Valley Center Baseball Club to Host 2016 Pitch, Hit & Run Competition presented by Scotts for Major League Baseball, Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 2 p.m.

Local Qualifier in Valley Center, Birth Certificates Required to Compete

The Valley Center Baseball Club announced plans for the local level of the Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run Competition sponsored by Scotts on Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 2 p.m., with registration at 1 p.m.

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.

The Valley Center competition will take place at Valley Center Juniors Field at 28246 Lilac Road on Sunday, 4/24/2016, with early registration beginning at 1 p.m. and competition beginning at 2 p.m. Forms are available online for participants to complete in advance and bring to the event by visiting http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/kids/phr_participant_registration.jsp

All participants must present a copy of their birth certificate and bring it to check-in with a completed registration and waiver form before the start of competition.  

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. 

“This marks the 7th year that our team of volunteers has hosted the Pitch Hit and Run in Valley Center and nearly every year we have kids make it all the way through to compete and win the Padres’ level of competition and even make it to the Top 3 in country at the national level,” said Rob Baranowski, president, Valley Center Baseball Club. “We see this as a great opportunity for kids in our community to showcase their skills in this free, fun event while representing Valley Center in this first step of the big competition!”

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 2016 MLB All-Star Game Week in San Diego, California at Petco Park, July 10-12.  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. This year’s All-Star game is in San Diego with the Padres.

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. Sectional competitions will be held in the San Diego area at a later date.

The PHR is open to the public and anyone age 7-14 can participate in the event.  For more information, contact Pitch, Hit, and Run Coordinator, Anita Baranowski at 619-987-0709.