WENDELL — Out of the 30 players competing, there could only by one out of the Wendell Parks and Recreation 11-12-year-old boys division to win the home run derby held during the town’s opening day for baseball, softball and T-ball on April 27.
Austin King of the Lamm Engineering team hit three home runs in a second-round showdown with Barnes Collision team member Tristen Cockman, who claimed the runner-up spot with one big hit in the second round.
Both King and Cockman had hit three home runs in a first round that saw attempts by 30 players – eight who hit one out.
All four of Wendell’s teams in the age division competed in the derby. Three of the teams – Barbie Carter Sales, Barnes Collision and Wendell Parks and Recreation Purple – each had seven players compete in the event at Wendell Park, while Lamm Engineering had nine players compete.
Other home runs in the derby came off the bats of Jacob Tilley (Barbie Carter Sales), Collin Smith, Cameron Hammond and Elijah Veale (Lamm Engineering), Joey Barron (Barnes Collision) and Austin Brown (WPRD Purple).
Rules of the derby, the first-ever for the 11-12 age group, called for one out to be issued on any ball that was swung at, hit foul or failed to fly past the 150-foot fence.
Each participant was given five outs, and team coaches pitched to their own players.