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Mariners host MLB's Pitch, Hit & Run competition

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SEATTLE --- The Mariners hosted Major League Baseball's Pitch, Hit & Run Team Championship Competition, sponsored by Scott's, at Safeco Field on Sunday after the Mariners pulled out a 5-1 win over the Rangers.

The youth skills competition featured 24 kids -- boys and girls, ages 7-14 -- who had won their local competition and were 'All-Around Champions" in their sectional competition. Each received a chance to advance to the National Finals, which are held during MLB 2014 All-Star Week festivities at Target Field in Minneapolis.

Competitors hailed from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and British Columbia. The winning scores from each division will be compared with the rest of the country. The three highest make it to Minneapolis.

Jordan Bischoff, 13, from Port Coquitlam, B.C, took first place in the 13-14 Year-Old Boys Age Division. All the contestants were honored on the field about a half hour before first pitch.

"It was amazing," Bischoff said. "It was a really good experience. I'd definitely want to do it again."

Pitch Hit & Run is MLB's grassroots program that aims to provide a baseball skills competition for America's youth.

Adam Lewis is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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