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Jerry Budrick
06/26/2014 1:45 PM

Jackson resident Connor Poreider, age 8, soon to be a 4th-grader at Jackson Elementary, has won the regional title in Major League Baseball’s Pitch, Hit & Run, and now has a chance to compete nationally next month. All 30 Major League clubs hold a Pitch, Hit & Run competition, and the top three scorers nationally in each age group compete in the finals during All-Star weekend.

In local trials, held May 4 in Jackson, at Argonaut High School, Connor placed first in all three categories, earning awards that allowed him to move on to compete in Sacramento at the sectionals, where he went on to win 1st place again. His scores had to be among the top three in Northern California and Nevada sectional competitions in order to move on to the All-Team competition that was held June 22 at the Oakland Coliseum. He again won 1st place.

Connor is currently awaiting the results of national tabulations that will determine the three young athletes in each age group who will move on to the Nationals, to be held in Minneapolis, Minn., at the 2014 MLB All-Star Game.

The three qualifiers will be announced on the MLB network, during a noon show on Sunday, June 29.

Writing for MLB.com, Aaron Leibowitz quoted Connor in an article about the competition in Oakland. “‘Dad, look what I got, a ball that was on the field!’ beamed Connor Poreidor, of Jackson, Calif., the winner of the ages 7-8 boys’ division. Then he added, almost as an aside: ‘I hope I get to go to ...’ ‘Minnesota,” he was reminded. ‘Yeah, that.’”

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