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Jul, 2017

Evansville, Indiana PONY player wins 14U MLB Jr. Home Run Derby National Finals age division

PONY Baseball and PONY's North Zone wish to send their congratulations to Evansville Rural PONY Baseball League Pony player Brandon Juarez for winning the 14U age division at the MLB Jr. Home Run Derby National Finals in Miami, Florida earlier this week during the MLB All-Star Game festivities. Advancing from the local Jr. Home Run Derby level all the way to the National Finals, Brandon beat out thousands of players nation-wide. In addition to receiving a trophy, Brandon was recognized alongside MLB Home Run Derby winner Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees.


Brandon (far right) holding the MLB Home Run Derby trophy next to Yankees OF Aaron Judge

Additionally, PONY Baseball and PONY's West Zone send their congratulations to two participants in the National Finals of the Jr. Home Run Derby and Pitch, Hit and Run. Indio PONY Youth Sports Association's Brayan Doran, a Pony age pitcher, catcher and corner infielder advanced to the Jr. Home Run Derby National Finals, while Braeden Baldwin, a Pinto age shortstop and first baseman of Orinda PONY Baseball Association, took third place in the seven-and-eight-year-old division of the Pitch, Hit and Run National Finals. 


Brayan Doran (left)


Braeden Baldwin (left) with Tony Reagins, MLB's Senior Vice President for Youth Programs (right)

 
Both competitions are part of the “PLAY BALL” initiative, the sport’s largest collective effort to encourage young people to participate in baseball- or softball-related activities, including formal leagues, special events and casual forms of play. PLAY BALL events have become MLB’s signature youth engagement activity during the professional and amateur baseball and softball calendar, particularly in connection with key dates from Spring Training, through the MLB Championship Season and into the Postseason and World Series.

PLAY BALL aims to highlight the fun and community-focused natures of the game at the Major League, professional, amateur and youth levels. In 2016, MLB Network launched 
Play Ball, a weekly player interview and demonstration show geared toward kids. Currently in its second season,Play Ball is available on multiple platforms, including MLB Network, MLB At Bat, MLB.com and Facebook. For more information, please visit PlayBall.org.

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