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Published June 09, 2012, 05:51 PM

Youngsters take part in Twins Baseball Clinic

Grand Forks, ND (WDAZ TV) - It's a dream all youngsters share on the baseball diamond playing like a big leaguer.

By: Stacie Van Dyke, WDAY

It's a dream all youngsters share on the baseball diamond playing like a big leaguer. Today that dream came true for youngsters in Grand Forks as Twins Baseball Clinic made a stop.

The bats are hot, the fielding is sharp, and local baseball players are ready to learn from the pros.

Eric Bogert - Youth Clinic Participant: “I really like the fact that we got to meet the coaches, the two coaches and the person that taught Joe Mauer how to hit.”

Joe's uncle, Ken Mauer, a former professional baseball player himself, is teaching kids the ins and outs of baseball and much more.

Ken Mauer - Minnesota Twins: "Being on time, discipline, learning something about baseball, being happy with what he's doing playing ball. That's what I like about it."

The Twins ran this free event for 6-16 year olds and volunteers with a love of the game pitched in.

Mitch Sutton - Volunteer: “I remember growing up, I'm sure a lot of these guys do, playing sports, you need a good role model to look up to. And having especially a professional team come out here, it's awesome for these kids to try and learn and be excited to learn.”

Kids learned all kinds of basic skills, but there was a clear favorite...

Bradie Konze - Youth Clinic Participant: “Hitting.”

Eric Bogert - Youth Clinic Participant: “Hitting.”

Nick & Lexi Schneider - Youth Clinic Participants: “I hit one all the way to the green fence!”

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