An Upper St. Clair emerging fourth grader is headed to San Diego to compete in the Scotts Major League Baseball Pitch Hit & Run competition, which is held during the 2016 All Star Week. Rylee Kalocay, an 8-year-old who attends Streams Elementary, is one of only three National Finalists in the 7-8 year old girls softball division.
Rylee qualified as a finalist by placing first in the youngest division of competitors during Scotts Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run program at PNC Park on June 25, 2016.
Rylee’s parents are Michael and Wendy Kalocay. According to her mom, Rylee is an energetic and outgoing athlete who also enjoys playing basketball and golf, and spending time with her younger brother Ryan.
Thousands of girls from across the United States participated in the competition’s four age divisions: 7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-14. Competitors with the top three highest scores in each age group advance to the national finals in San Diego.
National Finalists receive an all-expense paid trip to the All-Star Game and have the opportunity to participate in an array of festivities in San Diego, including a Pitch Hit & Run Welcome Reception, MLB Brunch and All-Star FanFest. Finalists will compete on-field prior to shagging fly balls during the Home Run Derby and attending the All-Star Game on July 12.
Scotts MLB Pitch Hit & Run invites youth to demonstrate their skills, competing in pitching, hitting and running abilities in baseball or softball. All 30 MLB Clubs held team championships at their ballparks on weekends from May 28 through June 26. In 2016, more than 625,000 youth participated in 4,500 local competitions.