Whits Slate Holiday Youth Baseball Camp Dec. 28-30

News Release Date:
Tuesday, December 13, 2011

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Former Wa-Hi and Washington State University standout Jason Grove has joined the staff of a youth Winter Baseball Camp being offered by the Whitman College baseball program.

Jason Grove

The three-day camp, which is open to players between the ages of eight and 18, is set for Wednesday through Friday, Dec. 28-30, in the Sherwood Athletic Center on the Whitman campus.

Hours for the camp are 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. each day. The camp takes place in Sherwood's lower-level multi-purpose gymnasium, which is equipped with indoor batting cages.

Cost of the three-day camp is $100 per player.

Grove is a 1997 graduate of Wa-Hi, where he excelled in football and basketball as well as baseball. He hit .349 over three seasons at WSU and finished with 33 career home runs (tied with John Olerud for sixth all-time at WSU).

Mark Michaud

Grove was drafted by the New York Yankees as the 98th player taken in the 2000 amateur draft. He rose through the minor league ranks to play at the Double A level for both the Yankees and Minnesota Twins, and later finished his career in spring training with the Seattle Mariners.

Grove now works as an elementary school teacher in College Place and is an assistant baseball coach at Walla Walla Community College.

Whitman's Winter Baseball Camp will place its campers in age- and skill-appropriate groups for sessions that range from stretching, running and throwing to work stations specific to hitting and defensive skills.

     Mark Michaud, pitching coach

"This camp gives the younger athletes an opportunity to develop their skills and warm up a bit during the winter months," camp director Mark Michaud, Jr. says.

"The camp gives older athletes the chance to receive advanced instruction from college coaches and players.

"It's a chance for them to further develop and even showcase their skills going into their high school spring seasons."

Michaud is pitching coach for Whitman during the spring collegiate season and for the Walla Walla Sweets during the summer wood-bat season for some of the top collegians in the country.

The camp staff also includes Whitman head baseball coach Jared Holowaty, who captained Eastern Connecticut's 2002 NCAA Division III national championship team, and three coaches from Walla Walla Community College -- J.C. Biagi, Rob Holtzinger and Cesar Lopez.

Jared Holowaty

Biagi also serves as manager of the Walla Walla Sweets while Lopez is one of his coaches.

"We think our camp has some of the best coaches and teachers in the country," Michaud says.

"Past and present Whitman players and coaches will also help with the camp instruction."

For more information, or to register, please contact Michaud by phone (509 522-4438) or e-mail (michaud@whitman.edu).

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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; holden@whitman.edu