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Kids have a blast in Pitch, Hit & Run Finals

Kids have a blast in Pitch, Hit & Run Finals

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ANAHEIM -- Major League Baseball held the Aquafina Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run National Finals on Monday before the State Farm Home Run Derby as part of 2010 All-Star Week in Anaheim.

The Pitch, Hit & Run (PHR) National Finals, which is a baseball and softball skills competition that provides boys and girls, ages seven to 14, the opportunity to showcase their pitching, hitting and running abilities, saw winners in four different age groups.

The winners were announced during the Home Run Derby at Angel Stadium alongside USA Olympic Gold Medal Softball players Jennie Finch and Natasha Watley, who attended the finals earlier in the day.

It was especially impressive for the youngsters to win the event, as it came after more than 4,000 nationwide competitions -- including the first-ever nationwide girls softball division -- that reached more than 600,000 boys and girls between the ages of seven and 14.

In the 13-14 year old age group, Caleb Potter of Mentor, Ohio, won the boys division, while Kayla Douglas of Santa Rosa, Calif., won the girls division.

And in the 11-12 year old age group, Jake Taylor of St. Petersburg, Fla., won the boys division, while McKenzie Winkler of Moody, Texas, won the girls division.

Meanwhile, in the 9-10 year old age group, Charles Mack of North Tonawanda, N.Y., won the boys division and Alexis Peri of Satellite Beach, Fla., won the girls division.

Finally, in the 7-8 year old age group, Cory Taylor of Morgan, Hill, Calif., won the boys division and Kassidy Millar of Marysville, Wash., won the girls division.

"It was a really an amazing experience," Douglas said. "I felt like I was one of the MLB All-Stars. Being able to shag fly balls during the Home Run Derby was my favorite part. It really made me feel like I was a big part of the All-Star Game activities."

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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