Fuquay-Varina's Pereira headed to All-Star Game competition
Posted July 11, 2014
Updated July 12, 2014
Fuquay-Varina, N.C. — 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.