Hit, Run Champions Crowned In Various Age Groups


Champions of the Payson Pepsi Pitch, Hit and Run competition have been crowned.

They include Nate McMullen, Ryan Ricke, Chance Randall and James Watson.

McMullen won the title in the 7- to 8-year-old division, Ricke won among the 8- to 9-year-olds and Randall emerged victorious in the 11- to 12-years division.

Watson took the 13- to 14-years title as the only entrant in the age group.

The competition, which was overseen by Recreation Supervisor Patrick Walker, was held May 17 on the Rumsey Park Kiwanis field.

In the youngest age division, McMullen won the overall title after coming out first in the pitch competition and tying Clayton Randall for the run event title. Noah Tassel slugged his way to the division-hitting crown.

Among the 9- to 10-year-olds, Ricke won the pitch and hit championships.

C.J. Adcock was first in the run event.

The 11- to 12-year-old competition turned red hot with some of the Rim Country's finest young ball players battling.

In pitching, Randall shared the title with Nathan Arnold, and in the running he tied Nicholas McMullen for first. Randall was above the leader board in the hitting.

With a whopping 910 points, Randall accumulated more tallies than any competitor in all age divisions.

Because Watson was the only 13- to 14-year-old entrant, he won all three events and the overall title.

"Despite the low numbers, the event was a success overall," Walker said.

In pitching, entrants have six tries to hit a strike zone from 45 feet away.

The hitting involves measuring players' longest three hits off of a tee.

The distance from the center of the field is then subtracted from the total distance to get an adjusted score.

"So, if a kid belts one 300 feet from the tee but 100 feet from the measuring tape, it's 200 feet after adjustment," Walker said.

In running, players begin at second base, 160 feet from home, and are timed running around third and to home plate.

In that event, among the 11- to 12-years entrants, Nicholas McMullen and Randall tied with the best times of the day, 8.94 seconds.

Randall's 182 feet in hitting was the best of all entrants. In pitching, Chance Randall and Arnold both hit four of six targets to turn in the best showings of the Pepsi shoot out.

The four age group champions will represent the Rim Country in a statewide competition to be held this weekend in Glendale.

Commenting has been disabled for this item.