Young wins pitch, hit, run contest at Kauffman Stadium
Hunter Young, a 14-year-old from Baldwin City, won a skills contest sponsored by Major League Baseball on June 6 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.
Young beat all of his competitors in the MLB Pitch, Hit and Run contest at the Kansas City Royals stadium. Up against the top two finalists in the tri-state area (Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska), Young beat the heat and earned a first-place plaque, recognition at the Royals’ game that evening and a priceless memory that will last a lifetime.
“It was very exciting,” Young said. “It was a long road to get there. There was lots of competition at each round.”
For the contest, each competitor must pitch a certain distance from a target, hit off of a tee and run from second base to third base and finish at home plate. Young succeeded over the other youths as his total score for pitching accuracy, distance hitting and timed base running was the highest.
“I did my best at each round,” he said. “My very best was at Kauffman Stadium.”
The June 6 contest took place before the Royals’ home game. During the game, he was honored, along with the other age-group winners.
“During the competition, there were a lot of parents,” Young said. “It wasn’t during the game or anything. It was pretty sweet to do it at a big stadium. I was just excited that I had won. It was cool to win all three rounds.”
Young qualified in the Baldwin City competition on May 8, where he advanced to the sectional competition. The second round was held May 22 in Ottawa. Out of approximately 30 sectional competitions held throughout the tri-state area, Young scored high enough in Ottawa for advancement to Kauffman Stadium.
“A whole bunch of people from Baldwin were doing it, so I thought why not try it?” Young said. “I was glad I tried it.”
He now has a chance to advance to the national finals and compete in Anaheim, Calif., pending point totals of all national competitors. The national competitors earn an all-expense-paid trip to the MLB All-Star Game in Anaheim.
The official skills competition of Major League Baseball, Pitch, Hit and Run is intended to encourage youth participation and emphasize the fun element of baseball and softball. All participants must begin by competing in a local competition, which can be hosted by any organization, league, civic group or set of volunteers in the community. PHR is free of charge to both the participants and the local hosting organization.