MSSU hosts inaugural “Pitch Palooza”

JOPLIN, Mo. — Several local entrepreneurs got the chance to get the word out on what they’ve come up with — all while competing for some prizes.

The inaugural “Pitch Palooza” was held on the campus of Missouri Southern State University — in conjunction with the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce — and was put on by the Missouri Small Business Development Center.

This free pitch competition was open to all experience levels, and featured creations from high school students and adults.

Larry Fiscus developed a product designed to help little leaguers figure out where to put their feet in the batter’s box.

“It’s called ‘Tee Feet’ and basically, they stand on these two feet, and they have good alignment, good position, and it builds muscle memory, and they just have to worry about hitting the ball, you can use it on the right side or the left side. You just flip it around and you just line it up with home plate and always remember to hit off your front foot,” Larry Fiscus, Inventor of “Tee Feet.”

“We have three track categories you could participate in. We have our collegiate track, we have our pre venture track, and we have our scalability track,” said Small Business Development Consultant, Kelsey Little.

Participants were judged by a group of area business professionals. Prizes included a couple of $1,000 scholarships to MSSU.

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