Chesterton Tribune



Local softball player to compete at Cellular Field

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Madeline Hamady, age 14, Chesterton, Ind., is going to compete in MLB’s Pitch Hit and Run (PHR) Chicago White Sox Team Championship on Saturday, June 8.

It all started when her dad Mark noticed an announcement that State Park Little League had volunteered to host a local competition of PHR (Pitch, Hit, Run). He thought back to his youth and the memorable time he had competing in PHR.

With a busy summer ahead for the family with all three children in Club Baseball and Softball, along with other activities, Mark and his wife Dana thought it might be a nice diversion to enter the competition.

Madeline’s sister Emily is older than the highest age bracket, and her younger brother Dave was already playing in a tournament the Sunday of competition and would be out of state, but Madeline was available and thought it would be fun.

She competed at Dogwood Park in Chesterton, though she had to leave the competition early in order to attend a practice for her team, the NWI Attitude (NSA B Softball team), not knowing the final results.

The family was later contacted and learned that Madeline had advanced as an All-Around Champion.

Madeline then participated in the Sectional level of competition held at the Gary SouthShore RailCats Stadium. She competed well, again becoming the All-Around Champion. She was now eligible to qualify for the next level of competition.

Only the three highest scoring Champions from all of the sectional competitions in the Chicago White Sox geographic market are selected to compete at this level.

Madeline received a confirmation email recently notifying her that she has advanced.

Madeline will compete next on the morning of Saturday, June 8, at US Cellular Field. She is now in a group of three at this level trying to become Team Champion.

From a pool of all thirty (30) Team Championships, the three (3) All-Around Champions nationwide with the highest score in each age group will be invited to the National Finals to be held at the All-Star Game in New York, NY.

There is a White Sox game later that day and during the pre-game ceremony the four boy and four girl Champions will be recognized around 2:30 p.m.

Madeline and her family would like to thank all the volunteers who have helped make this possible: Glenn Peterson and the volunteers from State Park Little League; Ezra Alexander from the Gary Department of Public Parks as well as the staff and volunteers of the Gary South Shore Railcats.


Posted 5/31/2013