A local Hill AFB youth recently qualified to represent Utah at the Western division of the MLB Pitch, Hit, and Run competition. Michaela Vollmer, 8, daughter of Tech. Sgt. Jason Vollmer, 388th Component Maintenance Squadron, scored 239 points at the Odgen sectional competition held at Lindquist Field in Ogden May 19. Michaela will travel to Coors Field in Denver June 9 for the next level of competition.
"I'm very excited, but a little nervous too," said Michaela of the competition. "My favorite is pitching because it's the most complicated. But I like the other things, too."
Garry Navas, Youth Center Youth Sports and Fitness Director, put together a local Hill AFB Pitch, Hit and Run competition that was held April 28. The winners of the local competition were then able to compete at the sectional competition held at Lindquist Field in Ogden on May 19.
"We had six kids who went to sectionals, but it was only the top scorers for each age group," explained Navas. "Some participants had won in more than one category which contributed to the small number from Hill who competed at the Ogden Raptors Lindquist Field."
Michaela is a regular participant in the Hill AFB Youth Sports program. She played basketball during the winter and just finished up her first baseball season. Her parents, Jason and Jennifer Vollmer, also participated in the Youth Center baseball league as coaches for both Michaela's team and her older brothers' team.
Navas said participation in the youth sports leagues increases young athletesSSRq sportsmanship, and on how to interact with other kids their age. "It is a joy to watch families participate in youth sports and coaching," he said.
Michaela's two older brothers, Trenten, 12, and Christian, 9, are also very active in the Youth Sports program here at Hill. "We love that the base has such wonderful sports programs for the kids," said Jennifer Vollmer, Michaela's mother. "Sports can be a fantastic building block to help mold children into young adults. It teaches perseverance, the importance of hard work, and also that losing is a part of life."
Michaela's parents and brothers will accompany her to the competition in Denver. Winners who succeed at that level of competition in Denver will go on to compete at the Major League All-Star Game in Kansas City, Mo.