Baseball ace to represent Diamondbacks at All-Star games

Ryan Madsen (Submitted photo)

Ryan Madsen (Submitted photo)

Ryan Madsen, 8, of Scottsdale is set to compete at the Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run presented by Scotts National Finals during the MLB All-Star festivities in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Madsen, who will be representing the Arizona Diamondbacks, is one of 24 national finalists who will take part in an array of MLB All-Star festivities, including shagging fly balls in the outfield during the Gillette Home Run Derby on Monday, July 13, stated a press release. The competition is to take place at the Great American Ball Park.

Over 600,000 boys and girls, ages 7-14, competed this spring in the official skills program of major league baseball for an opportunity to advance to the national finals in Ohio, according to the release.

PHR participants advance through four levels of competition, beginning at the local level, which is hosted by organizations, leagues, or volunteers within a community, and continuing through sectional and team competitions, according to the release. All 30 MLB clubs hosted team championships at their ballparks on weekends from May 30 to June 28, stated the release.

The top three competitors nationwide from each age group–7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-14–advanced to the 2015 Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run program, stated the release.

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