Evart hosts free baseball competition

EVART — The Evart Parks and Recreation Department is looking for area youth ages 7 through 14 who enjoy baseball to participate in a free competition.

The city department will host a free Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run Competition for area youth beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 30 at Evart High School. Pitch Hit & Run is the official skills competition of Major League Baseball. The grassroots program is designed to provide youth with an opportunity to compete in a competition that recognizes excellence in core baseball and softball skills.

Boys and girls are divided into four age divisions — 7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 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 2016 MLB All-Star Game.

The individual PHR Champions, along with the All-Around Champion in each division age group at the local competition, will be awarded and advance to the sectional level of competition.

All participants must bring a copy of their birth certificate and have a parent or guardian fill out a registration and waiver form prior to the start of the competition. Forms are available at the Evart City Hall, Evart Elementary School or Evart Middle School. Registration also may take place online at atmlb.com/1qdq4Jv.

The event is open to any and all area youth within the competition age groupings. For questions concerning the competition, contact Jason O’Dell at (231) 734-4222 or at odellj@evart.k12.mi.us.