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MAA Ballplayer Headed to Tampa
MAA Ballplayer Headed to Tampa

Every year Major League Baseball puts on it’s Pitch, Hit and Run Competition.  This year the event is sponsored by Aquafina and was hosted by various baseball parks in the area, to include an event put on by the Jacksonville Suns.

Locally, the Middleburg Athletic Association hosted the event and invited all the parks in the Clay County area.  The competition began on Saturday, 23 March with the local competition that yielded 12 boys and 9 girls with eligibility to compete at the sectionals held at Santa Fe Baseball Park in Alachua, Florida on Sunday, 15 May 2011.  

Winners from the local competition represented two local athletic association in Clay County, Tanglewood Athletic Association and Middleburg Athletic Association.  Other areas in northern Florida that were represented include Jacksonville, Satsuma, Pomona Park and Lake Butler to name a few.  The sectional competition was intense with all the competitors vying to move on to the team competition at the Tampa Bay Rays in the near future. 

All the Clay County kids did great but had to leave the competition not knowing how they finished.  After a few days of baited breath anticipation, the results were emailed to the Baseball Commissioner at Middleburg Athletic Association.  Only the overall winner gets to move on!

Congratulations to Clayton Simmons!  Winner of the 9 and 10 year old age group.  Clayton and two of his three brothers play ball at Middleburg Athletic Association.  All three are All Stars and of course, Dad (Gerald Simmons) is the manager of the 10U All Star team and Mom, (Theresa Simmons) is the team mom.  The 4th brother has about 3 years till he can play t-ball.  

Clayton excelled at the competition.  He threw 4 out of 6 strikes in the pitching competition.  He hit the baseball 122 feet and 8 inches. and he ran the required 160 feet in 9.44 seconds.  All the events are converted to points and he finished with a point total of 752.  198 points ahead of the second place finisher.

Next stop for Clayton is the team competition at the Tampa Bay Rays in about two weeks.  Congratulations Clayton!  We are proud to have your representing “The Burg!”

Good luck and Go Broncos!

Written by:  Tony Placzkowski – Baseball Commissioner, Middleburg Athletic Association

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