Fairfield’s Kylee Holderied, 12, is one of three national finalists in her 11-12 year-old age division in Major League Baseball’s Pitch, Hit & Run competition and will be taking part in various activities at the upcoming All-Star game at Cincinnati’s Great American Ballpark on July 13-14.

A total of 24 youths in four age divisions (7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-14, boys and girls) will take part in the finals for the Pitch, Hit and & Run competition on Monday at 3 p.m., prior to the National and American League’s workouts. Holderied will also get to shag fly balls during the Home Run Derby contest Monday night.

At Citi Field, Holderied had six throws to hit a target. Next came hitting, where players had to hit the ball as far as they could while staying on a straight line drawn from home plate past second base. Finally, they were timed as they ran from second base to home plate. Holderied’s total score was good enough for first place and good enough to get her to Cincinnati.

Since March, over 625,000 kids in some 4,400 competitions across the country took part in the Pitch, Hit & Run event and Holderied, representing the New York Mets, won her regional event at Citi Field. She had to win four rounds of competition to reach the national finals.

Another Fairfield participant, Genevieve Tiago, placed third in the girls’ 13-14 age division team competition at Citi Field. She did not make the national finals.

The Pitch, Hit & Run skills competition is part of the “Play Ball” initiative between Major League Baseball and USA Baseball, which encourages widespread participation in all forms of baseball activities among all age groups, especially youth. The new program highlights the many ways baseball can be played, including outside of the traditionally organized baseball leagues and tournaments, ranging from playing catch, stickball and Wiffle ball to participating in skills competitions like Pitch, Hit & Run.

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