Youngsters test their baseball, softball skills

April 18, 2010|By DAVE McMILLION

HAGERSTOWN -- Tanner Canfield's strength in baseball is pitching, but he wasn't having a good day throwing the ball Sunday during the annual Aquafina Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run Competition at Fairgrounds Park.

His mother, Tina Canfield, said she was "on pins and needles" wondering how her son was going to fare.

The Halfway Little Leaguer won the running competition in the 11-12-year-old age group, and will advance to a sectional competition May 23 at Harry Grove Stadium in Frederick, Md.

Twenty-nine boys and girls competed in Sunday's official skills competition of Major League Baseball.

The event is designed to provide youth with an opportunity to compete free of charge in an event that recognizes excellence in core baseball skills, according to a press release from the City of Hagerstown. Competitors are divided into four age groups and can advance through four levels of competition, including the national finals at the 2010 Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Anaheim, Calif.


Competitors are judged in pitching based on their ability to hit a target with a pitch. Running scores are based on timed runs and hitting is scored based on the distance of three hits per player.

The City of Hagerstown partnered with the Hagerstown Fairground Softball Association to hold the event at the park, and having three fields was an efficient way to run the event, said Jennifer Kram, event and programs specialist for the City of Hagerstown.

A girls softball competition was added to the event for the first time this year and four girls competed, Kram said.

Parents and other supporters of the children competing Sunday looked on as the weather alternated between sunny skies and windy, cold conditions.

"I love when he does it every year," Tina Canfield said. But, she emphasized, "we leave it up to him."

Tony Capezuto watched his son, Travis, compete Sunday. Travis is a catcher for Clear Spring Little League.

Tony Capezuto said organizers of the competition do a "pretty nice" job of running the event.

Pitch, Hit & Run winners

Girls (9-10)

  • All-around: Lorraine Paul

  • Pitch champion: Lorraine Paul

  • Hit champions: Candice Sisk, Shaun Geesey and Lorraine Paul

  • Run champion: Candice Sisk

    Girls (11-12)

  • All-around: Lindsay Bedregal

  • Pitch champion: Lindsay Bedregal

  • Hit champion: Lindsay Bedregal

  • Run champion: Lindsay Bedregal

    Boys (7-8)

  • All-around: Andrew Kelbaugh

  • Pitch champion: Dawson Barvinchack

  • Hit champion: Andrew Kelbaugh

  • Run champion: Destin Paul

    Boys (9-10)

  • All-around: Jaret Lazich

  • Pitch champion: Da'montez Dorsey

  • Hit champion: Jaret Lazich

  • Run champion: Jaret Lazich

    Boys (11-12)

  • All-around: Brandon Jones

  • Pitch champions: Dante Harper, Austin Socks, Brandon Jones and Everett Walen

  • Hit champion: Brandon Jones

  • Run champion: Tanner Canfield

    Boys (13-14)

  • All-around: Michael Kelbaugh

  • Pitch champion: Brandon Smith

  • Hit champion: Michael Kelbaugh

  • Run champion: Brandan Smith

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