Cambria Reds coach Gary Stephenson says you can always teach a boy the technical skills in Little League baseball, but what’s more important is the boy’s mind-set. “Attitude is the most important part of hitting. We can’t teach a kid how to be eager. I want kids to be anxious to hit,” Stephenson adds.
The coach added that there is “nothing more exciting than a kid eager to take his cuts.”
Stephenson, whose Reds have played for the Central Coast Little League championship over the past several years, offered hitting instruction — and encouragement — to several of his players as they took their cuts in a batting practice cage on Kerry Avenue in Cambria Monday, April 1.
“The two most common mistakes they make are swinging too hard — and as a result pulling their heads up in the process — and swinging at bad pitches or not swinging at good pitches.”
And while not every kid stepping up to the plate in a game situation remembers all the techniques taught to him in batting practice, the one “constant,” Stephenson continues, “is that the kids willing to really take direction are the ones who do the best.”
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The Cambria Reds take on the Cambria Rockies at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 9 at Leffingwell Field.