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Grundy Center's Sawyer to compete at Hit, Pitch, Run competition at All-Star Game

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Grundy Center's Brayden Sawyer is proof that practice makes perfect.

"I practiced with a tee at home," said Brayden, "and I practice every day pitching."

Brayden, now 10 years old, has spent much of his life wearing out the grass in his back yard, throwing strikes against a propane tank, with only a few prying eyes of nearby chickens keeping watch.

"I'll bet he throws 5, 6, 700 balls a day," said Brayden's mother, Kristy, "He's got his little strike zone painted on the propane tank. That's what's gotten him where he's at today."

All that practice has Brayden going places. Thanks to his ability to pitch, hit, and run, he's headed to Major League Baseball's All-Star Game.

"It's awesome, and it's a lifetime experience," said Brayden.

Brayden won pitch, hit, and run competitions in Ackley, Manson, and again at Minnesota's Target Field. That advanced him to the national competition being held as part of the all-star festivities in Minneapolis.

Two weeks ago,he found out his score was 3rd best in the country in his age group.

"We kind of blew up in the living room when they announced his name," said Brayden's father, Kevin, "We just saw it on the screen. He kind of covered his face up a bit. It hit him that he made it."

Monday afternoon, Brayden will compete against 23 other qualifiers from across the country, but he's even more excited about Monday night and being on the same field as some of the major's biggest stars where he'll shag balls during the home run contest.

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