Eight children from Waldoboro competed in the sectional level of Major League Baseball’s Pitch, Hit & Run competition May 22.

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.

According to the Maine Recreation and Park Association, two state sectionals (equivalent to a state championship) were scheduled this year in Maine to limit driving distances for families and to help increase participation. The cutoff point was Millinocket. By the end of the day, six Waldoboro children had placed, including three overall championships in the south cectional.

In the ages 13-14 boys division, Waldoboro youngsters scored a one-two punch with Nicholas DePatsy (964 points) placing first and Oliver Brown (919 points) taking a close second.

Maty Moore of Waldoboro scored 1,095 points and was crowned overall champion in the 11-12 boys division.

In the boys 9-10 division, Wyatt Post of Waldoboro tallied 601 points to place third. Duncan Widdecombe of Waldoboro (528 points) and Caleb Barter of Waldoboro (175 points) also participated.

In the 9-10 girls division, Cassie Smeltzer of Waldoboro placed third with 505 points. Not to be outdone by her older brother, Gabrielle DePatsy of Waldoboro posted 723 points in the 11-12 girls division and was also crowned champion.

Moore and the DePatsys now play the waiting game as their overall scores are compared New England wide for a chance to participate in the team competition at Fenway Park in June.

“These kids represented themselves and the Waldoboro community very well last weekend,” said Kyle Santheson, Waldoboro Recreation Department director. “They should be proud of their accomplishments. I know I am.”

In the last five years, three youngsters from Waldoboro have won their respective divisions at the New England-wide team competition at Fenway Park in Boston — Isaac Durkee in 2007, Nicholas DePatsy in 2008 and Brett Collamore in 2010.

Winners at the team competition will have their scores compared nationally for a chance to compete at the Major League Baseball All-Star Game Tuesday, July 12 at Chase Field in Phoenix, Az..

“We’ve never had a child advance to the all-star game competition” Santheson said, “I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this is the year.”

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