Brent Bean isn’t satisfied with the startling improvement his Atlantic City High School baseball team has made this spring. The Vikings’ second-year head coach has his squad headed to South Jersey Group IV playoff tournament for the first time in 12 years but knows successful high school programs must always have an eye on the future.

It’s a necessity considering the fact that every athletic team routinely loses about a quarter of its roster every June, as students graduate and move on.

That’s why developing a strong youth baseball presence in Atlantic City’s sending districts, including Brigantine, Longport, Margate and Ventnor, is so important to Coach Bean.

He hoped to make strides in that department last weekend, when his Vikings teamed up to host a youth clinic with Atlantic City’s softball program. The training session took place on the morning of Saturday, May 12, offering free lessons for players ages 7-14.

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