Valley Center Baseball Club to Host 2017 Scotts Pitch, Hit & Run Competition for Major League Baseball


Same times and location on Mothers Day 2017

Local Qualifier Set for Sunday, May 7, 2017 2 p.m. at Valley Center High School’s Varsity Baseball Field

Must Present Birth Certificates at 1 p.m. Checkin

The Valley Center Baseball Club today announced the upcoming local competition for the Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run, sponsored by Scotts, to be held at Valley Center High School on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 2 p.m., with registration beginning at 1 p.m.

This year’s competition will be hosted at the Valley Center High School Varsity Baseball field, located at 31322 Cole Grade Road, enter through the endzone gate of the football field.

Pitch, Hit & Run is the official skills competition of Major League Baseball. It is designed to provide young people with an opportunity to compete, free of charge, in a competition that recognizes individual excellence in core baseball and softball skills. It is open to boys and girls, ages 7-14.

Forms are available online for participants to complete in advance and bring to the event by visiting

All participants must bring a copy of their birth certificate and present it at registration, along with a completed registration and waiver form before the start of competition. The PHR is open to the public and anyone age 7-14 can participate in the event. Competitors will be divided into four age groups: 7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-14. Boys and girls are encouraged to participate, competing separately in baseball and softball, respectively.

“For 8 years, our team of volunteers has hosted the Pitch Hit and Run in Valley Center and nearly every year, some of our talented Valley Center kids qualify through to the MLB Team Championships to compete and even win the Padres’ Petco Park level of competition,” said Rob Baranowski, president, Valley Center Baseball Club. “We are proud that the MLB has come to know Valley Center, while kids in our community get showcase their skills in this free, fun event!”

In 2014, local Valley Center competitor Alicia Zappia qualified all the way through and competed at the MLB All-Star Game in Minneapolis, MN, earning 2nd place in the country.

Participants will have the chance to advance through four levels of competition, including Team Championships at Major League ballparks and the national finals at the 2017 MLB All-Star Game in Miami, Fl at Marlins Park on July 11th. Starting out locally, participants in each age group and category with the highest score in the following categories will receive awards and will advance to the sectional competition: all-around champion, pitching champion, hitting champion and running champion. The sectional competitions will be held in the San Diego area at a later date in May.

For more information, contact Pitch, Hit, and Run Coordinator, Anita Baranowski at 619-987-0709.