Waldoboro youth secure top honors at Pitch, Hit & Run sectional
Old Orchard Beach — Ten children who advanced from Waldoboro's local competition participated in the sectional level of Major League Baseball's Pitch, Hit & Run Competition May 21 at "The Ball Park."
The Pitch, Hit & Run Competition is a 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. Two state sectionals were held in Maine this year to help limit driving distances for families.
By the end of the day, six of the local children had won awards for finishing among the top spots. They included:
13-14 girls — 2, Stephanie Hill, Waldoboro, 890 points.
11-12 girls — 1, Gabriyah Gadsby, Friendship, 506 points; and 2, Gabby Depatsy, Waldoboro, 473 points.
9-10 girls — 1, Cassandra Smeltzer, Waldoboro, 810 points; and 2, Taylor Post, Waldoboro, 580 points.
9-10 boys — 1, Travis Wyman, Union, 748 points.
Ethan Reed, Duncan Morrell Jr, and Wyatt Post of Waldoboro and Ben Sawyer of Nobleboro also participated.
Gadsby, Smeltzer and Wyman will have their overall scores compared against other sectional participants throughout New England for a chance to participate in the team competition in June at Fenway Park.
In the last six years, four youngsters from the Waldoboro area, including Isaac Durkee, Nicholas DePatsy, Brett Collamore and Maty Moore, have participated at the New England-wide team competition at Fenway Park.
"It simply amazes me how successful the Waldoboro kids are in this event," said Kyle Santheson, Waldoboro Recreation Department director. "They represented themselves and the Waldoboro community very well last weekend. Hopefully, Waldoboro will make its mark on Fenway Park again this year."
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