RailCats clinic July 22
The Gary SouthShore RailCats announced will offer a Legends for Youth free baseball clinic for kids, hosted by the MLB Players Alumni Association, July 22 at U.S. Steel Yard. The clinic will be presented by Gary native and former Major League pitcher Latroy Hawkins, Home Field Advantage and the RailCats. Session 1, for 8-12 year olds, runs from 10 a.m. to noon, and session 2, for 13-17 year olds, follows from 1-3 p.m. Register for the event at https://www.mlb.com/mlbpaa/events/gary-clinic.
LP boys hoops camp next week
La Porte High School will host its second annual boys basketball summer camp for kids ages Kindergarten through eighth grade Monday through Thursday. The K-4 group meets from 8-9:30 a.m., followed by the 5-8 group from 10-11:30 a.m. Instructors will be members of the Slicers coaching staff and current players. Registration is $40, $35 for each additional child. The fee includes a one-of-a-kind shirt, available only to camp participants. For details or to print a registration form, visit the La Porte High School Athletics website, click on camps and select Boys Basketball Camp.
Relay for Life of La Porte County
The Relay for Life of La Porte County will be on June 29 starting at 10 a.m. thru June 30 at 6 a.m. at the La Porte County Fairgrounds. It’s open to the public and it’s free admittance. There’ll be free entertainment, silent and live chair auctions, food, wares and games. Relay For Life is a community-based fundraising event for the American Cancer Society. For more information, contact Janet.Wartman@cancer.org or visit www.relayforlife.org/laportecountyin.
LP American Legion team wins opener
La Porte Post 83 Hamon Gray started the American Legion baseball season with a 10-4 win over Valparaiso Post 84 at Jeff DeCamp Field in La Porte on Monday. After a shaky start on defense and three Valpo runs in the top of the first inning, La Porte went six errorless innings and only allowed one more run. Starting pitcher Nick Lemon and relief pitchers Riley Attar and Nathan Galinowski kept Valpo at bay. La Porte got on the board in the third on a sacrifice fly by Alex Contreas. A Valpo throwing error on a pop fly by Caleb McGuire scored Collin Howard for La Porte's second run. Valpo struggled to find the strike zone the rest of the game as La Porte tallied a flurry of runs in the fifth and sixth. La Porte ended the game with hits by Howard, Luke Swistek, Contreas, McGuire, and Luke Noveroske. La Porte next plays tonight at Chesterton.
McLain to appear in Three Oaks
The Biggest Little Baseball Museum and the Acorn Theater in Three Oaks, Mich., will host Denny McLain, baseball’s last 30-game winner, on June 22. The former Detroit Tiger, who won the American League MVP and Cy Young awards in 1968, when he went 31-6, will conduct an autograph session at the museum, located at 3 N. Elm St., from 9-11 a.m. At 11:30, he will appear on stage at the nearby Acorn Theater, where he will reminisce with fans about his teammates and the ‘68 world championship season. The presentation will be followed by another autograph session in the theater lobby. The $10 theater admission price includes a hot dog, unlimited soft drinks, and a box of Cracker Jack. There will also be a cash bar. Tickets are available on the Acorn website at www.acornlive.org.
Briar Leaf Summer Junior Camps
Briar Leaf Golf Club is offering its popular Summer Junior Golf Camps beginning in June. The camps are offered four times in the summer and feature professional swing instruction from PGA Professional Jay Williams and PGA Associate Cody Ward and their staff, as well as on-course play. Beginning juniors can register for the First Swing Program, while experienced golfers may participate in the Players Club. Registration forms are available at Briar Leaf or on the club's website at briarleaf.com. Early registration is encouraged to insure a spot in the desired week. For more information, call Briar Leaf at 219-326-1992.
La Porte Junior Golf Tour
Registration is now open for this summer's La Porte Junior Golf Tour. Designed for juniors who have on-course playing experience, the tour visits Briar Leaf, Beechwood, Legacy Hills and Michigan City Municipal in a seven-tournament schedule. Players will compete in age groups ranging from 8 to 17 years old for both boys and girls. At only $45 for the season, the tour provides a great opportunity for juniors to play at all of the local public golf courses in a tournament atmosphere. Registration forms are available at Briar Leaf Golf Club or on the La Porte Junior Golf Tour Facebook page. For more information, call Jay Williams or Cody Ward at Briar Leaf at 219-326-1992.