The turnout wasn't the 50 youngsters expected, but those who did turn out were treated to some expert coaching from the Arizona Diamondbacks staff.
The coaches were at Payson High School Jan. 14 to host aspiring 6- to 12-year-old baseball players in a two-hour clinic as part of the 2006 Arizona Diamondbacks Hometown Tour sponsored by Arizona Public Service.
Following a registration period, the Diamondbacks put the young campers through a series of drills designed to improve their skills and knowledge of the game.
The morning clinic also featured games and competition designed to pique the interest of the youngsters.
Following the clinic, a business leader luncheon and autograph signing session hosted by APS was held at Famous Sams' restaurant in Payson.
The luncheon drew Mayor Barbara Brewer, town councilors and council candidates.
Among the Diamondback representatives present were pitcher Jason Bulger, catcher Chris Snyder and newly acquired infielder Orlando Hudson. Third-base coach Carlos Tosca and radio broadcaster Tom Candiotti were also present.
Diamondbacks Community Affairs Coordinator Alison Gabel said the tour was held as a thank-you to Diamondbacks fans across the state.
In addition to the stop in Payson, the Diamondbacks are slated to appear in Safford, Benson, Sierra Vista, Tucson, Flagstaff and Lake Havasu.