Hey, batter, batter, batter!
Boys and girls who go batty for baseball can show off their skill set in the annual “Pitch, Hut & Run” competition at the St. Charles Park District’s East Side Sports Complex on Sunday, May 6 beginning at 12 noon.
Sponsored by Scotts, “Pitch, Hit & Run” is the official skills competition of Major League Baseball and is designed to provide young ball players a chance to take part in a competition that recognizes individual performance in three essential baseball skills. Competition is broken-down by age groups: 7 to 8 years of age; 9- to 10-year-olds; and the 11 to 14 age group.
In the “Pitch” portion, each participant will throw pitches at a strike zone target which is the same size as the Major League strike zone. “Hitting” for distance and accuracy will be judged by a tape measure that runs from the mound through center field, while “Running” is a timed event measuring the speed with which players can go from 2nd base to home.
Winners from the local St. Charles Park District competition can advance through three additional levels including sectionals, team championships and national finals, according to Melissa Caine, Athletic Supervisor.
“This is a great competition,” said Caine. “Not only does it give kids a chance to evaluate their skills, it also gives them a chance to advance to levels all the way up to national recognition.”
This year’s national competition will take place during All-Star Week, which is an exciting opportunity for kids to demonstrate their skills on a major league ballpark. All thirty major league ballparks will be hosting “Pitch Hit and Run” competitions and finalists will get a chance to participate in a variety of festivities, such as shagging fly balls during the Home Run Derby.
“For kids who love baseball, I can’t imagine a more exciting experience than to compete on a major league field and take part in one of the sport’s premiere events,” said Caine.
Parent volunteers from St. Charles Boys Baseball and associated groups help make sure that the event runs smoothly, said Caine.
“In past years we have had a great turnout of 50 to 60 participants,” said Caine.
For more information on registering or volunteering for the event, contact Melissa Caine at 630-513-4336.