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James Island teenager heads to New York for MLB's Pitch, Hit & Run competition

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Jackson White has been playing baseball since he was tiny, following in the footsteps of his older brother. And every year since age 7, he has competed in MLB's Pitch, Hit and Run competition. Now at age 14, he is headed to New York City as a finalist in the competition that takes place during All-Star Week.

"It's really exciting because all of my favorite players are going to be there," says Jackson. When asked his favorite, he responds quickly. "David Ortiz. Definitely."

Jackson won his way to NYC at the sectional in Charleston and the regional in Atlanta on Turner Field. While he has made it to the regional before, he has never made it to the nationals and considers it quite an honor. "It hasn't hit me yet that I am going."

Scores from across the country are tabulated and compared. The top three finalists in each age group from the regionals are invited to continue on. The competition will take place this Monday afternoon before the Homerun Derby, the winner to be announced during the Derby. All of the finalists will get the chance to be in the outfield during the Derby to snag any fly balls that don't clear the field.

While Jackson obviously is going to compete and wants to win, his dad Jim White says Jackson has already won. "The real prize is just getting to go there and compete at this level. The competition, I mean, he is a competitor, and he will go out there to compete, but just going through the process in New York with the All-Star Homerun Derby, that's the real prize."

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