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June 26, 2014

Ubner second in Citi Field competition

There’s nothing wrong with second place, especially when hundreds of thousands of people are trying to finish first.

Fly Creek resident Christopher Ubner earned a runner-up finish in his age-group on June 14 during Major League Baseball’s Pitch, Hit & Run Mets Team Championship at Citi Field.

MLB did not release official scores of the competition, which awarded points for pitching strikes, hitting for distance and accuracy, and running from second base to home plate.

Ubner, who just completed the fifth grade at CCS, finished behind Thomas Abel of Derby, Conn., but beat Marlowe Ionio of Maplewood, N.J., in the boys 11-12 age-group.

Thomas and seven other age-group winners — including Cobleskill’s Devin Lewis (boys 13-14) — will compete in the MLB Pitch, Hit & Run National Championships before the 2014 All-Star Game on July 15 at the Minnesota Twins’ Target Field.

“It was such an amazing experience,” Ubner’s mother, Teresa, said via email earlier this week. “We are so thankful to have made it this far. Our Pitch, Hit & Run coordinator told us there are over 600,000 kids nationwide who participate in this competition.”

Ubner reached the Mets Team Championship by winning the overall boys 11-12 title during the May 18 sectional qualifier at Damaschke Field in Oneonta and ranking among the top three sectional champions from across the state.

He advanced to sectional competition after taking first in the run portion of the Oneonta City Recreation Department’s local qualifier April 25 at Swart-Wilcox Field.

The local qualifier also produced overall champions in Devin and fellow Cobleskill resident Aubrey Roberts (girls 9-10). Christopher, Devin and Aubrey all went on to secure sectional titles for berths in the Mets Team Championship.

On Saturday, Devin topped a three-boy field that also featured Ryan Miles of Greenwich, Conn., and Will Nomura of Maplewood, N.J. Aubrey took second in her age-group, trailing Devon Gogerty of Brookside, N.J., but topping Julia Lee of Redding, Conn.

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