Chance To Test Baseball Skills At Pepsi Pitch

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Young athletes who enter the Pepsi Pitch, Hit and Run competition on April 19 at Rumsey II will be eligible to receive professional baseball surprises.

"We will give the first 48 who register Arizona Diamondback prizes," Town Parks and Recreation Specialist Charlene Hunt said. "And we'll also have a drawing for a scholarship to the Diamondbacks baseball or softball Training Center."

The Training Centers, which charge a $150 tuition, will be held July 10-14 at Rumsey Park.

At last year's Pepsi competition the Diamondback prizes given away included bobbleheads, T-shirts, caps and Randy Johnson mini-bats.

Hunt said, she won't reveal this year's surprises but lauded the pro baseball team for its support.

"The Diamondbacks have been very generous," she said.

The give-aways help attract the largest field of players ever to the 2005 competition with 41 registrants.

Also among the attraction of Pitch Hit and Run is that it provides a stage for Rim Country baseball players to put their diamond skills to the test against other athletes the same age and gender.

Age divisions, which include 7/8, 9/10, 11/12 and 13/14 years, are determined as of July 17 2006.

In pitching, players 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.

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

The most points accumulated will determine the age/gender division winners.

Registration for the 2006 event begins at 4 p.m. and the competition tips off at 5 p.m.

The event is free of charge but participants must sign a registration/waiver form prior to competing.

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

The National Finals will be held during professional baseball's all-star festivities in Pittsburgh, Pa.

For more information, call Charlene Hunt at (928) 474-5242 ext. 260.

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