Youth baseball and softball players are getting top notch training from several area standouts and former college and professional baseball players this week. A locally owned youth athletic training facility, Hitter’s Inc., began hosting summer camp for boys ages 5-9, Monday.

It’s not too late to get in on the action though. Sign-up continues all week with full day and half day camps available.  Camps for boys ages 10-12 will be held June 23-27. Softball camps will begin July 7-11. Another session for boys ages 5-9 will be held June 30-July 3.

Friday, former Bridge City Cardinal second baseman and two-time UIL State Baseball Tournament participant, Derrick Coleman, was working with a group of youngsters on hitting skills during the regular summer session of the youth baseball and softball facility. Daily activities at Hitter’s Inc. also include ping pong and Playstation plus tournaments and games.

The summer camps, however, will be focused on improving baseball and softball skills.

“The kids will leave the camps with a good knowledge and working experience of all the fundamentals of hitting, fielding and pitching,” said Ronnie Shugart, an owner and instructor for Hitters, Inc. Shugart is a former Bridge City Cardinal pitching standout who has worked within local youth baseball for many years.

The roster of instructors for the camps include former West Orange-Stark Mustang great Roderick Robertson. Robertson’s 12 year professional career includes the Phillies, Tigers, Cubs and Orioles. An All-American, Robertson is the younger brother of Andre’ Robertson a 1981 World Series participant for the New York Yankees.

Also former LC-M Bear pitcher Joshua Gray is among the instructors. Gray was All Southland Conference pitching for Lamar three seasons and played for the Minnesota Twins in the 2003-2006 seasons. Later he became a strength and conditioning coach at Lamar University.

Former Lady Cardinal pitcher Shandi Conner will be hurling softball skills for the girls with Chrystal Lundy. Conner, a 2008 BCHS graduate, recently signed to play for the LSC-PA Seahawks. Lundy was a PN-G Lady Indian and All-State softball player who was graduated in 1999 after being named All-American Scholar Athelete of the Year.

Other camp instructors include Nederland High School pitcher Jesse Floyd who was drafted in the 20th round by the New York Yankees as he completed a stellar high school career. In 2000 Floyd was drafted by the Houston Astros following his freshman year at San Jacinto Jr. College.  He was an All Southland Conference pitcher for Lamar University where he still holds the best winning percentage in Lamar history. His resume includes the San Francisco Giants and Minnesota Twins.

Nederland’s William Delage became an All-Southland Conference pitcher for Lamar as well. In 2006 Delage was drafted in the 14th round to the Cleveland Indians.

Also, former Nederland All-State catcher Josh Stinson is Camp Director. Stinson began his collegiate career as a freshman catcher for the University of Oklahoma moving to San Jacinto College the next season where he became a NCAA World Series participant. He became the starting catcher for Texas A & M University and was named to the All-Big XII Baseball Team.

Youth attending the baseball and softball camps are asked to bring their own gear, a sack lunch, drinks, sunblock and mosquito spray. Vending machines also supply drinks and Powerade.

Hitter’s Inc. is located directly behind the Bridge City Little League Park in Bridge City. For more information call 697-1076