Story by Jeff Gard/Total Sports Quinte
Belleville baseball player Braydon Tweedy conquered Rogers Centre and was in contention to compete at the World Series.
That’s in the Pitch, Hit and Run competition, a special event for minor baseball players to showcase their skills.
Tweedy, who is 13, won a local Pitch, Hit and Run competition May 23 in Trenton to advance to a Toronto Blue Jays hosted event Aug. 9. His power was on full display at Rogers Centre.
“The Rogers Centre Pitch, Hit and Run experience was really cool to be on the same field as the big league players as well as almost hitting the centerfield fence,” Tweedy said, adding it was also memorable “being able to stand in the big leagues batting box and it was very cool watching two Toronto blue jays players on the field warming up.”
Tweedy is a member of the Quinte Royals 13U baseball team and has been part of back-to-back Eastern Ontario Baseball Association league championship winning teams.
“I am very passionate about baseball,” he said. “I love time with friends, batting, pitching, playing first base and, of course, winning. I started playing baseball when I was five and instantly fell in love with the game.”
As of mid-August, Tweedy was sitting in third place for the national Pitch, Hit and Run competitions with 1,630 points. He collected 200 for pitching, 900 for hitting and 530 for running.
If he had remained in the top three on the leaderboard, Tweedy would’ve competed in the national final before Game 2 of the World Series this fall.
To see the leaderboard, check out: mlb.com/pitch-hit-and-run