Young baseball players learn from a former big leaguer at Alderson City Park.

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 Seth McClung spent 16 years in professional baseball including stints with the Tampa Bay Rays and the Milwaukee Brewers. McClung got his start playing for the Greenbrier East Spartans and loves being able to come back to Southern West Virginia and give back. 

 In Alderson, McClung held a clinic that consisted of infield/outfield drills, base running, and some batting practice. The kids that participated ranged from 6 years old all the way up to 13. 

 He currently coaches Big Red Baseball’s Florida Select Shock, made up of some of the best amateur players in the Tampa Bay region. McClung and his team are in town for the Hillbilly Hardball Classic this weekend in Elkins, West Virginia. For Seth McClung, it is all about giving back to his former town, but also making good men out of the players on his team.

 He said, “I think any time you have young men leading kids, it sharpens their ability to understand what they’re trying to do. If you’re a player who’s teaching a younger kid to stay back or to get their elbow up, obviously it’s going to remind you to do the same thing.”

 The 25th Annual Hillbilly Hardball Classic kicks off tomorrow and runs through June 21st in Elkins. 30 teams from various parts of the country will compete in the tournament and showcase their skills to college scouts.

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