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Players' skills are put to test

Pitching hitting, running on display

Pitching hitting, running on display

May 07, 2007|by KAREN HANNA

HAGERSTOWN - Keep your eyes on the ball.

Hands back, head up.

Concentrate.

Parents offered their best advice as children took their hacks at baseball on a tee during a competition testing pitching, hitting and running abilities Sunday at Brandenburg Memorial Park at American Little League.

For 9-year-old Matthew Paul, the words of Babe Ruth are never far from his head. That's because his mother wrote them on his helmet.

On one part of Matthew's helmet, Melody Paul of Hagerstown wrote the Sultan of Swat's advice: "Never let the fear of striking out get in your way." The advice on the bill is even more direct: "Swing away."

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"That way, if he can't hear me screaming for him, he knows it's there," Paul said.

Susie Salvagni, events and programs specialist for the City of Hagerstown, said about 70 girls and boys ages 7 to 14 registered to participated in the Pitch, Hit & Run contest sponsored by Pepsi and Major League Baseball.

The best players from around the country will advance through regional and sectional contests to compete in San Francisco during All-Star weekend.

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