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Oct, 2021

Kaytie Jones reflects on her successful Pitch, Hit & Run showing

By John Davis

Community Relations Director

 

Kaytie Jones was all smiles when she got an opportunity to talk about her trip to Atlanta to compete in the 2021 Pitch, Hit & Run Team Championship. Softball has become a big part of her life, and after making a big impression at the Braves’ Truist Park August 28, her love for the sport has only grown.

Jones finished second overall in her 7/8 age group at the Southern championship event. One of the swings she connected on lifted a ball all the way to second base, which definitely made an impression.

Jones started her journey at mTrade Park in the local Pitch, Hit & Run competition in April, and she ended up having the best scores in the state of Mississippi, which propelled her to Atlanta. For those that aren’t familiar with the competition, participants need to show how accurately a competitor can throw strikes to a designated “strike zone" target from a distance of 35 feet for the softball division. Any hit of the target is deemed a strike. Participants also get six swings off a tee using an 11-inch softball, while all participants must run at least 120 feet. In Oxford, Jones finished with a 225 pitching score, 158 hitting and 219 run. Both Kaytie Jones and her father Adam Jones felt really good about the scores achieved coming out of the Oxford competition.

In Atlanta, Kaytie Jones said she really enjoyed getting on the same major league field where the professional players pitched, hit and ran. It really was a big thrill for her. The competition also made her want to try and do even better in the future. She said that she has a new appreciation for practicing four times a week with her father. Kaytie Jones currently plays pitcher and first base for travel team, the Hurricanes. Adam Jones remembered buying his daughter a plastic ball and bat when they were at a store when she was 5.

“It was just something that came natural to her,” Adam Jones said. “I remember her hitting the ball pretty far, and it just kept building from there.”

Heading into the competition, Adam Jones said he just wanted his daughter to have fun and enjoy the overall experience.

“She just loves softball. It’s amazing, she never has a problem wanting to practice and gets out there four times a week,” he said.

Kaytie Jones was recognized by the Oxford Park Commission board Wednesday for her accomplishment. She received two rounds of applause, once before posing for her picture with the board, and once after. Board member Jason Lowe told Jones “it’s an amazing accomplishment” to get the level she did, let alone to finish second in the competition that night.

When she isn’t at softball practice, Kaytie Jones really likes to dance. She is currently learning ballet, jazz and hip hop.

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