Youth baseball camp set for this weekend in Kirtland

By Sunnie Clahchischiligi
Special to Times

KIRTLAND, N.M., April 18, 2013

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A baseball camp for youth led by professional baseball players will be held in Kirtland, N.M. this weekend at the Naa'taanii Sports Academy indoor baseball and softball facility.

Participants will receive instruction from professional baseball players from Albuquerque, N.M. including Sean Creamer and his brother Adam Creamer, Danny Gonzales and Jeremy Tietze.

Thomas Montanez, co-organizer of the camp, said the four have top baseball experience ranging from Division I college baseball to playing professionally.

The camp, set for from April 20 to 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., is open but not limited to boys and girls ages 8 to 14.

The camp is $150 per child, or $75 per day.

Montanez said the camp is in its second run after having a successful first take with 20 participants in February.

He added that the camp was designed to provide young athletes with quality instruction they might not get elsewhere.

"The purpose of the camp is to give quality instruction to baseball players in this area, top notch instruction, very good instruction from very good instructors," he said. "A lot of kids are not able to get quality instruction that other kids can get. They don't have the opportunities, we're giving them the opportunity."

Montanez added that the camp is designed to instruct participants in advanced fundamentals and game situations. He said most of the participants usually already have baseball fundamentals down before enrolling in the camp.

The baseball facility is located at 4278A Highway 64 in Kirtland.

Information or to sign up, call Thomas Montanez at 505-330-4313.

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