Jameson, Powell pitch, hit, run way to Fenway ParkNew England competition to be held May 31 in Boston, Mass.
Old Orchard Beach — Six youngsters from the Waldoboro area participated in the sectional level of Major League Baseball's Pitch, Hit and Run competition at The Ball Park on Sunday, May 18, with two of the six proving a cut above the rest, moving onto the next round.
Addie Jameson of Waldoboro and Jordan Powell of Friendship, who won the right to participate in the sectional based on their performances in the local competition on Saturday, May 17 in Waldoboro, took first in their age divisions and will move on to participate in the New England Competition on Saturday, May 31 at Fenway Park in Boston, Mass.
If Jameson or Powell advances past the New England Competition, they will compete at the 2014 MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 15 in Minneapolis, Minn.
The Pitch, Hit and Run Competition is a free baseball and softball skills challenge that allows youngsters to showcase their talents in pitching, hitting and running with scores determined by individual performances in each skills event.
In the last seven years, five previous youngsters from the Waldoboro area — Isaac Durkee, Nicholas DePatsy, Brett Collamore, Cassie Smeltzer and Maty Moore — have advanced to the New England Competition at Fenway Park.
Waldoboro Recreation Director Kyle Santheson said the news is “fantastic” and “it's always a pleasure to see the kids from the Waldoboro area perform so well.”
Jameson scored 1,031 points and won the ages 11/12 girls competition, while Smeltzer scored 762 points, to finish second.
Powell scored 1,059 points in the 11/12 boys competition to advance, along with Jameson.
Grace White of Waldoboro won her respective division at the sectional, but after having her score compared against other sectional participants throughout New England, she was not selected.
Scores for Midcoast youngsters from the sectional included:
7/8 boys division — Gabe Lash of Waldoboro, 493 points, third place.
9/10 girls division — White of Waldoboro, 641 points, first place.
11/12 boys division — Powell of Friendship, 1,059 points, first place.
11/12 girls division — Jameson of Waldoboro, 1,031 points, first place; Smeltzer of Waldoboro, 762 points, second place.
Cole Wallace of Waldoboro also participated in the 9/10 boys division, but did not place.
Of the 10 who took part in the local competition on Saturday, May 17 at the Waldoboro Recreation Complex, six qualified for the sectionals.
Scores from the local competition included:
7/8 boys division — Lash of Waldoboro, 259 points, first place.
9/10 boys division — Wallace of Waldoboro, 518 points, first place.
11/12 boys division — Powell of Friendship, 637 points, first place.
9/10 girls division — Grace White of Waldoboro, 635 points, first place.
11/12 girls division — Jameson of Waldoboro, 698 points, first place; and Smeltzer of Waldoboro, 469 points, second place.
13/14 girls division — Aubrey Schaeffer of Rockport, 777 points, first place; and Maddy White of Waldoboro, 765 points, second place.
Mikayla Wallace and Kallon Mortensen of Waldoboro, and Alex Bartlett of Thomaston, also participated.