Hops host MLB's Jr. Home Run Derby and Pitch, Hit and Run contest
The Hillsboro Hops will again be hosting MLB's Jr. Home Run Derby and Pitch, Hit and Run contests, with this year's event taking place at Ron Tonkin Field on Saturday, March 30.
The events are free for boys and girls ages 7 to 14, with winners advancing to the next round May 18 — also at Ron Tonkin Field — and that round's winners advancing to a third round at T-Mobile Park in Seattle in June. The event's final round will be held at the MLB All-Star Game this July in Cleveland.
"After hosting for the first time last year, we couldn't wait to host the MLB Junior HR Derby and Pitch Hit Run again," said Hillsboro Hops president and general manager K.L. Wombacher in a statement. "Seeing firsthand what a great experience it was for the kids and their parents last year, this event is perfectly aligned with our mission of providing first-class memories. Trying to hit a home run on the Hops field with people in the stands would have been my dream as a kid!"
Pitch, Hit and Run is the official skills competition of Major League Baseball. The grassroots program is designed to provide youngsters with an opportunity to compete, free of charge, in a competition that recognizes individual excellence in core baseball and softball skills. Boys and girls are divided into four age divisions and have the chance to advance through four levels of competition, including team championships at major league ballparks and the national finals during the 2019 MLB All-Star Week.
The festivities begin at 2 p.m. on March 30.
All participants must bring a copy of their birth certificate and have their parent or guardian fill out a registration and waiver form prior to the start of the competitions.
To register for the Jr. Home Run Derby and the Pitch, Hit and Run contest, visit milb.com/hillsboro.