Kids show off baseball skills during event at Duck Pond

MADISON, Wis. — Area kids between the ages of 7 and 14 got the chance to show off their baseball skills at the Duck Pond Thursday as part of an MLB Pitch Hit & Run event.

The competition, put on by the MLB and the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County, consisted of a series of movements that are important to baseball.

Based on their scores, some will advance to a team championship at American Family Field in Milwaukee and then to the national finals.

“We like to do community events to make sure kids outside of Boys & Girls Club or traditional after-school programs… have access and participate in what we do,” said Jake Brown, the group’s assistant vice president of operations. “So this is one of those things were we could partner up with a really great partner in the Madison Mallards to provide free access to kids to do a competition that actually if they win, they can go to the World Series and compete there.”

Those who make it to the national finals receive an all-expenses-paid trip for two to compete at the MLB World Series.