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Luke Farley has been places few people will ever see in person - and he isn't even in high school yet. The Denver, 8th grader has participated in the national pitch, hit and run competition the last three years and it has paid dividends.

In 2009 Farley was national champion in the 11/12 age group and had the privilege of competing at the All Star game in St. Louis.

"Got to meet big leaguers and shag balls at the home run derby, meet some hall of famers, sign ball for us," said Farley.

Autographs from the likes of Juan Marichal and Ozzie Smith and meet the likes of modern day stars like Josh Hamilton

Now in 2011 Farley won the local competition in Denver, finished 1st at the sectionals in Davenport which sent him to U.S. Cellular field in Chicago

"When we got done in Davenport the lady said I think were going to go to White Sox if he scores high enough," said Farley. "I said we've never been there but like I told Luke on the ride home different time different place let's go"

In Chicago Farley placed first and was presented the trophy by White Sox pitcher Matt Thornton but it didn't come without a little pressure.

"Even in Davenport that day it came down to the hit and you get 3 tries at the hit and every time it was the third hit that he put the bomb out there so he waited till the end before he finished it"

Earning his family a trip to the All-Star game festivities next week in Phoenix, Arizona. But Farley has his sights set on another championship.

"I got a pretty good chance I know what it's like so I have a little bit of an edge that way."

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