Ferry Lions Club set to host MLB Pitch, Hit and Run competition

The Martins Ferry Lions Club has been serving its community since 2010.

It’s always looking for more ways, however, to continue to be active.

For the first time in its history, the Martins Ferry Lions Club is bringing a sporting event, of sorts, to the area.

The Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run competition will be held at Martins Ferry High School’s baseball field on Sunday, April 21 and it’s open to children from all over the Ohio Valley. The event will begin at noon.

Lions Club member Joe Lovell is overseeing the event, which is open to kids aged 7-14 and is free to enter.

“I got an email from MLB, basically looking for an organization to host the event,” Lovell said. “The Martins Ferry Lions Club thought this was a great opportunity to host this free event for the children of the community and Ohio Valley.”

It is believed that this is the first the MLB Pitch, Hit and Run has been held as a qualifier in the Ohio Valley.

The participants will be divided into age groups of 7 and 8, 9 and 10, 11 and 12 and 13 and 14 for both boys and girls.

According to a press release on the event, Pitch, Hit and Run is “a grassroots program designed to provide youngsters with an opportunity to compete in a competition that recognizes individual excellence in core baseball/softball skills.”

There will be winners crowned in each individual discipline and then there will also be an overall champion crowned. All of the winners will advance along in the competition.

Lovell has yet to be informed on whether or not the Martins Ferry participants, should they advance that far, will take part in the competition in Pittsburgh or Cleveland.

The overall championships of the event will be held at this year’s MLB All-Star Game, which is slated for the New York Mets’ relatively new home, Citi Field, in Queens, N.Y.

“Our goal for this event is to have as many kids as possible participate, have fun and eventually send a child from the Ohio Valley to the All-Star Game to participate,” Lovell said.

All participants are required to bring a copy of their birth certificate and their parents or guardian must fill out a registration/waiver form.

Registration can be done on the day of the competition. For more information, please email mflions2013@gmail.com. Currently, registration forms can be picked up at the Martins Ferry City Building/Mayor’s office, Total Sports Connection, Deluxe Toy and Hobby or Ferry Hardware.

Staskey can be reached at sstaskey@timesleaderonline.com