Mariners to be represented at Pitch, Hit & Run National Championship

12-year old Hayley Loffer of Hayden, Idaho, will represent the Mariners at the Pitch, Hit & Run National Finals at All-Star Week at Citi Field.

12-year old Hayley Loffer of Hayden, Idaho, will represent the Mariners at the Pitch, Hit & Run National Finals at All-Star Week at Citi Field.

Hayley Loffer, a 12-year old girl from Hayden, in north Idaho, has won a trip to the 2013 MLB All-Star Game as one of the top finishers in her age group in Pitch, Hit & Run, MLB’s annual skills competition.

Hayley will now compete against two other top qualifiers in the 11-12 Year Old Girls Division on July 15, just before the Gatorade All-Star Workout Day at Citi Field in New York. Pitch, Hit & Run competitors then get to stay on the field and shag balls during the derby.

Loffer earned her spot at the national finals by placing first in her age division at the Team Championships at Safeco Field on June 23, and then having one of the top three scores among all competitors in her age division.

Loffer, who will be entering 8th grade at Canfield Middle School in Coeur d’Alene next fall, has placed first in her age division the last three years at the Team Championship round at Safeco Field, but this is the first year that her scores were high enough to advance to the National Championship.

Loffer is currently competing in the Sparkler Youth Fast-Pitch Tournament in Hyland Hills, Colorado.

More than 600,000 youth participated in over 4,000 competitions that took place across North America. Scotts, the “Official Lawn Care Company of Major League Baseball,” is in its first year sponsoring the grassroots program.

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