CCHS players visit Clemson camp

Published 3:52 pm Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Chilton County baseball players (clockwise from top left) Craig Headley, Cameron Cummings, Blake Teel, Tyler Crowson and J.D. Minor are shown with CCHS coach Josey Shannon and Clemson coach Jack Leggett.

Several Chilton County High School baseball players could be primed for big seasons in 2012 after participating in one of the country’s top offseason camps.

Tyler Crowson, Cameron Cummings, Craig Headley, J.D. Minor and Blake Teel took part in the renowned Clemson Baseball Camp on Dec. 3-4.

“We’ve been going to Jacksonville State for a team camp the past few years,” CCHS coach Josey Shannon said. “I asked some of the guys if they would like to mix it up a little this year and go somewhere different. A couple of them said they wanted to go to Clemson.”

The camp might have especially benefitted Crowson, a second baseman; Headley, a catcher; and Minor, a shortstop, because Clemson coach Jack Leggett’s specialty is working with infielders.

But even Cummings and Teel pitch when they aren’t playing in the outfield.

“He is one of the best infield instructors there are,” Shannon said. “I was there, and I took notes all day about things I could bring back to my program.”

Shannon said he was also impressed with the camp because of the demands placed on the players.

“That fits the bill for what we want to base our program on,” he said. “We don’t have star-filled teams, but we want to out-work people. I thought it would be a challenge for our kids.”