Over 500 fans celebrate NAIA champs
LEBANON -- Stockton Field / Woody Hunt Stadium was filled to capacity Monday as Cumberland baseball fans celebrated the 2014 Avista-NAIA World Series title won Friday, May 30 by their beloved Bulldogs.
With Hall of Fame coach Woody Hunt leading the parade atop a City of Lebanon fire truck, the team drove through town and across the square as the CU faithful lined West Main Street.
Out of the NAIA Top 20 for the majority of the season, Hunt's team closed the season on a 26-6 run and captured the program's third national championship -- blanking tournament host and No. 2-ranked Lewis-Clark 3-0.
Once back on campus, the team was lauded by City Mayor Philip Craighead and County Mayor Randall Hutto, before Coach Hunt took the microphone at home plate -- drawing a loud and lengthy standing ovation from the throng.
"I did less coaching with this team than any other in my time here," Hunt said, "I gave them the keys and they drove us to a national championship. We've had teams here with more talent, but we've never had a bunch with this much determination and the ability to overcome adversity.
"I'm so proud of this team and this community. We're not going to rest -- we're going after number four next year."
Players and coaches signed autographs and shook hands well after the formal program ended.
DOG BITES -- Four different Cumberland University baseball camps will take place throughout the month of June into early July. The first option, a hitting camp for ages 6-12 will begin Monday, June 9, running until Thursday, June 12.
The hitting camp, including a morning session (9 a.m.-noon each day) is for ages 6-9, while the afternoon session (1-4 p.m.) will offer instruction to ages 10-12. The camp emphasizes techniques of hitting.
The instructors will use teaching devices to demonstrate proper hitting mechanics. Cost is $95 per camper for each session.
The second option, an all-day fundamental camp will begin June 16-19. The four-day camp will last from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day for ages 8-14. The cost is $175 per camper.
The morning sessions will emphasize the fundamentals in all phases of the game, while the afternoon sessions will include game situations and scrimmages. Lunch will also be provided to each camper.
From June 23-26, the Bulldog baseball team will provide a pitching camp for ages 8-14. The camp will last from 9 a.m. to noon each day and will emphasize basic and advanced fundamentals of pitching. The cost is $95 per camper.
The final opportunity of the summer, from June 30-July 3, will be an advanced fundamental camp for ages 13-18. The program will emphasize fundamental skills of the game in more advanced instruction and drills. Cost is $95 per camper. All of the CU baseball camps feature one-on-one instruction with Bulldogs head coach Woody Hunt, as well as other camp instructors.
More information on the camp, and registration forms can be found on the camps and clinics page of gocumberlandathletics.com.