For close to 30 years, William Carey head coach Bobby Halford has been leading college baseball player to great sucess, but 2 or 3 times a year he makes sure kids in the Pine Belt and the surrounding areas get a chance to learn baseball fundamentals.
"It's just a lot of fun to watch them progress," Halford said.
"It's fun to watch them come in on a monday and then on friday, you see a differnce, you see a kid to start to swing the bat a little bit."
Blaze Lewis, a 7th grader from Petal, explained what he's learned so far.
"We've been learning how to run and steal bases. We've also learned how to hit better."
Assistant coach Ben Smith recognizes baseball's importance in the Hattiesburg area and explains the value of beginning early.
"The Pine Belt is notorious for winning state championships at the high school level every year.
A lot of those kids then go on to play in college programs such as ours and Southern Miss, Jones Junior College, that's 3 here in this area.
So as kids start out early like the age group we have now, 7 to 12, it gives them a really good base for later in life."