Weekly Feature

2018-07-12 / Sports

OP resident named finalist of MLB competition

Abby Torgerson of Orchard Park was one of 40 youth players that Major League Baseball announced as a finalist of its national youth skills competitions – Scotts MLB Pitch, Hit and Run and the MLB Jr. Home Run Derby. She will be among the softball finalists in the age 13 and 14 group.

Forty children from around the United States and Canada, between the ages of 7 and 14, have advanced from their respective regional championships to compete during MLB All-Star Week at Nationals Park, the site of the 2018 MLB All-Star Game.

The third-annual MLB Jr. Home Run Derby National Finals will be held at Nationals Park beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 14, and featuring 16 young sluggers who have advanced from more than 1,500 local competitions across the United States.

The winners of the MLB Jr. Home Run Derby contest in both age divisions – 14u and 12u – will be recognized at the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Nationals Park on Monday, July 16.

The MLB Pitch, Hit and Run National Finals competition is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. July 16 at Nationals Park. The list of 24 finalists includes the top three baseball and softball participants from four age divisions (7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-14). In 2018, more than 625,000 youth from the U.S. and Canada participated in more than 4,500 competitions in either the baseball or softball sectors of each age division. MLB Pitch, Hit and Run encourages youth players to develop their fundamental baseball and softball skills in these competitions, which begin at the local level and continue through sectional and team championships. Each of the 30 MLB ballparks hosted team championships from late May through early July.

Eric Hosmer of the San Diego Padres, Rhys Hoskins and J.P. Crawford of the Philadelphia Phillies, Jakob Junis of the Kansas City Royals and Matt Wisler of the Atlanta Braves are all Pitch, Hit and Run alumni.

The finalists of both competitions will attend various All-Star Week activities, including GEICO All-Star Fan- Fest at the Walter E. Convention Center (July 13-17); All-Star Sunday, featuring the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game (July 15); and Gatorade All-Star Workout Day, featuring the T-Mobile Home Run Derby (July 16).

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