It's not very often that kids get to hit the field at The Trop down in Tampa, home of the Tampa Bay Rays, but one Southport baseball player did exactly that.
Kelsea Corbin won the 13-14 girls age group of the hit pitch and run competition. The 24 competitors had to pitch six baseballs at a 17-by-30-inch target 45 feet away, girls used softballs and pitched from 35 feet. Run 160 feet around the bases -- from just past second, around third and to the plate -- and hit balls off a tee, which were judged for distance and accuracy.
Kelsea won the district level, then the regional level and finally this past Sunday, she won the competition held by the Tampa Bay Rays. All 30 major league teams hold the same competition. Then in a couple of weeks the MLB will take the three highest scores from each age group from all 30 competitions and invite those top three to the 2014 All-Star game in Minnesota.
Kelsea said the competition was pretty good, but she was determined to do better.
She said, "I thought that a couple of the girls were pretty good but I thought I was good also I had determination and it went all the way to a major-league baseball park, I was pretty excited when I got to run around a major-league baseball park on the bases it was pretty cool
Kelsea not the only winner coming out of the Southport baseball complex. The Southport All-Stars recently won the U-10 Bay County Championships.