Metro Atlanta girl wins MLB competition

A metro Atlanta girl had an experience this summer she won’t soon forget.

Olivia Shaw, 10, was in Cincinnati last month during Major League Baseball’s All-Star week, but she wasn’t there to watch… she was there to compete!

Olivia came home as one of the winners in the “Pitch, Hit and Run” program.

The Buford girl started playing softball when she was 4-years-old and has been practicing most of her life.

“I started throwing things when I was two,” said Olivia.

John Shaw, her father, said she’s always been competitive and fast.

More than 600,000 youth baseball players across the country competed in the MLB competition. Olivia advanced all the way to the finals.

“It was really exciting and I didn’t know what was going to happen since I’ve never been there,” said Olivia. “I was disappointed when we couldn’t do the hitting.”

A tornado watch cancelled that part of the competition, so it was only pitching and running. Scores from a previous competition were used for the hitting.

An announcement during the MLB All-Star game confirmed Olivia came out on top for the girls group ages nine and ten.

Olivia credits help from her family and a P.E. teacher and even had advice for other young players.

What’s next for Olivia? Football season is just around the corner, so she’ll get ready for the “Punt, Pass and Kick” competition. 

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