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Vernon baseball players show off skills

Close to 100 players take part in Pitch, Hit, and Run competition at Marshall Field

Three of five major skills were on display within the Vernon Baseball Association.

The local minor ball affiliate hosted the Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit, and Run competition in early June at Marshall Fields.

"We had 99 players, aged 7-14, challenging themselves to be the best in Canada," said program director Carl Vardon. "They pitched for accuracy, hit for distance, and ran 90 feet for the best time."

Division winners in Vernon included:

• Jack Golding (T-Ball);

• Radley Reeves (Tadpole);

• Owen Davis (Mosquito);

• Emmette Bengston (Peewee);

• Cortland Dawydiuk (Bantam);

• Luc Gilbert (Midget).

The winners in Vernon go onto a master list of all winners in Canada. From there the top 40 kids in each age group {7/8, 9/10, 11/12, 13/14} compete at Toronto's Rogers Center in September to see who is the best in Canada.

"They get the VIP treatment and meet the (Toronto Blue) Jays," said Vardon. "From there the best in Canada go to compete against the winners from the other 29 team competitions at the World Series."


Roger Knox

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