If you grew up as a baseball player, your goal was probably to someday make it to the Major Leagues, and eventually to the World Series. Very few players ever actually live that dream, but there is one young ball player from Evansville who is one step closer to checking one of those things off his bucket list thanks to a fun MLB youth program.

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Pitch, Hit, & Run

The MLB's Pitch, Hit, & Run program gives boys or girls ages 7-14 the opportunity to show off their pitching, hitting, and running skills on the field while earning a chance to attend and perform during the World Series!

Go Get 'Em Gabe!

Golfmoor Baseball Association on the west side of Evansville hosted a local Pitch, Hit, & Run competition earlier this year. A young man named Gabe Smith decided to give it a shot and we are all glad he did. The 11-year-old scored enough points to advance to the next round where he will compete for a spot on a MLB Team Championship team.

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Gabe and his family are headed to St. Louis on Saturday, August 19th where he hopes to score well enough to make this regional team, the Cardinals. If he does, that means the 6th grader would receive a free ticket to the MLB World Series and would compete for the national Pitch, Hit, & Run winner in his age group. What an amazing opportunity!

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Gabe has been playing baseball since he was just four years old. These days he is a pitcher and first baseman for the Golfmoor Warriors all-star team. Gabe loves baseball - especially Vlad Jr. and the Toronto Blue Jays - he's constantly watching games and trades baseball cards.

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I'm sure this young man would love to know that his community is behind him and cheering him on. If you get a chance, visit the Golfmoor Facebook page and give him a shout-out and a virtual pack on the back and atta boy.

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