SUBMITTED Hitting champions Josey Paula, Austin Willison, and Cody Gamble with hitting administrator Lion Dan Arbuthnot and Lions Ted Madsen and Richard Thompson.
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Garberville Lions Announce Results of MLB Pitch, Hit, Run Competition

On Saturday, May 9, at 3 p.m. the Garberville Lions Club hosted MLB Pitch, Hit, Run competition at Redway Little League Field.

Young athletes from 7 years of age to 12 years of age competed pitching, base running, and hitting in attempts to qualify for the sectional competition held in Daly City on May 16. Official MLB Pitch Hit Run certificates were awarded to the division winners of each event. Overall winners also received certificates.

Garberville Lions served as administrator of the three events. Garberville Lion vice president Tom Puskarich administered the pitching competition aided by club secretary Dave Widner. Using a box representing the MLB official strike zone, the young athletes pitched six balls for scores. Tommy Rotbergs had the high score for the age 7-8 year old division. Drake Savage took the 9-10 division, and Graham McConnell received the winning score in the 11-12 year old competition.

Richard Thompson, club treasurer, served as the administrator for the base running with aid of volunteering parents Matt Willison and Robert Rotbergs. In this timed event, ballplayers ran from second to home base. Josey Paula ran the best time in the 7-8 year old competition. Austin Willison raced for the high score in the 9-10 year old division. Cody Gamble won the 11-12 year old base running competition.

Lion club president, Dan Arbuthnot administered the hitting competition aided by Richard Thompson, Lion Ted Madsen and student Lion Christopher Arbuthnot along with volunteer Bryan Arbuthnot. Hitters took their best attempt out of three balls driven off a batting tee. Tommy Rotbergs was the slugger in the 7-8 year old division. Austin Willison drove the ball farthest in the 9-10 year old competition. Graham McConnell won the 11-12 competition.

MLB Hit Pitch Run coordinator, Dave Widner, congratulated overall winners Tommy Rotbergs, age 7-8, Austin Willison age 9-10, and Graham McConnell age 11-12 for their superior efforts. All the competitors had fun and displayed wonderful sportsmanship throughout the competition.

Garberville Lion Starla Widner with the assistance of volunteer Crystal Arbuthnot registered competitors, recorded, and tallied the scores.

The Garberville Lions Club are enthusiastic about this year’s competition and hopes that in future years that boys and girls will compete in all divisions from 7 to 14 years of age.

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