Wallace teenager heads to MLB youth competition
Updated: 07/07/2012 01:39 PM
By: Jason Lucas
WALLACE, N.C. — Receiving an all-expenses paid trip to Major League Baseball's All Star game festivities is a once of a lifetime opportunity a lot of people dream about.
This weekend a trip to Kansas City, MO for MLB's Midsummer Classic will be a reality for Wallace native Amber Dixon, who will make the trip as a finalist in MLB's Pitch, Run and Hit competition.
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"It hit me today because I had to star packing clothes and everything," I'm like 'Whoa, in a few days I'll get to see all the major league-rs'," said Dixon.
The Pitch, Run and Hit competition is Major League Baseball's official youth skills competition. The event is open to kids ages 7-14 and the girls compete in a softball division that is separate from the boys' baseball division. The 13-year-old Dixon survived two local rounds of competition and a regional competition at Atlanta's Turner Field for the chance to compete in Kansas City.
"I would have never imagined I would be doing this a couple of years ago, I'm excited and I'm ready for it." said Dixon.
Last month, Dixon and her family found out she was a finalist for the competition during an announcement on the MLB network.
"Her name popped up on screen and everybody kind of let out a yell," said Amber's father and softball coach Jason Dixon.
Dixon started playing softball seven years and her father Jason has been her coach since that time. Therefore he will be cheering her on from the stands in Kansas City's Kaufman Stadium on Monday.
"To share this experience is really big because we would have never thought that working this hard for this would have gotten us here," said Dixon.
In addition to Monday afternoon's competition, Dixon will retrieve baseballs during MLB's Home Run Derby Monday night and she will attend Tuesday night's All Star game.