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Eight-year-old Haylee Allen said she’s looking more forward to seeing New York City than competing in Major League Baseball’s Pitch, Hit & Run competition at Citi Field.
It was through a local free competition at Campbellsville University provided by Audience 1 Sports that qualified Allen for sectional competition in the girls’ 7-8-year-old division at Bowling Green a few weeks later.
Allen left the sectional competition as the overall winner in her division and scored high enough to advance to the regional competition at the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati.
Allen battled girls from surrounding states and finished as the overall winner in her class.
On June 30 on the MLB Network, she was announced as one of the top three scorers from the United States in her division, earning her a trip to NYC for the Major League All-Star Game where the 48 total competitors will also shag balls during the HR Derby on Monday.
“I wear No. 21 at Trace Creek (Park for the Lady Legends) and No. 7 on my travel team (Audience 1 Sports),” Allen acknowledged.
“No. 21 is a family number that my brother (Blake) has always worn. “I wear number 7 on travel ball because I wanted to get my own number.”
Allen will enter third grade at Campbellsville Elementary School next month where her favorite subject is math.
“I like softball, but I really want to play soccer, too,” Allen admitted recently by phone.
Two others from the Audience 1 competition, Travis Wiser and Autumn Henderson also advanced to Cincinnati.
Wiser won his overall competition, but fell short of the top three (top 30 overall) from each of the organizations, while Henderson finished second overall in the Cincinnati division (top 60 overall).
The competition will take place on Monday at 3 p.m. prior to Gatorade All-Star Workout Day, on Citi Field. More than 600,000 youth participated in over 4,000 competitions that took place across North America.