Pitch, Hit & Run Champion from DuPont Honored Sunday
Throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at Sunday’s Mariners vs. White Sox game will be last year’s national winner of the 2011 Aquafina MLB Pitch, Hit & Run 7-8 year old division, Emeka Egbuka of DuPont, Washington.
Emeka was one of the top four in his age group in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Alaska and British Columbia. He won his age group at Team Championships at Safeco Field last June. Emeka’s scores were compared to all competitors in his age range across the country and he was selected as one of four to go on to the national Pitch, Hit & Run Championship at the 2011 All-Star Game at Chase Field in Phoenix. Emeka emerged as the top player in his 7-8 year old division.
Pitch, Hit & Run is the official skills competition of Major League Baseball. The grassroots program is designed to provide youth across North America with an integrated competition that recognizes individual excellence in core baseball skills. Boys and girls compete in four age groups: 7/8, 9/10, 11/12, 13/14, and have the chance to advance through four levels of competition, including the Local, Sectional, Team Championship and National Finals, held in conjunction with the MLB All-Star Game each July.
2012 Pitch, Hit & Run participants will go through their local and sectional competitions in May and June. The top performers will be chosen to participate in the Safeco Field Team Championships on June 17, after the Mariners vs. San Francisco Giants game.