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Trio of pro players to head up baseball camp

Posted: November 27, 2013 10:22 a.m.
Updated: November 29, 2013 5:00 a.m.

CAMDEN’S STEPHEN CARMON, a member of the San Diego Padres’ organization, will come back home for a youth baseball camp at American Legion Park on Saturday, Dec. 7.

The Camden High School baseball program, in conjunction with the Kershaw County Recreation Department, will host a one-day baseball camp on Saturday, Dec. 7 from noon until 3 p.m. at American Legion Park in Camden.
The camp will feature instruction from Camden High graduates Michael Kohn, Stephen Carmon, Kansas City Royals’ prospect Ali Williams and members of the Bulldog baseball staff.
Open to players ages seven through 14, the cost is $25 per participant. In the event of inclement weather, the camp will be moved inside to the old CLC gymnasium, located on York Street in Camden.
Campers will received instruction as to the fundamentals of baseball and are asked to bring their own bats and glove. They should also be dressed properly, wearing sweat pants or baseball pants along with warm clothes and cleats and sneakers, the latter in case of cold weather should the camp be moved indoors.
At the end of the camp, there will be a time allotted for an autograph session with Kohn, Carmon, and Williams.  There will be Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, San Diego Padres, Kansas City Royals and Camden High School items for sale, as well.
Registration is taking place at the KCRD office on West DeKalb Street in Camden or, by calling 425-6009.
About the instructors:

Michael Kohn: After having to sit out the entire 2012 season due to having undergone Tommy John surgery on his right (pitching) arm, Kohn started the 2013 season with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim’s AAA franchise in Salt Lake City before being called back to Anaheim on April 20, a year and 12 days after surgery.
Kohn’s was thrust back into the role of late-inning reliever and flourished there as he finished the season with one win and a 3.74 earned run average. His workload was a heavy one for someone coming off Tommy John surgery as he appeared in 63 Major League and five minor league contests.
Selected by the Angels in the 13th round, out of the College of Charleston, in the 2008 MLB Draft, Kohn quickly rose through the ranks and by 2010, he was making his MLB debut at Angels Stadium in a relief stint against the Boston Red Sox.
In three Major League seasons, the 6-foot-2, 200-pound right-hander has appeared in 101 games with three wins and a 3.84 earned run average.

Stephen Carmon: Like his cousin, Michael Kohn, Carmon was a former Bulldog standout who signed with USC-Aiken. While with the Pacers, Carmon enjoyed a stellar career at shortstop for the Pacers from 2009-12 and was a two-time All-Peach Belt selection and, in his senior year, was a semifinalist for the Tino Martinez Award as the NCAA Division II baseball player of the year.
A 5-foot-7, 155-pounder, Carmon was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 10th round of the 2012 MLD Draft and was sent to Eugene, Ore., to play in the class A rookie Northwest League. Carmon played in 49 games for the Emeralds, batting .275 with a home run, nine runs batted in and as many stolen bases. He was later promoted to the Padres’ high class A team in Lake Elsinore, Cal., where he finished out his first professional season.
In 2013, Carmon started out with the Padres’ Fort Wayne (Ind.) franchise in the high class A Midwest League. He played in 50 games, in which he batted .253 with a home run, 14 RBI and three triples, before his season came to an early end due to an injury.

Ali Williams: While hailing from Sumter, Williams has a Camden baseball connection as he is a cousin of the late Camden native and Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder, Larry Doby.
Williams, a right-handed pitcher, was selected by the Kansas City Royals out of Charleston Southern University in the 34th round of the 2011 MLB Draft.
The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder went 1-1 with the Royals’ Arizona League franchise in 2011 before being sent to Idaho Falls in the Pioneer League in 2012. While at Idaho Falls, Williams won three games with 67 strikeouts in 60 innings pitched.
In 2013, Williams started out with the Royals’ class A franchise in the South Atlantic League, the Lexington, Legends. He posted a 6-4 record with 69 strikeouts in 53.1 innings of work which earned him a promotion to Kansas City’s high class A franchise in the Carolina League, the Wilmington Blue Rocks.


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