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Indians host Pitch, Hit & Run regional qualifiers

@MandyBell02
June 8, 2019

CLEVELAND -- In one month, baseball’s biggest stars will take the field in downtown Cleveland, representing their respective teams in the 2019 Midsummer Classic. And eight children from Northeastern Ohio and Eastern Indiana will try to follow in their footsteps. On Saturday, Progressive Field hosted the top 12 baseball and

CLEVELAND -- In one month, baseball’s biggest stars will take the field in downtown Cleveland, representing their respective teams in the 2019 Midsummer Classic. And eight children from Northeastern Ohio and Eastern Indiana will try to follow in their footsteps.

On Saturday, Progressive Field hosted the top 12 baseball and top 12 softball qualifiers from both regions, as they competed in Major League Baseball’s Pitch, Hit & Run event in hopes of advancing to the National Finals during the MLB All-Star Week at their hometown ballpark.

The winners:

The 7- and 8-year-old Softball Division: Kendall Hohlbein from Fort Jennings, Ohio
The 7- and 8-year-old Baseball Division: Hayden Dambra, New Haven, Ind.
The 9- and 10-year-old Softball Division: Elly Evarts, Gibsonburg, Ohio
The 9- and 10-year-old Baseball Division: Jordan Sheppard, Fort Wayne, Ind.
The 11- and 12-year-old Softball Division: Abby Gillespie, Fort Wayne, Ind.
The 11- and 12-year-old Baseball Division: Jake Dusek, Parma, Ohio
The 13- and 14-year-old Softball Division: Marissa Hickey, North Royalton, Ohio
The 13- and 14-year-old Baseball Division: Paul Iorillo, Parma, Ohio

Mandy Bell covers the Indians for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter at @MandyBell02.