Baseball is all about fundamentals, learning how to field the ball, catch, hit and bunt.
And no one knows that any better than legendary Coach Robert Sapp, who taught 75 area youngsters about various aspects of the game during a week-long baseball camp held at Sweetwater Park near Thomson last week.
"This entire game is surrounded about the fundamentals," said Coach Sapp during an interview with The McDuffie Mirror. "Our camps teach a lot about the importance of fundamentals."
For the past 29 years, Coach Sapp's camps have become famous for producing top-notch baseball players at the high school, college and professional levels.
"I was pleased with the turnout of kids that we had for the camp in Thomson," said Coach Sapp. "We had a real good group of kids who worked real hard and I hope learned a lot of things about baseball - the do's and the don'ts."
Coach Sapp has put on baseball camps through the Thomson-McDuffie Recreation and Leisure Services for several years, according to Recreation Director Bob Howard.
"We always enjoy Coach Sapp coming to Thomson and putting on one of his baseball camps, because we know first of all that's it's going to be a first-class run camp and secondly that the kids are going to learn from him and his staff," said Mr. Howard.
During the baseball camp last week, Coach Sapp reminisced about some of the players that have come through his camps in the last 29 years.
"I remember a lot of stories about a lot of the players that have come through our camps," said Coach Sapp. "Some of them were really funny. And I guess that's why I remember them so well."
He shared several of them with Scott Swann, one his assistants during the camp and a reporter friend.
Those attending the Sapp Baseball Camp last week came from Thomson, as well as Wrens, Lincolnton, and Columbia County.