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Camp and Summer Season Keeping Duluth Diamond Jaxx Busy

Updated: July 07, 2020 04:27 PM

Baseball is the reason one Florida man is spending his summer in Duluth.

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For the last two summers, John Edwards who is from Jacksonville, Fla. has traveled up north to put on his Duluth Diamond Jaxx Baseball Camp.

It's four days long and is taking place at the Buffalo House.

Edwards' camp is put on for 8-14 year old players with the help of his 16U traveling ball team. Edwards played college ball has been coaching for 22 years. He still coaches a high school team in Florida and dedicates his summers to continuing to teach youth players.

"I try to teach them footwork on defense, then arm slot, basis mechanics on the field; throwing, hitting, pitching. It's a lot to catch onto in four days, but they catch on pretty quick," explained Edwards about his campers. "Just the love of the game. That's what we try and teach them. To love it, to play it right and to respect the game. Hopefully to build character in their lives and to understand defeat sometimes," he added.

Edwards' 16U team has been making some noise themselves on the diamond winning a 19U tournament in North Dakota and finishing as the runner-ups in a tournament in Minneapolis. They currently boast a 12-1 record this summer and are headed to Iowa for a tournament this weekend.

The team said what makes them dynamic is having kids from all over.

"I came up because I want to go to college up here and get recruited by scout out in the Midwest," explained 16-year-old Ian Moore who is from Florida. "I guess drawing kids from Duluth, Superior, Proctor and then Florida," he added is what has made their season successful.

The team plans to host a tournament at Wade Stadium July 22-24. Before Edwards leaves for the summer, he plans to put on another youth tournament.

Visit the John Edwards Duluth Diamond Jaxx Baseball Camp 2020 Facebook page for more information.

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