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A spring fever remedy

| Thursday, March 25, 2004

When springtime hits, a fever strikes boys and girls that can only be remedied by leather and aluminum.

Baseball fever is easy to diagnose.

They have it if they're seen jumping or diving for a ball that isn't there, then celebrating to cheers audible only to the imaginative ear. They have it when they take a Mickey Mantle-esque swing, staring toward the sky whispering, "It ... could ... go ... all ... the ... way ...."

In Mt. Lebanon, they took their gear indoors Saturday to the Ward Home Gym. It's there that Andy Bednar and John Kanche taught 7- to 12-year-olds America's pastime.

Bednar is the head baseball coach at Mars High School. Kanche recently played for an independent minor league team in Arizona.

The two, surrounded by about a dozen kids, ran through the basics.

"We really emphasize the fundamentals and the fun of playing baseball and softball," Bednar said. "The basic throwing techniques, catching, fundamental hitting."

It's the apple-a-day cure for one of spring's most common disorders.

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