Left to Right: Reggie Frei 11-12, Gracie Woods13-14, Degan Shaner 7-8, Kurt Felix 11-12, Ty Felix 7-8, Drake Wakefield 11-12, Koby Perry 9-10 and Mason Montoya 9-10. Submitted photo.

100 + participants took part in this year’s Sectional Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run competition hosted by Nevada ASA Junior Olympics Softball in Las Vegas on May 9 at West Flamingo Park. These local youth earned honors in their respective age groups.

The Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run consists of four (4) levels of competition: Locals, Sectionals, Team Championships and National Finals.

Sectional Competition:  All scores are reset to zero and each youngster, who has advanced from a Local Competition, participates in ALL three (3) components of the Pitch, Hit & Run competition.  If the youngster was an individual skill Champion at a Local Competition, he/she still participates in all three events. These youth of our Valley competed with around 100 + from the areas of Parowan, Beaver and Manti, Utah – Needles, California; we were told that this was one of the bigger sectional championships in the competition.

Each Sectional Championship will award the following participants in each age and gender group: 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place All-Around – Medals

All Participants – will receive a certificate of achievement.

Some of these kids may qualify for the team championship competition to be held at PETCO PARK, The Major League Baseball Stadium for the San Diego Padres.

The MLB Pitch, Hit & Run competition allows boys and girls from ages 7-14 to showcase their talents in pitching, hitting and running with scores based on distance, accuracy and times. “It was a great event for the kids and to watch them compete against other kids from all over at a higher level of competition in baseball and softball, said Nicholas Montoya, Director of the Department of Athletics & Leisure Services”.

The City of Mesquite Department of Athletics & Leisure Services would like to congratulate all the competitors as Team Championships, good luck and have fun! “Our youth of the Virgin Valley Little League did an amazing job and represented our valley very well, we are very proud of them and their accomplishments,” Montoya added.