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Fuquay-Varina's Pereira headed to All-Star Game competition

Posted July 11, 2014
Updated July 12, 2014

— Before next week's All-Star Game, Minnesota will host the Pitch, Hit, and Run competition, for future stars. For the second straight year, Fuquay-Varina will send one of those Boys of Summer.

"It's a three part contest. They do pitching, you get six pitches from 45 feet away, you have to hit a MLB target with is 17 inches by 30 inches. Then they ran, at the major league park it was halfway between second and third all the way home, and then they get three swings off a tee," explained Jake Pereira's father Chris.

Eight-year-old Jake Pereira's got all those bases covered.

"He pitches good, he runs fast, but hitting his definitely his strength," said Jake's mother Jamie.

After swinging, slinging, and sprinting through local qualifiers, he crushed the competition in his age bracket at Atlanta's Turner field.

But top three in the nation to score a trip to the Twin Cities for the national finals? He and his family played the waiting game for that one.

"We were at a baseball tournament earlier that day, rushed to get home, got a speeding ticket on the way home just to get that announcement," said Jamie. "We got there literally with about 15 minutes to spare."

"Crazy, loud, screaming, crying, yelling, jumping, I mean, it was amazing," said Jamie.

"I was excited, really excited," said Jake.

The anarchy will only be amplified during this all-expenses paid All-Star excursion.

Breakfast with the Big Leaguers, shagging flies during the Homerun Derby.

"Meeting Buster Posey," said Jake on who he was looking forward to meeting most.

"The look on his face is going to be rewarding enough," said Chris.

As for advice, the Pereiras look no further than their hometown, and little Banks Hartman, who made the trip in 2013.

"Banks is a great kid, he actually played on Jake's older brother's team. We heard all about his experience last year, and talked about it, maybe next year, we can do that. So, for Jake to make it this year, it's crazy," said Jamie.

What are the odds? In a competition of more than a half-a-million, a town of under 20-thousand, represented in back-to-back years.

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  • Toddler10-21 Jul 12, 2014

    Kid will remember this for the rest of his life. B my dad and I talk all the time about the lack of black kids interested in baseball. When I was growing up we played all sports. My senior year we had four and we all started. I think its the AAU basketball. All black kids love basketball, but you may be better at other sports. My Dad blames it on video games and maybe they are scared of it. We did ask one kid he said it was too hot outside. SMH!

  • Doc Holliday Jul 12, 2014

    Good luck to Jake. If all Big Leaguers acted like Posey, all would be well in the world of MLB. Good player to have as favorite...none of the showboating stuff, good 'tude.

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