Nearly 50 Southeast Texas high school baseball players received top notch coaching and a chance to perform for college baseball recruiters at Cardinal Baseball Field on Monday. The baseball academy was hosted by Hitters Inc. of Bridge City.

High school players from West Orange-Stark, Little Cypress-Mauriceville, Orangefield, Bridge City, Port Neches-Groves, Kirbyville, Nederland, Vidor, West Brook, Ozen, Lumberton, Sabine Pass, Livingston and several schools from southwest Louisiana came together for the day long event.

The Academy was organized and facilitated by Chris Fackler, a former assistant and interim head coach at McNeese State University. He currently is also an associate scout for the  Colorado Rockies. He has assisted in getting over 230 players to the next level over the years which was a key goal of the event.

Morning sessions included a power point hitting presentation by Jeff Edwards, Rockies area scout, arm care and arm conditioning by Steve Riha, a scout for the Cubs, and Darin Forse of Galveston Junior College. Jimmy Durham of San Jacinto Junior College and Johhny Dishon for the Milwaukee Brewers, covered outfield play. Jeff Willis, LSU – Eunice, and Javai Solis, Wharton Junior College, covered infield fundamentals with the players.

Speakers included Chris Counts, of Baton Rouge Community College, and Craig Smastrjla, of the MLB scouting bureau, gave a presentation on what scouts look for and how players are graded. The scouting bureu put the players through drills and scored their performances for possible recruitment after graduation.

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