Kids get chance to show off at skills competition (video)

Keldy  Ortiz

April 27, 2013 at 11:02 p.m.
Updated April 27, 2013 at 11:28 p.m.

Kids had a chance to compete for the opportunity to play on a major league field during a Pitch, Hit and Run event on Saturday.

Sponsored by Major League Baseball, the free event was held for boys and girls ages 7 to 14 at the Victoria Youth Sport Complex.

Some of the events included running and hitting.

Players selected after the event go through four levels of competition, where they would have an opportunity to play the final round at the 2013 MLB All-Star Game in New York.

MicKayla Padilla, a recreation specialist who helped during the event, said Saturday was a friendly competition for kids new and old to the sport of baseball.

"It gives kids a chance to have fun and showcase their skills," said Padilla. "It gives kids a chance to play before joining a (little) league."

Chase Patek, 10, competed in Saturday's competition, thanks to his father Patrick Patek.

Patrick, while happy about the opportunity for his son to play in a baseball stadium, said he was happy for his son to play.

"I just want him to come out, participate and hang out with some of his friends," Patrick said.

Joe Alvarez brought his son, Seth Davis, 10, along to hang out with his friend Chase. Alvarez was interested in seeing how he did.

"I want him to compete against his age level and see how he does," said Alvarez. "I think he did real well."



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