Wichita State hosts yearly baseball camp

Wichita State University baseball head coach Todd Butler is following in the steps of former coach Gene Stephenson.

Butler will soon be leading a weeklong baseball camp at Eck Stadium for children ages 9 and older. The camp will offer 30 hours of instruction on throwing, catching and other fundamentals of the game by coaches, players, staff and alumni players.

The camp will kick off July 29, and end with an evening session of games that Friday.

The Wichita State baseball organization has been having the camps since 1994, said administrative assistant of baseball and camp coordinator Shelley Wombacher.

The one week premium camp is just one of many that the team offers throughout the year including a prospect camp, a team camp tournament and a coaching camp with pitching coach Brent Kemnitz.

Wombacher said that while the camps are hosted by Wichita State, most of those who attend are from out of town, and many are even from other states. The popularity of the camps has not waned this year, despite major staff changes.

“The prospect camp is almost sold out as well as the pitching camp,” Wombacher said.

Kemnitz was the only coach to remain on staff after the firing of head coach Gene Stephenson in May.

The pitching camp is a single-day event on July 28 that will offer instruction from Kemnitz and other pitching experts. The camp will cover various techniques, strategies and preparations. Kemnitz will also give lectures on different aspects of pitching.

The final camp of the summer will be a prospect camp where high school students can showcase their talents to Wichita State and other local colleges.

For more information on the camps that the team offers, visit www.wichitastatebaseballcamps.com