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Canfield, Lazich cover bases at Pitch, Hit & Run

July 12, 2008|By LARRY YANOS

Two Washington County youngsters competed in the Pitch, Hit & Run competition last month at Camden Yards in Baltimore.

In the event sponsored by Major League Baseball, Jaret Lazich finished first in the 7-8 age group and Tanner Canfield placed third in the 9-10 age group.

Both youngsters advanced to the national event designated "Team Championship" by winning the local test held at Hagerstown American Little League and the sectional event in Rockville, Md. this spring.

There were 16 sectionals (comprising Maryland, Delaware and Virginia) and the top four overall scores in each age group advanced to the home of the Baltimore Orioles.

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Each of the 30 major league baseball teams hosted events and the top three overall age-group finishers nationwide advances to the finals at the All-Star Game next week in Yankee Stadium.

In the pitching competition, contestants threw six balls at a target 45 yards away. In the hitting competition, contestants took swings from a tee-ball position and in the run competition, contestants were timed while running from the shortstop position, around third base and into home plate.

Although Jaret won his age group in Baltimore, he was not among the top three in his age group nationwide.

It was still a great experience for the two young athletes.

"It was fun. I was a little nervous," Jaret said of his trip to the major league ball park.

One bonus was the fact that Jaret is a Pittsburgh Pirates fan, who the Orioles were playing in an interleague game that day.

In addition to his love of baseball, Jaret also enjoys competing in basketball, soccer and wrestling.

The son of Pete and Tara Lazich will be a third-grade student this fall at Clear Spring Elementary School.

Tanner also enjoyed his visit to Camden Yards, but was disappointed at his third-place finish.

"I was hoping to do better," Tanner said. "I advanced to Camden Yards in 2006 and finished second."

The Washington County youngster said he still enjoyed being on a major league playing field and liked the Pitch, Hit & Run event, as well as the game between the Orioles and Pirates which followed.

Tanner plays baseball for Red Men at Halfway Little League and also plays football and wrestles.

Tanner, the son of Tina and Troy Canfield, will be a fifth-grade student at Hickory Elementary School this fall.

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