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Pitch, Hit and Run highlights youth skills

A skills competition for kids was held at the Lakeview High School softball field on Saturday, April 26, showcasing talented local ballplayers as part of the official Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run skills competition.

With assistance from members of the LHS softball team and volunteers, kids ran the bases, pitched baseballs and softballs, and hit off of a tee for distance and accuracy as part of the competition, trickling over to the softball field after little league games completed at the nearby little league complex.

A national skills event designed to provide aspiring young athletes the opportunity to compete in core baseball and softball skills, the Pitch, Hit and Run competition is divided between boys and girls in four age divisions: 7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-14.

The winners of individual competitions as well as all-around champions are invited to participate in a sectional level of competition, then regionals, and onto Major League Baseball ballparks with a chance to be crowned national champions at the National Finals at the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

The skills competition was led by Carly Alves, with assistance from LHS Softball Coach Jackie Robinson and several softball players there to provide guidance and take measurements.

Benny Alves won the 7-8 boys competition while Isabelle Kinsman won the 7-8 girls. Robby Cardoza and Emily Philibert were the all-around champions for ages 9-10, Dayton Alves and Carmelina Garza Salas won the 11-12 age bracket, and Zack Engelhart was the all-around champion of the 13-14 boys division.

Other event winners included Brandon Marcus, Austin Philibert, Orie Summers and Jace Brazeal in the individual throwing, hitting, or running events.

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