Good weather greets baseball campers

Kyler Johns throws the ball to first base while Houston Preston (black shirt) looks on during a game on the final day of the Bobby Sprowl Baseball Camp at Athens Bible School. The camp took place from Monday through Thursday and had 67 participants ages 6-17.

Bobby Sprowl was worried about the weather coming into his annual baseball camp at Athens Bible School.

But it turned out there was nothing to worry about, as pleasant weather greeted the young baseball players as they learned some new skills this week at the annual camp.

“I was looking at the weather last week and was worried about a lot of humidity and possible rain,” Sprowl said Thursday during the final day of the camp. “But we've had some great weather this week. The humidity was down, and the rain held off. We had a little bit of a sprinkle one day, but other than that, we stayed dry.”

The camp wrapped up Thursday for the 67 campers ages 6–17. Sprowl, a former University of Alabama and Major League pitcher who is the head baseball coach at Shelton State Community College, ran the camp along with some of this assistant coaches and players.

"I host several camps during the summer, and most of the time it's hot and humid and can be pretty miserable,” Sprowl said. “But this week was perfect. You don't get a lot of weeks like this during the summer in Alabama.”

Sprowl has been hosting a baseball camp at Athens Bible since the mid-1990s and said the people are what keeps him coming back every year.

“There's a lot of great kids here,” Sprowl said. “They love being out there and want to learn.”

Sprowl said he has been doing the camp so long, he has coached both fathers and sons through the years.

“It's a pretty neat experience,” he said.

He expects to continue returning to Athens in the future.

“This is one of my favorite places,” Sprowl said. “I really enjoy it. Athens Bible School does a great job with helping us. I've been here over 20 years and have never had what I would call a bad camp.”