Scouts Take Over the Ballpark

    Sophomore Vahn Bozoian teaches kids to hang tough at the plate.

    April 1, 2014

    by Nicole Mellom

    Sunday, USC Athletics continued its community involvement with local Cub Scout organizations. More than 170 scouts and families loyally cheered on Trojan Baseball during their 14 inning game against Washington. Despite the extra innings, the USC athletes enthusiastically lined the dugout to sign autographs and take pictures with scouts and fans following the game.

    But their community work did not stop there. Spearheaded by Assistant Coach Vinny Lopez, the team hosted a 2 hour postgame baseball clinic for Cub Scouts. Coach Lopez designed the clinic to provide a fun introduction to baseball for new players and assist existing players in mastering fundamental skills. The student-athletes and coaches volunteered their time to run drills suitable for all ages and skill levels.

    Participants were divided into small personalized groups and rotated through a series of six stations. Sophomore outfielder Vahn Bozoian and senior catcher Jake Hernandez led the hitting station, while freshman catcher A.J. Fritts coached the scouts on base running. Fellow teammate J.R. Aguirre ran the throwing station and freshman pitcher Bernardo Flores instructed scouts on pitching technique. Finally, sophomore outfielder Carl Aguirre and freshman infielder Corey Dempster headed up the infield and outfield stations with support from Assistant Coach Matt Curtis.

    The clinic was not only a rewarding opportunity for the scouts, but also for the USC Baseball staff and student-athletes. USC Athletics looks forward to continuing their partnership with the local scouting community.

    This event came on the heels of this month's Kids Take Over the Ballpark day, when more than 500 local kids packed the stadium to see the Trojans take on UCLA. The next installment of the youth-centric promotion will be for the April 13th showdown against Utah.