By Kevin Deutsch
Jaclyn Milian, the third-grader from Heron Heights Elementary School who made it to the National Final of the Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run competition, is now the MLB record holder.
The nine-year-old Parkland athlete broke the record for the longest hitting in his age group in the Nov. 1 contest.
The previous hitting distance record for the competition’s seven and eight softball division was 126 feet.
Milian hit a ball 139 feet.
The pitch and run final took place during the Major League Baseball World Series at Truist Park, home of the Atlanta Braves, who won the series against the Houston Astros to become world champions.
To earn a spot in Atlanta, Milian beat dozens of competitors in his age category in four rounds of local competition, as well as the high profile regional competition at LoanDepot Park, home of the Miami Marlins.
Her score in the Miami competition helped her to place in the top three female softball competitors in the United States and Canada for her age group.
In Atlanta, Milan competed for the top prize against Taylor Holmes of Allendale, New Jersey, and Tatum Frisby of Muskogee, Oklahoma. She finished second behind Frisby.
A number of Major League Baseball personalities have entered the MLB Pitch, Hit & Run contest as youngsters, including San Diego Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer, Philadelphia Phillies left fielder Andrew McCutchen and first goal Rhys Hoskins, and the first pick in the 2020 baseball draft, Spencer Torkelson of the Detroit Tigers.
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Kevin Deutsch is an award-winning criminal journalist and author. A graduate of Florida International University, Kevin has served on staff for the Miami Herald, the New York Daily News, and the Palm Beach Post.