April 23, 2019

Local area youth invited to compete in Major League Baseball sponsored events

Kishwaukee College Baseball is hosting two Major League Baseball (MLB) sponsored events for area youth. The Pitch, Hit and Run and the Jr. Home Run Derby are ways for children 14 and under (age verification required) to showcase their baseball skills, with the opportunity of competing at the National Finals during MLB All-Star Week. These fun and exciting competitions will take place on the Kish baseball field Friday, May 3.

“We wanted to reach out to the community,” Mark Hernandez, Head Baseball Coach at Kish, says. Hosting the competitions are “a way for our athletes to give back.” Hernandez and members of the baseball team will coordinate the event.

Event 1: Pitch Hit & Run, start time 4:00 pm, Kish baseball field
Pitch Hit & Run is the official skills competition of MLB. 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 skills.

Boys and girls are divided into four age divisions: 7/8, 9/10, 11/12, 13/14 and have the chance to advance through four levels of competition, including Team Championships at Major League ballparks and the National Finals during the 2019 MLB All-Star Week.

Visit www.PitchHitRun.com for more information or to register online.

Event 2: Jr. Home Run Derby, start time 6:00 pm, Kish baseball field
Jr. Home Run Derby is a free program that gives boys and girls, 14 and under, an opportunity to showcase their power in an exciting home run hitting contest.

Boys and girls are divided into two age divisions: 12U (born on or after July 18, 2006) and 14U (born July 18, 2004 – July 17, 2006). Winners may have the chance to advance through three levels of competition, including competing during National Finals at 2019 MLB All-Star Week.

Visit https://www.mlb.com/junior-home-run-derby/ for more information or to obtain a registration form.

For more information about either Local event at Kish, please contact Baseball Head Coach Mark Hernandez at mhernandez14@kish.edu.