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2012 MLB Pitch, Hit and Run national finalists announced

The 24 national finalists in the 2012 Aquafina Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run competition, the official youth skills competition of Major League Baseball, were announced yesterday live on MLB Tonight on MLB Network. These 24 boys and girls will compete at the National Finals taking place during MLB All-Star Week in Kansas City, MO. The competition will take place on Monday, July 9 at 2:15 p.m. CT prior to Gatorade All-Star Workout Day, on the field at Kauffman Stadium. More than 685,000 youth participated in over 4,000 competitions that took place across North America. For the third year in a row, a nationwide Girls Softball Division was part of the program which allowed girls to compete and advance separately from the boys throughout the competition.

            A complete list of finalists is below.

                 

2012 National Finalists

 

7-8 Year Old Girls Age Division

Name                                      Hometown                             MLB Team

Samantha Sherer                      Miramar Beach, FL                    Tampa Bay Rays

Cadashia Collins                        Chattanooga, TN                      Atlanta Braves

Lita Vorseth                              Mesa, AZ                                  Arizona Diamondbacks

 

7-8 Year Old Boys Age Division

Name                                      Hometown                             MLB Team

Wyatt Humphrey                      Syracuse, UT                            Colorado Rockies

Michael Easter                          Arcadia, CA                               Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Brett Hall                                  Cedar Park, TX                          Texas Rangers

 

9-10 Year Old Girls Age Division

Name                                      Hometown                             MLB Team

Avery Dowling                          Spring, TX                                Houston Astros

Abby Larson                             Marlborough, MA                      Boston Red Sox

Meghan Dougherty                  Rensselaer, NY                          New York Yankees       

 

9-10 Year Old Boys Age Division

Name                                      Hometown                             MLB Team

John Howard Bobo                   Las Vegas, NV                           San Diego Padres

Sam Stanford                           Los Angeles, CA                        Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Dasan Brown                            Oakville, ON                              Toronto Blue Jays

 

11-12 Year Old Girls Age Division

Name                                      Hometown                             MLB Team

Sloan Hammons                       Valrico, FL                                 Tampa Bay Rays

Jordan Carlson                         Council Grove, KS                     Kansas City Royals

Krystina Lorch                          Hemet, CA                                Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

 

11-12 Year Old Boys Age Division

Name                                      Hometown                             MLB Team

Ty Bender                                 Woodland, PA                          Pittsburgh Pirates

Coy Bila                                    Chadron, NE                             Colorado Rockies

Kyler Fedko                              Gibsonia, PA                             Cleveland Indians                                

 

13-14 Year Old Girls Age Division

Name                                      Hometown                             MLB Team

Amber Dixon                            Wallace, NC                              Atlanta Braves

Hannah Vera-Burgos                 Garden City, MI                        Detroit Tigers

Kylee Sellers                             Hugo, OK                                 Texas Rangers

 

13-14 Year Old Boys Age Division

Name                                      Hometown                             MLB Team

Tanner Blatt                             Opelika, AL                               Atlanta Braves

Andrew Canady                        Port Orchard, WA                     Seattle Mariners

Rogelio Macias                          Cudahy, WI                              Milwaukee Brewers

 

            Pitch, Hit & Run (PHR) invites youth to demonstrate their skills by competing in pitching, hitting and running competitions. PHR participants can advance through four levels of competition, beginning at the local level, which can be hosted by organizations, leagues, or volunteers within a community, and continuing through sectional and team competitions. All 30 MLB Clubs hosted team championships at their ballparks on weekends from May 26 through June 24. The top three competitors nationwide from each age group (7-­8, 9-­10, 11-­12 and 13-­14) advance to the 2012 Aquafina Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run National Finals.

            In addition to the Aquafina Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run National Finals, the 24 finalists will make a special trip to MLB All-Star FanFest, an interactive baseball theme park and the largest baseball fan event in the world. Among its attractions are an exhibit from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, batting cages, clinics from Major League legends, free autograph sessions with former Royals, MLB legends and Hall of Famers, memorabilia and much more.

     Gatorade All-Star Workout Day is the second day of 2012 MLB All-Star Week events at Kauffman Stadium. The day features American League and National League batting practice followed by the State Farm Home Run Derby, where four players from each League participate in a home run hitting contest with rounds consisting of 10 outs. In addition to coverage on ESPN, the 2012 State Farm Home Run Derby will be broadcast live on ESPN HD, ESPN 3D, ESPN Deportes, ESPN3.com, ESPN Mobile TV, and ESPN Radio in the U.S. as well as ESPN International beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. CT on Monday, July 9th.

The 2012 All-Star Game will be played at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday, July 10th.  The 83rd All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International’s independent feed.  Pregame ceremonies will begin at 7:30 p.m. (EDT)/6:30 p.m. (CDT).  ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game.  MLB Network, MLB.com and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage.  For more information, please visit allstargame.com or royals.com/asg.

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