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Updated: 01/03/2018 10:08:10AM

Youngsters learn from the pros in Venice

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PHOTO BY STEPHEN McKAY

Jack Mohrmann goes into the hole at shortstop.

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Aaron Matthews ranges into the hole to stop a base hit.

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Peyton Gomez snags a sharply hit one-hopper.

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A veteran of several previous camps, 13-year-old Jeremiah Pachota attended for the first time as a coach.

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Jett Steinert, 10, of Venice, reins in a fly ball headed for the outfield fence.

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Coaches and campers thank the sponsors by posing with the sponsors banner. About 40 businesses contributed to the 31st Holiday Baseball Camp at Chuck Reiter Park.

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Bradley Hanson uses a tee to work on his swing.

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Ten-year-old Jett Stewart (with hand raised) has a question for coach Tomas Nido. A catcher, Nido is on the New York Mets' 40-man roster. He made his Major League debut this past September at Wrigley Field.

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Bradley Hanson was presented with a trophy and bat after being named MVP for his age group.

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Venice High graduate and Cincinnati Reds’ prospect Nick Longhi stayed late to sign autographs. Other coaches stayed late as well, including Stephen Kerr of the Los Angeles Angels, Logan Allen of the San Diego Padres and Luis Guillorme and Tomas Nido of the New York Mets.

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Tanner Archer fouls a pitch off the skinny part of the bat.

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Dasan Novo, 9, shows why he earned a hitting trophy in the 9- to 10-year-old group.

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Aiden Carey, 9, puts the tag on Peyton Gomez.

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Jake Delaney, 9, fixes his eyes on a nose-high pitch.

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While balancing on the third-base bag Brian Schapley, left, takes the throw and tags Jack Mohrmann in one motion.

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After making a diving tag to end a run down, Grayson Slack shows his excitement after getting the out call.

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Proud grandfather Carl Mora, back to camera, takes a picture of his grandson, Dasan Novo, as he holds his hitting trophy. With Novo is the Mets’ Luis Guillorme, left, and the Angels’ Stephen Kerr.

By STEPHEN McKAY

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Surrounded by major league and professional baseball players, it’s not hard to believe a local boy learned to dream big at the Holiday Baseball Camp in Venice.

Now a professional baseball player himself, Venice High graduate and Cincinnati Reds prospect Nick Longhi ushered in the 31st annual clinic at Chuck Reiter Field. With two days of drills, games and fundamentals, nearly 50 local kids ages 6-12 had an opportunity to see how the pros do it.

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