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June 5, 2014

Fly Creek boy to play ball at Citi Field

Fly Creek resident Christopher Ubner will take his baseball talents to the next level.

The City of Oneonta Recreation Department announced Wednesday that Christopher has qualified for the New York Mets Team Championship in Major League Baseball's Pitch, Hit and Run competition after winning the boys 11-12 sectional title May 18 at Damaschke Field. The date of the Mets Team Championship, which features sectional winners from across the state, has not been announced.

Christopher reached the Damaschke Field sectional by winning the run portion of the local qualifier by .02 seconds over Derek Moore, who won the 11-12 hitting title to also qualify along with overall winner Cole Platt. Christopher earned his sectional spot with the fastest run, going from second base to home plate in 8.35 seconds.

All three advanced to sectionals as Derek won the hitting crown with a distance of 119 feet and Cole scored an age-group-best 300 points in the pitching event en route to the overall title with 712 points. Derek placed second overall at 701 points and Christopher took third at 669.

Christopher went on to win two of the three events during sectionals for 949 points, winning the overall crown by 40 points over Dylan Jacob. Christopher  improved in all three categories, winning the pitch with 300 points, earning 302 more points with a hit of 151 feet, and taking first in the run at 8.03 seconds. His 949 overall points ranked among the top three sectional champions in the state for a spot in the Mets Team Championship.

Age-group winners from the Mets Team Championship at Citi Field will advance to the National Championships, which will take place before the 2014 All-Star Game on July 15 at the Minnesota Twins' Target Field in Minneapolis, Minn.

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