WINSLOW, Ariz. - Phoenix will be hosting the Major League All Star Game and related events next week. Among those athletes honored to be present will be a young girl from Winslow.
Richelyn Villanueva was ready to compete in the Major League Baseball (MLB) Pitch, Hit and Run National Finals on July 11 at Chase Field before the MLB Home Run Derby. She is 14-years-old and the daughter of Richard and Toni Villanueva of Winslow.
To win the honor of competing in the national finals, Villanueva won local competition in Winslow and advanced to the regional level of competition at Flagstaff where she was again the best of her age group. She competed for an Arizona State Championship at Talking Stick Stadium and again won the event in her age group.
Major League Baseball announced on June 27 that Villanueva was one of the top three winners out of 30 other first place winners from other states and areas. Three boys and three girls will compete for National Championships in their age groups for a total of 12 boys and 12 girls competing at the Chase Field All Star event.
Villanueva will be competing in the 13-14 year old girls' event representing the Arizona Diamondbacks. Her competition will be Bayly Poor of Union, Oregon representing the Seattle Mariners and Makenna Grewe or San Diego, California representing the San Diego Padres.
Other Arizona competitors include Lita Vorseth of Mesa representing the Diamondbacks in the 7-8-year-old girls' competition and Ryan Novis of Tempe representing the Diamondbacks in the 13-14-year-old boys' competition.
Villanueva is the granddaughter of Lucille and the late Ted Wilcox of Winslow. Ted Wilcox was a noted athlete at Winslow High School and later coached at that institution. She is also the sister of the late Amanda Wilcox, a talented softball player in high school and a member of the 2003 Winslow Little League Senior All Star Team that won the Arizona State Championship.