Indians player holds pitching camp

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Aspiring baseball stars got a few tips straight from the experts.

The Baseball School hosted a special camp Wednesday with Scrappers pitcher Ben Heller at Mill Creek’s Kramer Field in Youngstown. Originally from Wisconsin, Heller says the Mahoning Valley reminds him a lot of home, and he wants to give back to the community.

“I just think it’s great to be able to give back,” said Heller. “When I was a kid, I loved going to things like this and having baseball players to look up to.”

Heller, who was drafted by the Cleveland Indians earlier this year, spent the morning teaching the kids the ins and outs of pitching like a pro.

“It’s actually fun. I’m learning how the Indians warm up and how they go through all their pitching. It’s fun,” said Anthony Monaco of Struthers.

While there’s plenty of fun, the young athletes learned how to balance, throw, and follow through. The players can use the skills and techniques the next time they’re on the little league mound and maybe one day on Eastwood Field, just like Heller.

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