ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Boys and girls from across Lee and Dougherty County showed off their big league skills in the MLB Pitch, Hit, and Run competition.
"All in all we're averaging about 10 to 15, maybe even up to 20 per age group," said Hayes Cook, Director of Player Development at Synergy Sports Academy. "So yea, it's been a good turn out for the first time we've ever had it in Albany."
Children from ages 7 to 14 competed at Synergy Sports Complex for a chance to be a pitch, hit, run, or overall champion. And, make it to the majors.
"They would come to a local event," said Cook. "When they win the local event, in any one of the 4 categories. . . They would advance to a sectional. if they win at the sectional event, then they would advance to the major league baseball all star game. And they'll participate there."
Athletes from local little league teams enjoyed the chance to come out and play ball.
"It was pretty cool," said Caden King, ten-year old pitching co-champion. "I think it was a good experience for me. And, I'm glad to win."
"It was nothing but an opportunity to have fun, make new friends and get better," said James Smith, ten-year old pitching co-champion and overall champion. "To me, it was a great experience for every one."
Cook says he hopes more kids come out next year and the game keeps growing.
"Our mission here is just to provide a positive environment for kids to participate in what we feel is one of the greatest sports."
Sectionals for each of the winners will be held on May 2nd, in Dothan, Alabama.