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Perfect weather for baseball
Pitch, Hit and Run a success
Sunday afternoon at Windjammer Park couldnt have been more ideal for the Aquafina Pitch, Hit and Run competition sponsored by NAS Whidbey Island Youth Activities in cooperation with the North Whidbey Little League.
Twenty-six players ages 7 to 14 competed in four age groups for time, distance and accuracy, with the winners advancing to todays regional competition at Garfield High School in Seattle.
Many of the players were first-time participants in the competition and win or lose, they all had smiles on their faces.
Kamren Mebane, an 8-year-old student at Oak Harbor Elementary School, tried his best during the pitching competition but said he didnt think he was going to win.
I didnt throw very well, but Im mostly a catcher on my Little League minors team, the Angels, he said.
Emily Smith, an 8-year-old who attends Broad View Elementary School, said this was the first year she had been in the pitch, hit and run competition.
Im on the Mariners team and Im just out here playing and having fun, she said.
Christopher Trisler had a slight bit of trouble in the batting portion of the competition hitting the tee, but pulled things together and won the 7- and 8-year-old all-around championship.
I play on the Dodgers Little League team and weve had a good season so far, he said. Weve won all our games except one.
Blake Smith won the 9- and 10-year-old all-around championship and Anthony Smith was the 11- and 12-year-old champion.
Rounding out the competition was Joshua Ekberg, who was the all-around champion in the 13- and 14-year-old division.
Aquafina Pitch, Hit and Run
at Windjammer Park
Sunday, May 18
7- and 8 year-olds
All-around champion Christopher Trisler 291 points.
Pitch champion Christopher Trisler 150 points.
Hit champion Cooper Treadwell 79 points.
Run champion Cooper Treadwell 153 points.
9- and 10-year-olds
All-around champion Blake Smith 674 points.
Pitch champion Blake Smith 225 points.
Hit champion Blake Smith 274 points.
Run champion Max ONeil 216 points.
11- and 12-year-olds
All-around champion Anthony Smith 812 points.
Pitch champion Anthony Smith 375 points.
Hit champion Christian Lantz 290 points.
Run champion Austin Quinby 232 points.
13- and 14-year-olds
All-around champion Josh Ekberg 998 points.
Pitch champion Josh Ekberg 300 points.
Hit champion Josh Ekberg 398 points.
Run champion David Bunch 315 points.