12-year-old Tyler Niemeyer of Sunnyside will compete at the Pepsi Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run Team Championships at Safeco Field this Sunday, June 27.
Niemeyer qualified to compete at the championships by placing first in his age division at a local Pepsi Pitch, Hit & Run competition. From there he advanced to a sectional event, at which he was deemed the all-around champion.
The Pitch, Hit & Run event is the official skills competition of Major League Baseball. The grassroots program is in its eighth year of existence, and is designed to provide youths across North America with an integrated competition that recognizes individual excellence in core baseball skills. Children compete in four age groups-8&U, 10&U, 12&U and 14&U-and have the chance to advance through four levels of competition, including the local, sectional, team championship and national finals.
Niemeyer will be competing at Safeco Field prior to the Mariners game against the San Diego Padres this Sunday. He has hopes of becoming eligible to advance to the national finals, which will take place at the 2004 All-Star game in Houston. The top four competitors nationwide from each of the four age groups advance to the national finals.