Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
A local little league baseball player from the county league system will get his shot to compete at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, the home of the Cincinnati Reds, after winning his division in Major League Baseball's "Pitch, Hit, and Run" competition.
Gavin Minyard, son of Ritchie and Leslie Minyard of Brownsville, has advanced to compete in the Team Championship round in Cincinnati after winning here at the county level, then in regional competition at Bowling Green Ballpark, home of the Hot Rods. He won two out of four levels, which qualifies him to move onto the championship level.
Gavin not only beat out competitors from the Bowling Green area, he finished above those from around KY, Indiana, and Ohio. He is set to compete this Saturday, June 3, 2017 in Cincinnati as he tries to advance to the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Miami this July.
Each competitor is scored on how well they can pitch, hit, and run. The PITCH portion of the program will test how accurately a competitor can throw strikes to a designated "Strike Zone" target from a designated distance. The HIT portion of the program will test a competitor's ability to hit from a stationary batting tee, along a tape measure from home plate, toward straight-away centerfield, while the RUN portion of the program will measure a competitor's speed in a sprint from the start line, touching third base, and touching home plate.
"We're very proud of Gavin and how he's represented our local league and our parks," said Greg Hudson, administrator of local parks and rec programs.
Gavin's sister, Taylor, is also a talented athlete and plays softball in the local parks and rec league.