Triple crown winner

Andrew Elam III of Scott County shows off his regional championship trophy in the Pitch, Hit and Run competition for youth, sanctioned by Major League Baseball. Elam topped his competition in the 7-8 age division at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati after winning earlier events in Georgetown and Florence. He could be invited to the national finals in Cleveland next month.

Andrew Elam III of Scott County Youth Baseball has joined select company in national competition.

Elam has competed in three rounds of Pitch, Hit and Run, sanctioned by Major Legaue Baseball, and has won awards and advanced through each level.

He now has a chance to pick up an invitation ot the national championship.

The top three players nationally in each age group will take the field in Cleveland as part of the MLB All-Star Game fesitivities from July 7 to 9.

Competing in the division for ages 7 and  8, Elam started his run by winning the local competition at Suffoletta Park.

That moved Elam into the regional championship, which was held in Boone County.

Elam captured the overall champion ther, too. 

Thanks to his results in Florence, Elam was one of three players in his age group chosen out of six sectionals to compete in a team championship at Great American Ballpark, home of the Cincinnati Reds.

Again, Elam was crowned overall champion.

The same format is used to select competitors for the national showcase.

It’s a tougher cut this time around: Instead of six seciions, Elam is fighting to finish among the top three in one of 30 regions from across the country.

In the “pitch” portion of the competition, players are graded on their accuracy with six pitches at a distance of 45 feet toward a standard strike zone.

They “hit” six balls off a tee, with the strokes measured for distance and accuracy to straightaway center field.

Finally, they “run” from second base to home, touching both third base and the plate in pursuit of the fastest time.

Elam played this past season for the Pirates of SCYB’s training league.

Kal Oakes can be reached via email at sports@news-graphic.com.

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