A teenager from Hilton Head Island will take his baseball talents to the national stage this weekend in Washington, D.C.
Hilton Head High’s Matt Mebane is one of 16 young sluggers competing in Major League Baseball’s Junior Home Run Derby on Saturday, and he also is one of 24 finalists for the Scotts MLB Pitch, Hit & Run competition on Monday.
Mebane is one of eight finalists in the 14-and-under division of the Junior Home Run Derby and one of three finalists in the 13-14 baseball division of the Pitch, Hit & Run contest. He is the only player who is a finalist in both contests and is competing in the Junior Home Run Derby finals for the third consecutive year.
Finalists in the Junior Home Run Derby advanced from more than 1,500 local competitions throughout the country and will compete for the title at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Nationals Park. The event, which is part of the Play Ball initiative, will be streamed live on MLB.com, and the winners will be recognized at the T-Mobile Home Run Derby on Monday night.
More than 625,000 youth from the U.S. and Canada participated in more than 4,500 competitions in Pitch, Hit & Run, with 24 advancing to the finals at 12:30 p.m. Monday at Nationals Park.