Morgan Peterson will be one of three age 13-14 girls competing this Saturday at Coors Field in the Pitch, Hit and Run team championships. (Johnson Publications photo)

Morgan Peterson qualifies for Pitch, Hit, Run team championship at Coors Field

    Morgan Peterson, an eighth grader at Chase County Schools, has qualified for the Colorado Rockies Pitch, Hit and Run team championship at Coors Field in Denver.
    She’ll be competing in the girls’ age 13-14 division this Saturday morning, prior to the Rockies/San Francisco Giants’ 1:10 p.m. baseball game.
    After winning the local Pitch, Hit and Run competition hosted by the Imperial Jaycees May 6, Peterson then went on to win her age group at sectionals held May 7 in Grand Island.
    The region that funnels Pitch, Hit and Run athletes to the team championship at Coors Field has several sectionals, including the one  serving this area in Grand Island. Organizers compared scores from all the sectionals and the top three overall qualified for the competition at Coors Field.
    Saturday’s contest, starting at 8 a.m., will challenge youths in the four age groups to pitch for accuracy, hit for distance and run for time.
    After all 30 MLB team championships conclude, the top three point-getters overall in each age group (except the 7-8 year-olds) will advance to the MLB All-Star Game at Marlins Park in Miami, Fla., for the national competition in mid-July.  
    On Saturday in Denver, those winning their age divisions will be recognized during pre-game ceremonies before Saturday’s game.
    Morgan, the daughter of Bruce and Crystal Peterson, will be making her fifth appearance at the team championships at Coors Field. In 2014, her older sister, Josie, went on from Coors Field to win the national 13-14 girls’ division.
    Imperial had two others competing at the sectionals last month in Grand Island. They included Destry Oxford, boys’ age 7-8, and Jaret Peterson, boys’ age 11-12.

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