April 4, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall softball will be hosting the Major League Baseball “Pitch, Hit & Run” skills competition Sunday, April 14th after its game against East Carolina at Dot Hicks Field. The one day event is for boys and girls ages 7-14 and will include competition in pitching, hitting and running. The event will be free of charge.
The PHR competition will give children in Huntington a chance to participate in an exciting baseball or softball skills environment and advance through four levels of competition, including the Team Championships at Major League ballparks. The age divisions are 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, and 13-14 and will have boys and girls competing separately.
In the pitching competition, the participants throw strikes to a designated “Strike Zone” target. Players can pitch any form they want, overhanded or underhanded, and an attempted pitch that hits any portion of the target is a strike.
To compete in the hitting contest, players must hit a ball off a stationary tee and will be judged on distance and accuracy.
For the running competition, participants will be timed running from second base to third, and then to home plate.
All of the events will be individually scored and a total point score will be determined for each contestant. A champion boy and girl in each age group from every local level competition will advance to the sectional competition. The top three scores in each age and gender group will advance to the MLB Team Championship held in all 30 major league ballparks. The final stage will be during the MLB All-Star Week.
To register, participants must bring a copy of their birth certificate for age verification and a parent or guardian must fill out a registration form prior to the start of competition.