Local competitions, like this one, are being held all across the country, and they are the first step towards playing in the National Finals during the 2013 MLB All-Star Game Week in New York this summer. This is the sixth year Johns Creek has hosted a local “Pitch, Hit and Run” competition, said Sunnie McWalters, recreation program coordinator for the city.
“We do put this on as a community event so that our Johns Creek community has a local competition,” she said, but the event is open to children in surrounding cities and counties as well.
Participants will be separated by age group with children ages 7 to 8, 9 to 10, 11 to 12, and 13 to 14 competing against each other. The competition is set up to test individual skills in pitching, hitting and running, and participants are judged on a point system.
“For pitching, they’ll get [about] five pitches to hit a target goal, and how many times they hit it gives them so many points,” McWalters said. “It’s all about a point system. [With] hitting, they try to hit it as far as they can and as straight as they can. And then running is a timed thing — so many seconds for so many points.”
The athletes from each age group who are named pitching champion, hitting champion, running champion and all-around champion will advance to the sectional level of the competition. Those who advance from sectionals will compete in the Team Championship and winners from that level of competition will advance to the National Finals.
McWalters said about 50 participants or more can be expected to come out to the local competition. Children of any skill level are welcome.
“They don’t have to be already on a Johns Creek baseball or softball team,” she said. “They can be somebody who’ve played baseball their whole life or somebody [who is in] their first year.”
There is no fee to participate in the competition. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. on the day of the event, and the competition will last from 10 a.m. to noon.
Baseball and softball equipment will be provided, but participants can bring their own bats, gloves and gear if they desire. Children must bring their birth certificates for verification of age.
If you go:
What: Pitch, Hit and Run competition
Where: Ocee Park, 10900 Buice Road, Johns Creek
When: April 20 from 10 a.m. to noon; registration begins at 9:30 a.m.