Baseball Challenge Free To Local Youths


Aspiring Rim country baseball players will soon have the opportunity to put their diamond skills to the test.

The Pepsi Pitch, Hit and Run contest will provide the avenue for young athletes to compete against others the same age and sex.

The competition takes place at 11 a.m. April 12 on the Rumsey II field. The free competition is open to youngsters ages 7 to 14 years old.

Local winners will advance to a sectional competition. Champions there are eligible to advance to the team championships hosted by the Arizona Diamondbacks. The dates of those events will be announced soon.

The National Finals will be held during professional baseball's all-star festivities July 13 through July 16 in Chicago.

In the competition, participants will have the opportunity to showcase three fundamental baseball skills -- pitching, hitting and running.

In pitching, the youngsters throw six pitches off the mound at a target about 50 feet away. Points are awarded on accuracy of the pitches.

In hitting, batters hit a designated number of baseballs off a tee. Points are awarded for distance and accuracy.

"That contest is a little like the football's punt, pass and kick judging," Payson Parks and Recreation coordinator Teddy Pettet said. Pettet will oversee the competition.

In the run event, youngsters are timed running from second base, around third, and to home.

The age/sex division winners will be determined by the most points accumulated.

Call 474-5242, ext. 7, for more information.

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