City to Host Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run Competition

Mayor Mark A. Smith announced that the Bayonne Division of Recreation will host a free Aquafina Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run Competition for area youth on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. The competition will be held at Don Ahern Veterans Memorial Stadium. Date & Time are subject to change.

Pitch, Hit & Run is the Official Skills Competition of Major League Baseball (MLB). Pete Amadeo, Supervisor of Recreation and Competition Director stated, “This grassroots program is designed to provide youngsters with an opportunity to compete, free of charge, in a competition that recognizes individual excellence in core baseball skills.”

The pitching category will consist of competitors throwing pitches at a designated “Strike Zone” target. The hitting category will consist of competitors hitting from a stationary tee for distance and accuracy. The running category will consist of competitors running from second base to home plate for time. The hit and run events use conversion tables to convert distance and time into a composite point total.

Competitors are divided into four age groups: 7/8, 9/10, 11/12, and 13/14, and have the chance to advance through four levels of competition, including Team Championships at Major League ballparks and the National Finals at the 2012 MLB All-Star Game.

The individual Pitching, Hitting, and Running Champions, along with the All-Around Champion in each age group at the Local Competition will be awarded and advance to the Sectional Level of Competition.

All participants must fill out a registration/waiver form prior to the start of the competition. You may pick up registration forms at City Hall, Room #13. Please submit Registration forms by Wednesday, April 11. You may also register at the event. All registration forms must be returned to City Hall. A copy of participant’s birth certificate is required if the participant advances to the following round.

For questions concerning the competition, you may call Pete Amadeo at (201) 858-6129 or email BAYONNEREC@AOL.COM

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