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Zachary Patterson, 12, throws to a coach at the Azalea Little League field in St. Petersburg, Fla. Patterson won first place in the region in the Briggs and Stratton Diamond in the Rough contest for his essay detailing how playing baseball gave him the confidence to overcome taunting at school. Online voting will determine the national winner. Patterson won $5,000 for his league. The grand prize is an additional $5,000 and a trip for four to see the Yankees play in New York.