Roste wins state PHR titleIf her score is in the top three, she will advance to the national level
Alexandria native Jana Roste went to Target Field for the ballpark’s first-ever Pitch, Hit and Run competition and came back a state champion this past weekend.
Roste won the girls’ 13-14-year-old softball division. She threw four of six balls in the MLB strike zone. She then hit for a distance of 136 feet and ran 160 feet in 7.71 seconds to capture the title.
Roste is now eligible for the opportunity to compete at a national level later this month. The scores from all 30 state champions representing a major league team will be compared, with the final results being announced on June 28. The top three scorers from each age division win an all-expenses paid trip to the MLB All-Star Game in Anaheim on July 13. A national finals competition will be played prior to the all-star game to crown a national champion.
“I’m kind of excited,” Roste told MLB.com after the competition at Target Field this past Saturday. “My aunt lives in California, so I really want to be top three in the nation so I can go there and see her.”
The Pitch, Hit and Run program provide boys and girls, ages 7-14, the opportunity to showcase their pitching, hitting and running abilities. More than 600,000 kids competed in the program nationwide this year.