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Atomic City Update: Baseball and softball camps heading to LA over Spring Break

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By Phil Scherer

In sports, practice really does make perfect. It doesn’t matter how much natural ability someone has, the people who are truly successful are those who work the hardest.

A big part of that is going above and beyond, and taking the time to always learn new things.

This year, over Spring Break, those interested in baseball or softball between the ages of 7 and 14 will have that opportunity.

On March 26, Ryan Brewer, of the Albuquerque Baseball Academy, and Kelsey Stevens, a national champion from the University of Oklahoma’s 2016 softball team, will host camps at Overlook Park in White Rock.

This is the fifth year Brewer has held a camp in the area over Spring Break, while Stevens’ camp is a new addition this year.

One of Brewer’s camps will focus on hitting and defense, while the other will focus on pitching.

The hitting and defense camp will run from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., and the pitching camp will run from 1:30-3 p.m. Campers can attend both sessions if they choose.

Brewer pitched at Texas Tech University, and was signed by the Kansas City Royals after college. He has worked as a pitching coach at Texas Tech and at the University of New Mexico.

The hitting and defense portion of the camp will teach proper mechanics, mental approach and fundamentals necessary to become a better offensive and defensive player.

“Campers will walk out with an understanding of what they need to focus on as an individual, and which drills will help them improve at a faster rate,” Brewer said.

Understanding the power of the legs will be the main focus of the pitching portion. Campers will also be taught the importance of balance, timing, explosiveness, hand speed and finish.

The hitting and defense camp costs $80, and the pitching camp costs $30. The cost to attend both camps is $100.

Stevens’ camp, aimed at softball players, will be the same day. A beginners’ camp will be 9-11:30 a.m., and an advanced camp will run from noon-2:30 p.m.

The cost for both sessions is $50.

Brewer is the 2014 NCAA record holder for wins in a season by a pitcher, and was named USA Collegiate Pitcher of the Week twice.

The Albuquerque Baseball Academy has proved to be extremely successful since 2003, helping more than 300 kids earn college scholarships, including 165 Division-1 players. The Academy has seen 40 of its players drafted by Major League Baseball organizations, and three players have made it all the way to the Major League level. Their most successful player is Alex Bregman, who won the World Series last year with the Houston Astros and is one of the fastest rising stars in baseball.

For more information on any of the camps, and to sign up, contact Brewer at 505-730-6979 or email ryanbrewer32@gmail.com.