Jonesboro Jaycees provide showcase for kids’ major league skills

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – Local youngsters got a chance to show off whose best on the baseball diamond, thanks to the Jonesboro Jaycees.

The community service group hosted the Pitch, Hit and Run Competition at the Southside Softball Complex on Saturday.

The event allowed boys and girls, ages seven to 14, to participate in a contest that recognizes their individual excellence in core baseball and softball skills. Organizer Amber Maurizi says the contest focused on three key areas.

"They're going to throw strikes in a strike zone," Maurizi said. "They're hitting. We're going to measure how far they hit off a stationary tee, and then running. We're going to time them running from second (base) to third to home."

Individual pitching, hitting and running champions received an award and had the chance to advance to sectional levels.

The Jaycees hope to make the contest an annual event.

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