St. Marys’ players snag three of four berths to Aquafina Pitch, Hit & Run national finals
St. Marys – Jared Zufelt, Jaxon Valcke and Hayden Moore had family supporters and even Mayor Jamie Hahn rooting them on in the Aquafina Pitch, Hit & Run regional held at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame on Saturday afternoon, and their hard work and dedication over the past several years paid off yet again, as the they captured three out of four berths in the national finals to be held in the Rogers Centre on June 28th. Tillsonburg’s Riley Balazs won the 7-8 year-old category.
Zufelt, part of last year’s WOBA Pee Wee championship team, crushed a 267-foot shot, out-distancing his closest opponent by 104 feet, hit the pitching target on three out of six attempts, and ran the 160 foot distance in 7.91 seconds to amass 1,118 points, giving him the title in the 13-14 age category over teammate Lucas Jeffrey, who tallied 963 points.
The difference-make for Valcke, part of last year’s WOBA Mosquito championship team, was hitting the pitching target on five out of six throws. He also had the longest hit (124 feet) and the second fastest running time (8.97 seconds) in the 11-12 age category, giving him a total of 876 points, almost 300 more than his nearest competitor, Jordan Williams of Woodbridge.
Moore, a former Canadian champion in this competition and teammate of Valcke’s last summer, didn’t separate himself from the pack in any one skill, but performed all of them well, as he hit three targets out of six in throwing, had the second farthest hit (97 feet) and the third fastest running time (9.06 seconds), compiling 663 points in all, edging Tillsonburg’s Jordan White by 72 points for the 9-10 age category crown.
Balazs followed Moore’s recipe, tying for first in pitching by hitting two targets out of six, barely winning the hitting with an 86-footer, and posting the fourth-best running time (10.21 seconds), giving him a total of 451 points and a 62 point margin of victory over Tillsonburg’s Nicholas Groves.
“It was really fun to be in this and come to the Hall of Fame for free!” the exuberant seven-year-old said afterwards.
Players from all over North America have been competing in this event, and the very top scores from the finals being held in all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums will be invited to compete in St. Louis surrounding the 2009 All-Star Game.
For more information, please contact:
Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum
P.O. Box 1838, 140 Queen St. E.
St. Marys, ON, Canada, N4X 1C2
Tel: (519) 284-1838