Kaiea Higa of Maple Valley is representing the Mariners today at the Pitch, Hit & Run National Finals competition at Petco Park in San Diego. Higa was the top finisher in her age category (11/12 Softball) at the Pitch, Hit & Run Team Championships at Safeco Field on June 12, and her scores placed her among the top three in the nation. She’ll match up against competitors from Roseville, California (representing the San Francisco Giants) and Jupiter, Florida (representing the Miami Marlins) in the baseball skills competition. Win, lose or draw, when Higa returns from San Diego, she’ll get to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Mariners meet the Houston Astros at Safeco Field on July 17.
Higa was also chosen by MLB as one of two National Finalists to write a blog post about her experience.
Congratulations and good luck, Kaiea. The Mariners are rooting for you.
The 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be played tonight at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. Live coverage of the game starts at 4 pm PT and will be televised on FOX (channel 13/113 in Seattle market). Fans can also listen to the game in the Seattle area on ESPN 710 Seattle (ESPN Radio/check local listings).
The Mariners are represented by starting designated hitter Nelson Cruz (batting 4th) and RHP Felix Hernandez (scheduled to pitch in relief). This is Felix’s 6th All-Star selection and Cruz’s 4th (second straight year starting at DH).
Check out some of the All-Star gear that just arrived, including the batting practice jerseys Felix Hernandez, Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager will wear for the All-Star game.
The 2014 All Star Game will be played Tuesday, July 15, in Minnesota. The game will air on FOX (KCPQ-13 in Seattle) starting at 5 pm PT. The Home Run Derby will air on ESPN starting at 5 pm PT Monday from Target Field.