Special to HuntingtonNews.Net

HUNTINGTON, WV – Boys and girls ages 7 to 14 will have the chance to compete for the opportunity to advance to the MLB All-Star with the Pitch, Hit & Run competition hosted by Marshall softball.

The team and Marshall athletics will conduct the competition on Sunday, April 15 at 3 p.m. or once the Thundering Herd’s 12 p.m. game with Tulsa concludes at Dot Hicks Field. It is free to participate.

Pitch, Hit & Run, sponsored by Aquafina is the official youth skills competition of Major League Baseball. This grassroots program is designed to provide youngsters with an opportunity to compete; free of charge, in a competition that recognizes individual excellence in core baseball/softball skills.

Competitors are divided into four age divisions: 7/8, 9/10, 11/12, 13/14, and have the chance to advance through four levels of competition, including team championships at Major League ballparks and the national finals at the 2012 MLB All-Star Game. Age is determined as of July 17, 2012.

The individual pitching, hitting and running champions, along with the all-around champion in each age group at the local competition will be awarded and advance to the sectional level of competition.

Interested youth will need to provide a copy of either their birth certificate or baptismal before competing. Registration will take place during the Herd’s game and up until the start of the competition.

Forms for which to register with can also be obtained from the softball page of HerdZone.com.

For official rules please visit www.MLB.com/PHR<http://www.mlb.com/PHR>. For questions about the local competition, contact Grant Robertson at 304-696-6160 .