James Island youth earns shot at Major League All-Star Game
Experience paid off for 14-year-old Jackson White of James Island in the Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run competition at Turner Field in Atlanta. White won the 13-14 age group competition on Saturday.
Now, he has to wait until June 30 to find out if he will be one of three invitees to compete in next month’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Citi Field in New York. Two years ago, White won the 11-12 age group in Atlanta and had the seventh highest score nationally.
“It was really enjoyable,” said White, who was accompanied by his parents, Jim and Pam White, and older brother Zan. After the competition, White got to watch his favorite team, the Atlanta Braves, beat San Francisco. During the game, he was introduced on the field and had his picture displayed on the massive scoreboard.
“I did really well overall. My running let me down a little bit. My best was my hitting,” White said.
White’s total score was 1,318, compared to the 1,110 he scored in the regional. He made 4 of 6 pitches for 300 points, scored 450 with a seven-second time running from second base to home and had a whopping 568 points in the hitting competition. He hit the ball over 320 feet, but adjusting for distance off the center line was credited with 284 feet.
Pam White said the Major League Baseball representative told her White’s score was “great,” but he’ll have to wait to see if it was good enough for a trip to the All-Star Game.
White recently finished the eighth grade at Mason Prep and will be attending James Island Charter High School in the fall.