Russell County 8 yr old qualifies for MLB Pitch, Hit & Run Competition


For a lot of kids, playing sports is the highlight of their day.

And for eight year old Mariah Harrison, that’s no different. But one thing that is different, is her skill level.

This Russell County native was just selected to compete in the national MLB Pitch, Hit and Run competition during the All-Star game in San Diego, CA on July 12th.

“I’m most excited about watching the all star game and a brunch with the All-Star’s too,” says Mariah.

And this little baller has heart. More than 625,000 kids participated in the national competition, and she’s the only player from Alabama or Georgia to advance.

Her mother, Elizabeth, Harrison-Amos says she’s extremely proud of her.

“Most kids don’t have this level of discipline that it takes to make it this far.  I just love that when she sets a goal, she does everything in her power to make sure she achieves it,” says Amos.

Talk about versatile, this kid has it all. Her coach, Brian Glaspoole says she’s the quickest girl he’s seen in a long time.

“It’s crazy how fast she is. She was my lead off hitter every time I had her on the team because she could get on base….. We could get her on the base to score runs,” says Glaspoole.

And it’s a family affair for the Harrisons.. They’re out there every day cheering on their daughters, encouraging them to do the best they can.

Mariah is one of 3 girls that will compete on the field during MLB All-Star week in her division. Something her coach says is well deserved…

“She’s definitely proven to be one of the best ball players out here. she just never says no. Always trying to beat the boys,” he says.

And this 8 year old is wise beyond her years. she has one quick message for girls in sports….

“All the girls out there, you can be just as good as boys,” she says.

Well said Mariah, well said.

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