Lori Brown | Democrat
MEMBERS OF THE Sullivan County Community College Generals baseball team who helped with last Monday’s Pitch, Hit and Run competition at the Paul Gerry Fieldhouse on the SCCC campus in Loch Sheldrake joined the age group winners for a picture at the conclusion of the event. In the front row, from left to right, are Matt Rampe, Elizabeth Hannold, Shaun Jackson and Tyler Foxwell. In the middle row, from left to right, are Glen McCausland, Jack Drapkin, Shane Jackson and Francis Wyss. Standing from left to right in the back row are Generals Alicedes Ferreiras, Imgembert Tavarez, Lucas Garcia, Jonathan Valerio, Chris Daniels and Lenin Sepluveda.
SCCC Hosts the 2007 Pitch, Hit and Run Competition
By Lori Brown
LOCH SHELDRAKE Tuesday, May 8, 2007 On Monday, April 30, Sullivan County Community College (SCCC) held the Pepsi® Pitch, Hit and Run competition for local children.
Pitch, Hit and Run is the official skills competition of Major League Baseball®. This program has four levels of competition: local, sectional, team championship and national finals.
The team championship will take place at either Shea Stadium in Queens or Yankee Stadium in The Bronx and this summer’s national finals will be held in San Francisco, Calif.
This competition gives children ages 14 and under a chance to show their abilities in the three fundamental areas of baseball: pitching, hitting and running. From 45 feet away, the kids pitched baseballs at a 17-foot by 11-foot target. The youngsters then hit off a batting tee for distance and completed a timed run from second base to third base to home plate.
After the competition, SCCC Head Baseball Coach and Assistant Athletic Director Mike Marra and wife, Ann Marra, tallied up the children’s points with the conversion table for each category. Then the children were given their scorecard with their results from the competition.
The winners in each age group received a blue ribbon.
Those winners were as follows:
7- and 8-year-olds: Pitching Shaun Jackson; Hitting Shaun Jackson; Running Elizabeth Hannold; Overall winner Shaun Jackson (510 total points).
9- and 10-year-olds: Pitching Glen McCausland; Hitting Glen McCausland; Running Glen McCausland; Overall winner Glen McCausland (340 total points).
11- and 12-year-olds: Pitching Tyler Foxwell; Hitting Shane Jackson; Running winner Shane Jackson; Overall winner Shane Jackson (825 total points).
The overall winners Shane Jackson, Shaun Jackson and McCausland advanced to the sectional competition. That event will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 10 at Germantown Central School in Hudson.
“The winners who are going to sectionals all attended the SCCC baseball camp this past year,” Mike Marra said.
Marra noted that he is trying to grow the game of baseball here in Sullivan County.
“Next year, we are getting involved with the Boys and Girls Club through Sullivan County and hopefully we will have a bigger turnout,” he said. “We want to get more kids involved [in this program.]
“I definitely think Shane Jackson will advance from sectionals and we are excited on following up with all the winners of this competition. We had no kids ages 13 and 14 show up and we would like to see more participation from kids ages 9 and 10, also.”