|Imperial has a national Pitch, Hit, Run champion|
|Written by Jan Schultz|
An experience of a lifetime.
That’s what Imperial, Neb., 14-year-old Josie Peterson and her family experienced last week in Minneapolis, Minn., at Major League Baseball’s 85th All-Star Game events.
It was on Monday, July 14, as part of those All-Star Game activities that the Chase County Schools sophomore won a national Pitch, Hit and Run title.
Josie won the girls’ age 13-14 division, going up against two other national qualifiers from California and Texas.
“It’s really cool,” Josie said Tuesday, when asked what a national title feels like.
It’s more than cool, when a person considers she became just one of eight national winners from a group of 625,000 youths who started the PHR competition at local contests across the country this past spring.
She added, “And I’m super excited for all of the rest of the FanFest events,” that were on the family’s schedule Tuesday, July 15.
All of the finalists made a special trip to T-Mobile All-Star FanFest, an interactive baseball theme park and the largest baseball fan event in the world.
Among the FanFest attractions were an exhibit from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, batting cages, clinics from Major League legends, free autograph sessions with former Twins and others, and more.
Enjoying the events with Josie were her parents, Bruce and Crystal, and siblings Trevor, Morgan and Jaret.
Monday’s events preceded attendance at Tuesday night’s MLB All-Star Game at the Minnesota Twins’ Target Field, where Josie and Bruce watched the American League Team defeat the National League Team, 5-3. They had two seats up high above left field, part of Josie’s perks as a national PHR qualifier.
Josie said she felt she had a good performance in the Pitch, Hit and Run competition on Monday.
Like in the team championships at Coors Field in Denver where she qualified for nationals, Josie hit all six of the pitching zones again, as she hurled a softball at the MLB strike zone.
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