Players Won Over Competitors In Three States: One Will Compete For Chance At MLB All-Star Game
On Saturday June 9 two young men from Edmonson County competed in the MLB Pitch, Hit, & Run Competition at Great American Ballpark, home of the Cincinnati Reds. John Michael Meredith, 12, and Cooper Vincent, 8, represented EC in the competition.
The MLB Pitch, Hit, & Run is a skills competition that assesses players ability to throw for accuracy, hit for distance, and run for speed. PHR is sponsored by Scott Lawn and Turf and is free for players to compete.
Prior to advancing to Cincinnati, the players won the local PHR Competition held at the Highway 70 Sports Complex. They then went on the represent EC at the Sectional Competition held at Bowling Green Ballpark where each of the boys won top honors in their respective age groups.
The Cincinnati Team Championship gathered players together from Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio for competition where players performed on the big league field. John Michael placed second in his age group and Cooper won first place in his.
Vincent was recognized as the Team Champion from his age group in the pre-game ceremony that night.
Once all MLB teams have conducted their Team Championship Competitions the top three winners will be announced live on the MLB Network July 2nd. If Cooper is in the top three nationwide, he will win an all-expense paid trip to the MLB-All Star Week where he will compete for the National PHR Championship and serve as a ball shagger for the MLB Home Run Derby.
John Michael is the son of Ashley and John Meredith. Cooper is the son of Brooke and Jeremy Vincent.