Youth baseball players can show their Pitch Hit & Run skills


East Hamilton Battlefield Babe Ruth Baseball will host a free Aquafina Major League Baseball Pitch Hit & Run Competition for Hamilton youth on Saturday, May 12 starting at 10 a.m. at Sir Wilfrid Laurier School ball diamond, 70 Albright Rd., between Quigley and Mt. Albion roads.

Pitch Hit & Run is the official skills competition of Major League Baseball. This grassroots program is designed to provide youngsters with an opportunity to compete in a contest that recognizes individual excellence in core baseball skills.

Competitors are divided into four age divisions – 7/8, 9/10, 11/12, 13/14 (age as at July 17) – and have a chance to advance through four levels of competition, including team championships (Toronto Blue Jays) at major league ballparks leading to the national finals at the 2012 MLB All-Star Game in Kansas City.

The individual pitching, hitting and running champions, along with the all-round champion in each age group at the local competition will advance to the sectional level of competition on Sunday, May 27 at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Mary’s, ON.

Participants must bring a copy of their birth certificate and fill out a registration and waiver form prior to the start of the competition. Questions concerning the competition should be directed to East Hamilton Battlefield Babe Ruth League at 905-664-5582 or email battlefield.baseball@yahoo.ca .

Visit www.mlb.com/PHR for details about the event.