August 22, 2013
Members of the Vermont Lake Monsters minor league baseball team are scheduled to appear at the Williston Baseball School Thursday morning at 10 a.m. to possibly contribute some coaching to the campers.
It is the final day of the camp, now in its third year. The camp has 12 to 15 boys ages 7 to 13 who have been going through the paces since Monday.
The camp is the creation of Cooper Norton, who started it as a Williston Central School Eighth Grade challenge project. He is going into his sophomore year at Rice Memorial High in South Burlington.
Counselors come from high school teams. Tuesday morning, Sam Mikell of Champlain Valley Union High and this summer’s Vermont Outlaws team was scheduled to work with young pitchers.
The focus Wednesday was to be on hitting. Running the bases would be a major work area Thursday.
Helping Cooper’s dad with mentoring Tuesday was veteran baseball player Ralph “Lefty” Gillette, an 83-year-old veteran of the Jericho Indians of the Vermont Senior Baseball League. Gillette joined the campers in a dash around the bases.
—Mal Boright, Observer correspondent