Many youngsters dream to one day play at a Major League Baseball stadium. For kids in Bowling Green, that opportunity may come sooner than they expected.
Bowling Green Parks and Recreation and the BG Hot Rods are hosting the "Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run" skills competition on Saturday, May 17 at 9:00 am at BG Ballpark. Boys and girls ages 7-14 are invited to come out and showcase their baseball and softball skills in this free competition, where advancement could ultimately lead them to compete at Great American Ballpark before a Cincinnati Reds game. According to Paul Correa, athletic program manager for Bowling Green Parks and Recreation, there are 4 different age groups, and boys and girls will compete separately.
"Each participant will get 3 swings off a tee for distance and accuracy, 6 pitches to attempt to hit a strike zone target, and a timed trip around the bases. The winners of each age group for each skill, as well as the overall winners, will advance to our Sectional Competition on May 21. There they will compete against other local winners, and the sectional champions may qualify for the trip to Cincinnati."
Perhaps the best part about this fun day of baseball and softball is that participation is completely free of charge, and all participants will receive a free ticket to Saturday night's Hot Rods doubleheader against South Bend.
"Regardless of their experience or ability level, we want all kids to come out and show off their skills, then come back that night to see how the pros do it," said Correa.
Registration begins at 8:30, and a parent or guardian must be present to register each child. For more details on the MLB Pitch, Hit and Run competition, please call BG Parks and Recreation at 393-3624.