Maple Valley girl who won Pitch, Hit & Run national title to throw out Sunday's ceremonial first pitch

Kaiea Higa topped all other contestants in 11/12 year old softball division

A 12-year old Maple Valley girl who won a national title in Major League Baseball's Pitch, Hit & Run competition during All-Star Week in San Diego will be honored by the Seattle Mariners on Sunday, July 17. Kaiea Higa will throw out the ceremonial pitch before the Mariners take on the Houston Astros at Safeco Field. Game time is 1:10 p.m.

Higa placed first in the nation in her age division, 11/12 Year Old, in the baseball/softball skills competition that was held on Monday, July 11, prior to the All-Star Home Run Derby at Petco Park in San Diego.

Higa's path to the national title started this spring with a series of competitions that culminated in the Team Championship at Safeco Field on June 12. Higa's scores were then compared against the 11/12 Softball Division winners of all Team Championships in the 29 other MLB cities. Higa's scores were among the top three in the nation, so she qualified for the National Finals this week in San Diego.

On Monday, Higa, who plays on the 12U Washington Acers fastpitch team, beat the other finalists in her age group: Lauren Mirtoni of Roseville, California, representing the San Francisco Giants; and Amanda Lieberman of Jupiter, Florida, who represented the Miami Marlins.