Citizen Staff Reports 06/30/11
A Henrico County boy will be back in the national spotlight for the second year in a row next month at the Major League Baseball All-Star game.
Ten-year-old Nick Biddison of Glen Allen is once again a national finalist in the Aquafina Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run Competition. For the second year in a row, Biddison is one of three boys who will compete for the national title in the 9-10 year-old age division.
The competition will be held in Phoenix, prior to the MLB Home Run Derby July 11. Biddison and the other competitors (three boys and three girls in each of four age brackets) also will shag fly balls during the Home Run Derby, which will be televised nationally.
More than 600,000 youngsters competed for the right to advance to the finals. Last year, Biddison finished third in his age bracket prior to the All-Star game in Anaheim, Calif.
Biddison's journey this year began at a MLB Pitch, Hit and Run local level competition held in April at RF&P Park in Glen Allen. The local winners qualified to compete in a sectional competition in Hopewell in May. Nine different sectional competitions held throughout Virginia, Delaware and Washington, D.C. fed into the next level of competition, which featured the top three overall winners from among those sectionals in each age bracket. That competition was held at Nationals Park, home of the Washington Nationals.
In Phoenix, Biddison will compete against boys from Laverne, Calif., and Beaumont, Tex.
Biddison has been playing baseball with the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association for the past five years and is on the league's all-star ream, which recently won the Babe Ruth Division 3 Tournament. The team will compete in the state tournament in Lexington next month for a chance to earn a berth in the Babe Ruth World Series in Winchester in August.
Biddison also has played travel baseball for the Glen Allen Slammers, and recently spent a week playing with the Tidewater Drillers in the American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame Tournament in Cooperstown, N.Y.
To read an article about Biddison's journey last year, click here: http://www.henricocitizen.com/index.php/sports/article/a_big_league_experience_for_9_year_old
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