Irmo siblings win baseball competition

On May 17 Irmo Little League participated in Major League Baseball’s (MLB) Pitch Hit and Run Competition for local youth baseball players around the United States and internationally. This week, winners were announced and certificates presented.

The Brother and Sister duo of Luke Sevilla and Grace Sevilla, earned top scores in the competition and were crowned 2024 Local Champions for Baseball and Softball.

California Transplants, Luke (age 13) and Gracie (age 11), both deal with Type 1 Diabetes and face a disadvantage as youth athletes, as a result. However, when well managed on a daily basis, both Luke and Gracie have been able to excel in life and in athletics and have adapted well to life in South Carolina,

Gracie is a California and South Carolina State Wrestling Championships Runner Up, and also recently placed 3rd in South Carolina. She also participates in basketball, softball, and football at the quarterback position. Gracie also enjoys animals, arts and crafts, helping others, as well as Bible Study and writing and singing Christian Worship Songs.

Luke, also a California State Wrestling Championships Wrestling Runner Up, has since won 2 South Carolina State Wrestling Championships in 2024 (USA Wrestling and SCYWA). He was undefeated in the 126 lb. weight class in the South Carolina High School League this past season  in route to winning Area 5 and Capital Section Titles as a 7th Grader for Irmo Middle School. Luke, also a part of the Irmo High School B Team in Baseball and C Team in Football, is also the 2024 South Carolina Silver Gloves Novice Bantam Youth Boxing Champion at 125 lbs.

Major League Baseball Pitch Hit & Run is a free event that provides boys and girls — ages 7 to 14 — an opportunity to showcase their baseball and softball skills, while earning a chance to attend and perform during the MLB World Series.

Athletes are tested, and their measurements are recorded. Based on their scores, they advance from a local event to a Team Championship held in MLB stadiums. Top scores then qualify for an all-expenses-paid trip for two to compete at Finals, which is hosted at the World Series.”