PG 9-year-old Hits It Big
By DANIEL PARKER
Nov 30, 2017, 10:24
Andrew Griffith with grandparetns and his batting award.
A Prince George boy of few words with a big swing on the baseball diamond was presented with an award for being the best hitter in the Dixie Youth State AA-Coach Pitch Tournament held in Brookneal.
Andrew Griffith, a 9-year-old, received a letter in the mail from the Dixie League following his performance in the tournament. He was the best hitter out of 7 teams with an average of .819.
Keith Griffith, Andrew’s father, was surprised when they received the letter.
“It really surprised me. We didn’t know anything about the award,” said Keith Griffith. “Until, we got a letter from the Dixie Youth League.”
The Prince George Parks and Recreation Department honored Andrew presenting him with a framed bat during a ceremony held at the offices recently.
Andrew picked up baseball last year and joined the Prince George All-Stars 8 to 9 age group.
Keith Griffith added that he didn’t think his son realized the impact of the award “he just knows that he’s got to hit the ball and play baseball.”
Andrew picked started playing tee ball three years ago eventually moving up to the Dixie League. The pair practiced every other day working on his hits.
He also plays soccer and football, but baseball has become his favorite, said the Prince George Slugger.
It was a lot of effort getting him to the level he is at now, but eventually his son naturally picked up on how to play added the boy’s father.
The award winner says hitting is his favorite part of baseball. With the Dixie League over, Griffith is a fill in for a travel team in Tidewater.