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Northwoods Adventure: Bemidji Hosts Pitch Hit & Run Competition

Northwoods Adventure: Bemidji Hosts Pitch Hit & Run Competition


THINGS AND BASEBALL BEGINS MONDAY AND TUESDAY OF NEXT WEEK.>>THANKS, AJ.>>DENNIS: MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL’S PITCH, HIT AND RUN CAMPAIGN GIVES KIDS A CHANCE TO COMPETE IN VARIOUS BASEBALL ACTIVITIES WITH THE WINNERS ADVANCING TO THE NATIONAL STAGE AT THE MLB ALL STAR WEEKEND. ON THIS WEEK’S NORTHWOODS ADVENTURE OUR REPORTER ANTHONY SCOTT TELLS US MORE ABOUT THE PITCH, HIT AND RUN COMPETITION RECENTLY HELD IN BEMIDJI.>>IT’S A TEST OF THREE SIMPLE SKILLS, PITCHING, HITTING AND RUNNING.>>WELL, TODAY WE HELD OUR SECTIONAL PITCH, HIT AND RUN COMPETITION, AND THIS IS A COMPETITION FOR ALL OF THE KIDS THAT QUALIFIED AT A LOCAL LEVEL COMPETITION COULD ADVANCE HERE AND COMPETE AT THE SECTIONAL LEVEL.>>KIDS FROM A VARIETY OF AGES TESTED THEIR BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL SKILLS WITH THE HOPES OF ADVANCING FROM BEMIDJI TO TARGET FIELD AND THEN POSSIBILITY THE MLB’S ALL STAR WEEKEND IN CLEVELAND LATER THIS JULY. HOW EXACTLY DO THEY TEST THE THREE BASIC SKILLS OF BASEBALL?>>NOT ONLY ARE THEY MEASURED BY DISTANCE BUT ALSO BY ACCURACY. WE TRY TO GET THE BALL AS CLOSE TO CENTER FIELD AS POSSIBLE. SO THE CLOSER THEY HIT TO THE MIDDLE OF THE FIELD, THE BETTER, AND OF COURSE, DISTANCE, YOU KNOW, PLAYS A FACTOR IN THAT AS WELL.>>TO TEST PITCHING, EACH COMPETITOR GETS FIVE THROWS TO HIT A STRIKE ZONE AS MANY TIMES AS POSSIBLE. FINALLY THE RUNNING PORTION IS TESTED BY TIMING COMPETITORS AS THEY RUN FROM SECOND BASE TO HOME PLATE.>>THE DIFFERENT EVENTS AT PITCH, HIT AND RUN ARE SIMPLE, AND EVEN IF YOU’VE NEVER PLAYED BASEBALL OR SOFTBALL, YOU STILL HAVE A CHANCE TO COMPETE.>>THIS IS MY FIRST YEAR PITCHING. IT’S GREAT, IT’S FUN. YOU SHOULD DO IT.>>THEY DON’T HAVE TO HAVE ANY BASEBALL EXPERIENCE AT ALL TO COMPETE. THERE IS NO CHANCE OF GETTING HIT BY THE BALL, SO IT’S VERY SAFE, INTRODUCTORY WAY TO GET THEM INVOLVED WITH BASEBALL AND SEE WHERE THEY’RE AT AND WHAT KIND OF SKILLS THEY NEED TO WORK ON.>>THE BEMIDJI JAYCEES HOSTS THE SECTIONAL PITCH, HIT AND RUN EVENT EVERY YEAR AND HOPING TO SEE ONE OF THEIR LOCAL ATHLETES ADVANCE TO THE BIG STAGE. REPORTING FROM BEMIDJI FOR THIS

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