NORTHEAST GLENDALE — While Conor Blakey has attended his share of baseball, basketball and soccer camps in recent years, he had yet to win a prize.
It wasn't something that tugged at Blakey, 11, but it might have been the perfect motivation to reverse course. For that to change, Blakey knew he needed to apply his complete concentration on catching tennis balls while looking into the blinding sun in short left field at Stengel Field on Wednesday during the Falcon Summer Baseball Camp.
Blakey needed to be sharp and up to the challenge while collecting a plethora of grass stains on his jersey. He made an array of sliding and over-the-shoulder-catches en route to winning the competition and snagging an elusive prize — a baseball jersey.
"It came to two people and me for the prize," said Blakey, one of about 75 participants on hand to learn the sport's fundamentals from Crescenta Valley High baseball Coach Phil Torres, his assistants and current and former players. "The balls were being hit higher and harder and I had to concentrate, like catching the balls with two hands.