Gateway H.S. Student To Take On Nation’s Best In MLB Jr. Home Run Derby

Gateway H.S. Student To Take On Nation’s Best In MLB Jr. Home Run Derby


Go to GetFios.com. NEW AT 5:00 A LOCAL TEEN ATHLETE HAS MADE IT TO THE NATIONAL STAGE OF SPORTING EVENTS. RICK DAYTON HAS MORE IN HIS ONE IN 1 MILLION OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE PITTSBURGH PROUD. Reporter: TEDDY ROOSEVELT WOULD’VE LOVED A 14-YEAR-OLD JOE SCHULTE HE, THE YOUNG MAN FROM MONROEVILLE WHO SPEAKS SOFTLY AND CARRIES A BIG STEP. THE MOST HUMBLE, DOWN TO EARTH CHILD. HE JUST IS. HE’S AN EXCELLENT ATHLETE BUT HE DOESN’T GLOAT. HE’S NOT SHOWBOAT HE — SHOWBOATING. Reporter: 2014-YEAR-OLD SWINGS A BASEBALL BAT, THINGS ARE RARELY QUIET. I DIDN’T START HITTING HOME RUNS UNTIL LAST YEAR. Reporter: WHAT CHANGED. I STARTED WORKING OUT A LITTLE BIT AND TRYING TO GO FOR BIGGER HEADS AND I GUESS IT PAID OFF. Reporter: JOE HASN’T FIGURED OUT ENOUGH — HAS IT QUALIFIED ENOUGH TO MAKE IT TO THE JUNIOR HOMERUN DERBY AT THE MAJOR LEAGUE ALL-STAR GAME IN MIAMI NEXT WEEK. THIS IS A HITTING COACH FOR THE PIRATES AND HE WILL WORK WITH YOU WHEN YOUR SWING AND CHECK OUT WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND SEE WHAT IS GOING ON. IF YOU’RE INTO HOME RUN DERBY, I DON’T THINK THERE’S MUCH TO DO. Reporter: BEFORE THE PIRATES OF THE ROAD THIS WEEK — — THERE YOU GO — Reporter: HITTING COACH RANSOM WORKED WITH JOE AT PNC PARK. TO WE TRY TO LIFT THE BALL IN THE AIR — WE TRY TO HIT THE BALL IN THE AIR AND THEN THE HOME RUNS AND UP BEING LINE DRIVES THAT CARRION BACKSPIN OVER THE FENCE. Reporter: AS COACH AND STUDENT WORK TOGETHER, EACH SWING IMPROVED. THERE YOU GO JOE. YEAH! HOW ABOUT ONE MORE. THINK ABOUT HITTING THE BOTTOM HALF OF THE BALL. YEAH! Reporter: BEFORE THEY WRAPPED UP, COACH BRANSON WANTED TO KNOW WHAT JOE WAS GOING TO FOCUS ON WHEN HE STEPS IN THE BATTERS BOX. I WILL GET MY LEGS IN MY SWING. BUT THE BIGGEST THING IS WHAT? FINISHING. MAKE SURE I FINISH. Reporter: THE SURPRISE WASN’T ON. NEXT IT WAS DOWN THE STEPS THE PIRATES TAKE, DOWN TO THE DUGOUT WHERE THE TEAM WAS WORKING OUT. [ INDISCERNIBLE – LOW VOLUME ] Reporter: HE HAD A FRONT ROW SEAT TO WATCH THE BIG LEAGUERS WORK BEFORE HIS BIG WEEK. I HAVE NEVER BEEN ON AN AIRPLANE BEFORE. Reporter: YOU ARE GETTING READY TO FLY TO MIAMI ON AN AIRPLANE AND GETTING READY TO GO BACK — DOWN TO WHERE THE MARLINS PLAY AND THE HOME RUN DERBY AT THE ALL-STARS GAME. YES. Reporter: HAS IT OCCURRED TO YOU WHAT’S HAPPENING? A LOT OF BIG CHANGES. Reporter: THEY ARE SENDING THAT’S IN BATTING GLOVES, THE SAME KIND USED BY THE BIG LEAGUERS. THAT WAS PHENOMENAL. I THINK YOU GUYS AND I THINK ALL OF THEM. THAT WAS AWESOME. I THINK IT WAS SHELLSHOCKED WHEN HE SAW THE COACH GIVE HIM SOME PRACTICE. Reporter: JOE KNOWS HE WILL BE ANXIOUS ON MONDAY BUT HE HAS HIS BAGS PACKED AND CAN’T WAIT TO SEE EACH PITCH AND TRY TO MAKE A GOOD SWING. IT MAKES ME A LITTLE BIT NERVOUS BUT I KNOW I’M GOING TO DO MY BEST.

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