Wyoming Area Warriors conduct baseball camp for youngsters

By Tom Robinson - For Sunday Dispatch
Wyoming Area head baseball coach Rob Lemoncelli, far right, rallies 47 campers before drills begin at the Wyoming Area Baseball Camp held at the Atlas Field, West Pittston. - Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch
Coach Lemoncelli, left, runs campers through drills during camp. - Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch
Nico Maiorana, 8, of Duryea, has competition from Coach Lemoncelli while running drills. - Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch
Jack Bernardi, 7, of Duryea, focuses on catching the ball. - - Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch
First baseman Daniel Feeney, 12, of West Pittston, stretches to get runner Jack Hurst, 12, of Plains. - - Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch

EXETER – With his first season as head coach complete, Rob Lemoncelli turned his attention to the future by organizing the Wyoming Area Warriors Summer Baseball Camp.

The camp, held Monday through Thursday at the team’s Atlas Field, drew 48 participants ages 6-14.

Lemoncelli, his coaching staff and team and two Division I college players, led the players through workouts designed to expand their knowledge and enjoyment of the game.

“What we do is we take them through and we model some of the stuff we do on the varsity level and we water it down for them,” Lemoncelli said.

The players were split into two nearly equal-sized groups with the 6-9-year-olds on a smaller, adjacent field and the 10-14-year-olds on Atlas Field for most sessions.

“The most important thing is that they leave here and they want to come back,” Lemoncelli said. “They leave here with a big smile on their face and they’re having fun every day that they come.”

Lemoncelli hopes the camp boosts the program’s reputation in the community by giving back and showing its appreciation to those who support the team during its season. He said the timing worked well with most young players having just completed their seasons.

“All-stars just finished up, so we’re kind of right in the perfect time period where kids can come out and still play baseball at the end of the season,” he said.

Returning players of the Wyoming Area program joined their coaches in working with the young players. They also got assistance from Pittston Area graduate Michael “Bucky” Schwab, who just finished a career at Lehigh University, and Coughlin graduate, Dave Mariggi, who plays at Towson University.

“We’re going to do this yearly,” said Lemoncelli, a former Pittston Area player and assistant coach who was appointed to the position in September 2017. “The turnout was very good.

“We had a lot of positive feedback. This is just another step in the program we’re building.”

The majority of campers were from the Wyoming Area School District, but Lemoncelli said the camp was also attended by youngsters from Old Forge, Pittston Area and Wilkes-Barre.

After three days of instruction, the final day featured competition.

“We breed competition here,” Lemoncelli said.

Competition winners in the 10-14-year-old group were Johnathan Webb for Home Run Derby, Jack Hurst for Groundball Knockout and Kevin Wiedl for Accurate Throw. Marco Agolino, Nico Maiorana and Cody Jackson won the same competitions for 6-9-year-olds.

Wyoming Area head baseball coach Rob Lemoncelli, far right, rallies 47 campers before drills begin at the Wyoming Area Baseball Camp held at the Atlas Field, West Pittston.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_BaseballCamp1-1.jpgWyoming Area head baseball coach Rob Lemoncelli, far right, rallies 47 campers before drills begin at the Wyoming Area Baseball Camp held at the Atlas Field, West Pittston. Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch

Coach Lemoncelli, left, runs campers through drills during camp.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_BaseballCamp2-1.jpgCoach Lemoncelli, left, runs campers through drills during camp. Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch

Nico Maiorana, 8, of Duryea, has competition from Coach Lemoncelli while running drills.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_BaseballCamp3-1.jpgNico Maiorana, 8, of Duryea, has competition from Coach Lemoncelli while running drills. Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch

Jack Bernardi, 7, of Duryea, focuses on catching the ball.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_BaseballCamp4-1.jpgJack Bernardi, 7, of Duryea, focuses on catching the ball. Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch

First baseman Daniel Feeney, 12, of West Pittston, stretches to get runner Jack Hurst, 12, of Plains.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_BaseballCamp5-1.jpgFirst baseman Daniel Feeney, 12, of West Pittston, stretches to get runner Jack Hurst, 12, of Plains. Tony Callaio | For Sunday Dispatch

By Tom Robinson

For Sunday Dispatch

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