KC developer's Race to the Pennant app hits Opening Day home run

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Posted: Monday, April 1, 2013 12:00 am

Race to the Pennant promises to help baseball fans track the progress of their favorite team this season.

As of this morning, Kansas City developer Tyler Hillsman's baseball tracking app, Race to the Pennant, had been downloaded 10 times. But with the excitement of Major League Baseball Opening Day, and a shout out from notable tech blogger John Gruber, it became the top paid sports app in the App Store by mid-afternoon.

An iOS application built using the app creation studio of Kansas City, Mo. startup RareWire, Race to the Pennant aims to help baseball fans better track their favorite team as they work to secure a playoff spot. The app, which costs 99 cents, also offers team stats and pertinent news items.

"The purpose of the app is to visualize the pennant race and be able to graphically compare how many teams have won in each division," said Hillsman, a baseball enthusiast and loyal Kansas City Royals fan.

The app, which launched early last week, is the third built by Hillsman, an online marketing specialist at the Kansas City-based Cerner Corporation. Hillsman started developing apps with RareWire last August after taking app building classes offered by the Kansas City, Mo. startup.

Last November he won RareWire's Wire Clash Contest, a developer challenge to create innovative apps using the company's software, with his app Pixel Artist. Another of Hillsman's apps, Scratchpad TicTacToe, is also available in the App Store.


Credits: Race to the Pennant images from Race to the Pennant website. Tyler Hillsman photo from Hillsman's Facebook profile

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