Indians host regional Pitch, Hit & Run event

CLEVELAND -- The Indians hosted a regional team championship competition as part of Major League Baseball's annual Pitch, Hit & Run program on Saturday morning before the Tribe's evening tilt with the Tigers.

The event, sponsored by Scott's, is free to the 600,000 children who have participated nationwide, and it featured the top 12 boy and girl qualifiers from northern Ohio -- ranging from 7 to 14 years old -- competing against each other in a variety of on-field activities in front of friends and family members.

Winners from the Indians' Pitch, Hit & Run competition included Ella Voigt, Nicolina Pezzone, Alexis Powelson, Ryan Walsh, Caden Slusher, Gavin Markel and Austin Patterson, who were all honored in front of Saturday's sellout crowd at Progressive Field.

Those entrants with the three highest scores in their respective age-group divisions will have the chance to compete in the national finals, which will take place at the 2014 All-Star Game in Minneapolis.

This year's national finalists will be announced on MLB Network on June 29.

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