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Pepsi Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run competition provides boys and girls the opportunity to compete at a Major League ballpark          Send a link to a friend

[JAN. 5, 2007]  NORCROSS, Ga. -- This spring youngsters 14 and under will have the unique opportunity to showcase three fundamental baseball skills -- pitching, hitting and running -- for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compete on-field at the 2007 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

Pepsi Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run is the official skills competition of Major League Baseball. The competition is a great way for youth organizations nationwide to put their town on the map and allow children in their community the opportunity to advance through two levels of competition to compete at a Major League ballpark. Organizations interested in hosting a local competition may visit

This free grass-roots program is in its 11th year of existence and is designed to provide youth across North America with an integrated competition that recognizes individual excellence in core baseball skills. Children compete in four age groups -- 8 and under, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14 -- and have the chance to advance through four levels of competition: local, sectional, team championship and national finals.

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On advancing to the team championship, participants will compete at a Major League ballpark. From there, the top four competitors nationwide from each of the four age groups will win a trip to the national finals to compete for the national championship during All-Star Week in San Francisco, Calif.

[News release provided by Jamie Hollopeter, LEJ Sports]

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