The Des Plaines Park District hosted a Free Aquafina Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run Competition April 29 in the Prairie Lakes Field.
Pitch, Hit & Run is the official skills competition of Major League Baseball, designed to provide children with an opportunity to compete in a free event that recognizes individual excellence in core baseball/softball skills.
The pitch portion of the program tests how accurately a competitor can throw strikes to a designated "Strike Zone" target. The hit portion tests a competitor's ability to hit from a stationary tee for distance and accuracy. The run portion measures a competitor's speed in a sprint from second base, around third, and across home plate.
Competitors are divided into four age divisions 7/8, 9/10, 11/12, and 13/14.
In the girls ages 7-8 category, the All Around Champion was Maggie Gaughan, who won all three events.
In the girls ages 9-10 category, the All Around Champion was Annie Gaughan, who won the Hitting and Running events and tied with Brianna Migaczewski in the Pitching event.
In the girls ages 11-12 category, Samantha Parell was named the All Around Champion, winning both the Pitching and the Running events.
In the boys ages 7-8 category, Gabryl Escobar was the All Around Champion, winning the Pitching and Hitting events, while Matthew Lowery won the running event.
In the boys ages 11-12 category, Brandon Matias was the All Around Champion, winning the Hitting and Running events, while Vincent Parcelli won the Pitching event.
The winners now have the opportunity to advance to the sectional competition Saturday, May 19, at Boomers Stadium in Schaumburg.
For information about Des Plaines Park District events, call (847) 391-5700 or visit www.DPParks.org.
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