Creighton University to hold baseball camp for youth next week at Cadwell Park in Mitchell
By TRAVIS MESTER
The Daily Republic
The Creighton University baseball team won the Missouri Valley Conference regular season and conference tournament titles this past season.
The Bluejays went on to go 1-2 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. They played their three regional games in Corvallis, Ore., and their season ended with a loss to the University of Georgia on June 5.
Now, a Creighton assistant coach and some current/former players are coming to Mitchell.
Bluejays' assistant Brandon Tormoehlen will be conducting a "Summer Ball" Youth Baseball Camp for players in kindergarten through eighth grade Thursday at Cadwell Park.
The camp will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. One session will run from 9 to noon and second session will run from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Cost of the camp is $30 for one session or $50 for both sessions.
"In the morning, we'll do all the skill work," Tormoehlen told The Daily Republic in a phone interview while on his way back from a camp in Altoona, Iowa, on Friday. "We'll cover infield, outfield, pitching, catching, baserunning and hitting.
"In the afternoon, we'll play a couple different offensive-oriented games."
Tormoehlen, who was a starting catcher at Butler University in 2004 and 2005, said the Creighton baseball program puts on training camps for kids on a yearly basis. The Bluejays have one player -- Jack VanLeur of Brandon -- from South Dakota on their roster.
Because of VanLeur's tie to South Dakota, Tormoehlen said Creighton has made it a habit of conducting camps in Brandon and Sioux Falls over the past few years. This will be the first time the Bluejays conduct a camp in Mitchell.
"Talking to people in Brandon and Sioux Falls, when you talk about baseball towns, it seems like everybody brings up Mitchell, South Dakota," Tormoehlen said. "We like coming to towns that love baseball and will have kids come out and take in the things we're trying to teach to the youth."
Sign-up for the camp can be done anytime before Thursday by calling Tormoehlen at 812-528-1439 or e-mailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Players cannot sign up on the day of the camp.
"We want to have a number of kids planned for because we have a certain system and a certain ratio that we want to make sure we stay at," Tormoehlen said. "We like to have about 10 players per coach."
Mitchell Baseball Association president Jim Larson said the MBA board was informed about the camp, but will not have a hand in Thursday's action.
"(Tormoehlen) just asked if he could use the facility and we said he could have at it," Larson said.
Tormoehlen said his only knowledge of Mitchell is what people in Brandon and Sioux Falls told him and a drive-by snapshot of the town last year.
"I vacationed last August in the Black Hills so I drove across the state," he said. "I saw the Cabela's by the exit, but this will be the first time stopping (in Mitchell)."