Saturday, October 2, 2010

Cruz tops Terrero for Derby crown

Norfolk first baseman Al Cruz captured this year's Home Run Derby crown by blasting a total of 29 home runs over three rounds. Cruz notched 20 home runs through the first two round which was good enough for him to enter the final round where he faced Huntington's Yorvit Terrero. Cruz would mash nine home runs to Terrero's six en route to being crowned Derby champion.

Cruz actually needed a swing-off to even make it to round two, as he and Huntington's Monte Duvall were tied with five homeruns a piece after round one. Cruz won the swing-off and then crushed the field in round two with 13 home runs, nearly double the next highest total for the round.

Though he fell short of winning the Home Run Derby, Terrero did earn the distinction of having hit the longest home run in the contest. In the final round, Terrero hit a 533-foot bomb to left field.

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