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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Pitching, hitting and running are staples of baseball. They're also the basis for a nationwide competition among baseball minded kids.

Kids from all over the country started off in a Pitch, Hit and Run competition with their local parks and recs departments. Their goal was to eventually qualify for the nationals which was held at Kauffman Stadium on Monday night.

The top three kids in each age group were chosen to take part in the competition out of hundreds of thousands of kids who tried out. One competitor is from Council Grove, Kan.

Jordan Carlson is only 12-years-old but this is her fourth time playing at Kauffman Stadium.

"I get to compete against all these awesome girls and know that I'm in the top 3 in the world," she said.

Carlson is one of three girls in the country between 11 and 12-years-old who made it to the national competition. She's been playing since she was 3-years-old.

"She just keeps working to get better and better to improve and get to her ultimate goal of being on the us women's Olympic team," said Jordan's dad, Justin Carlson.

Jordan's dad introduced her to the Pitch, Hit and Run competition knowing it was just up her alley. He was ecstatic that she made it to the nationals.

"I've been a nervous wreck.  Just shaking the whole time I've been here," said Justin Carlson.

Jordan is a contender for the national title. One of her role models was once Eric Hosmer.

"He competed in this too, and he made it to the big leagues, so I'm hoping I do the same thing," she said.

She hopes to hit that dream out of the park as well with skills that exceed her age! Jordan also took part in the home run derby as one of the kids on the field catching balls. She's also been able to meet many MLB players during her time at the All-Star festivities.

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