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William Carey Hosts Youth Softball Camp

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More than 50 young girls hone their skills on day two of William Carey's youth softball camp.

"I'm just here to learn about as much about the game as I can," says eleven-year-old camper Bethany McCain.

"Just try to get better," says nine-year-old camper Maddie Weeks.

The all-skills camp teaches fundamentals such as hitting, fielding and baserunning, but the kids already look forward to something else about the camp.

"Day two they're coming, they already talk like, 'Ohhh I hope I'm on her team!,'" says William Carey head softball coach Wendy Hogue.

The girls play two games on day three of the camp.

"They have real umpire out here, and they get to sit in the big dugouts, and the instructors will coach them like it's a real game, and they get that real college experience I feel like at a young age," says Brian Weeks.

Weeks is Maddie's father.

He commends Hogue for starting the camp nine years ago.

"Coach Hogue cares, and she does it for the right reasons, so everything's an A+ for me."

Hogue started the camp during her first season as William Carey's head softball coach.

She talks about the camp's impact on its former participants.

"We had 12 of our girls that were out there were actually former campers, so I love it because it's a great recruiting tool for me."

The camp is having a similar effect on Maddie.

"I want to play here. It feels good because I know that I'll probably be on here again when I get older," says Maddie.

Regardless of future aspirations, every camper seems to cherish the camp for the same reason.

"Playing, having fun with my friends," says first-year camper Amya Burkett.

"Just being able to be here with my friends," says Bethany.

"Get to bat and see my friends and all that stuff," says Maddie.

The camp concludes on Thursday.

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