Vallonia’s Maverick Terry had the chance to compete in an MLB pitch, hit and run event at the Great American Ball Park (home of the Cincinnati Reds) on July 24th to compete in the 2021 World Series.
Terry started last Saturday in the 7/8 age group and finished third overall.
The way the event was scored was that each child had the chance to throw six throwing distances and throw one punch. They hit six baseball balls off a tee and tried to hit it the farthest, and then they ran from second base to home plate and got the time.
Children were awarded points based on their performance in each event, and those points were accumulated into a grand total that determined the winner of each age group.
Terry had already attended one before Saturday when Seymour hosted his first MLB pitch, hit and run event on July 6th at Freeman Field.
Terry won the 7/8 age group that day by collecting 672 points when competing at Seymour. His pitching score was 150, he hit the ball 126 feet which was converted to 240 points, and he ran 7.18 which was converted to 282 points.
He had to wait a few days to find out how his total score tied up with the rest of the state, but his performance at Seymour enabled him to qualify for the Reds ballpark event.
Terry competed on Saturday in the 7/8 age group against GianCarlo Garcia-Altuve from Cincinnati and Atticus Harris from Georgetown, Kentucky.
For his participation in the event, Terry received a jersey, hat and two Reds tickets for the game against the St. Louis Cardinals following the event.
The Reds took the win 5-3 later that night.
Seymour hopes to continue hosting MLB pitch, hit-and-run events for the next several years to give kids a chance to earn cool opportunities like Terry did.
The event is free to attend and Seymour had a solid outing as it was the first time she hosted such an event.
“I loved it,” Brandon Terrell told The Tribune after the event. Terrell is the athletic director of the Boys and Girls Club of Seymour. “I think it’s really cool that MLB is giving kids a chance to go to the World Series and play in it.”