The first ever Southwest Montana Baseball Camp kicked off yesterday afternoon at Heroes Park in Bozeman.
The camp was put on by the Bozeman Bucks and Belgrade Bandits and they even had the help from a Major League scout from the Miami Marlins on hand.
Ryan Wardinsky is a close friend of Bandits coach Johnny Graham and when Graham and Bozeman Bucks coach Dave Legg decided to put on the camp they contacted Ryan to see if he would be available for the kids, and he was more than willing to help.
The camp was split into two parts. Kids aged 8 to 12 trained from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. followed by kids 12 to 18 training from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. Over 100 players in total showed up for the camp.
Some in the crowd discussed the Bucks and Bandits rivalry, but the two coaches say they have nothing but admiration for one another.
"Dave Legg since he took over the program, I admire the way he does it," said Bandits coach Johnny Graham. "I haven't been able to get inside and see how they practice but you can tell how a team practices and gets things done by watching them play. Ryan and I talked about the camp before and I said let me call Dave Legg and see if he's into it. It would be a blast to see Bozeman and Belgrade put this on. I think two quality coaching staffs getting together with a major league guy trying to make this happen, he was more than willing."
"You know it's good to see them in a different light than as a competitor and try and help them out as well." said Bucks coach Dave Legg. "Whatever we can do promote the game here in the valley and keep interest going in baseball, I think that's both of our main objectives with this."
Both coaches are hopeful that they will be able to make this camp an annual event.