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MLB Scout Helps Southwestern Montana Baseball Camp

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While they often compete on the baseball diamond, the Bozeman Bucks and Belgrade Bandits teamed up together to host the second annual Southwest Montana Baseball Camp.

"We'll cover basic throwing and basic infield, outfield play, and some basic base running things,” said Belgrade Head Coach Johnny Graham. “Obviously, we'll swing it at the end."

The Bucks and Bandits had some help with the camp.

For the second straight year, Miami Marlins scout Ryan Wardinsky was the camps main attraction.

"The three of us combined to get a camp together in Bozeman to promote baseball in general, and in the area” said Wardinsky. “We're trying to get some younger kids out, some older kids out as well and help improve their game a little bit hopefully."

The MLB scout is no stranger to Montana.

He is from Kalispell where he grew up with Bandits Head Coach Johnny Graham.

"Ryan and I were neighbors growing up,” Graham said. “So we were best buddies back in Kalispell. We used to play wiffle ball in the back yard and barrow the L-screen from the legion coach in the winter time to swing it in our garages and stuff. Then we played legion ball growing up together in Kalispell. We've stayed close ever since."

Seeing a major league scout and former professional player was a thrill for the kids.

They got to learn from the best, but also got a lesson that reaches further than just baseball.

"I think it tells the kids that if you do it right, put in work, there's also a part of it that you have to be blessed to a degree that it could happen regardless of where you're from," said Coach Graham.

"I love coming back to Montana, in the summer especially,” Wardinsky said. “Trying to help some of these younger kids and teach them some things I've learned along the way, hopefully I can give them something that will make them a better player or help their passion for baseball."

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