Home run derby on Lake Michigan

Last week, Giancarlo Stanton hit monster dingers in the MLB Home Run Derby at Petco Park in San Diego. In mid-June, top MLB prospects hit homers into the Pacific Ocean off an aircraft carrier in the San Diego Harbor during the California and Carolina League Home Run Derby. This week, top college baseball players hit moonshots into Lake Michigan.

Word to the wise: if you want to make headlines with your home run derby, hold it on the water or bring in Giancarlo Stanton. If you don’t, it’ll probably be bad.

The Northwoods League is one of the top college summer baseball leagues in the country. The league is made up of 18 teams spread across Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, Illinois, and Ontario, Canada.

This week, the league held its annual All-Star Game at the home of the Kenosha Kingfish in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The annual home run derby wasn’t played at the home of the Kingfish, Simmons Field. Instead, it was held on Lake Michigan with contestants having to hit baseballs over a buoy line in the water. The line of buoys aligned with the dimensions of Simmons Field.

The hometown hero Marty Bechina of the Kenosha Kingfish won, however it’s not clear how many homers he hit to win the derby.

As stated earlier, this is the second derby to be held on the water this summer. The California and Carolina  League are two of the three “High-A” or “Advanced-A” leagues in Minor League Baseball. During their All-Star Break hosted by the Lake Elsinore Storm (San Diego Padres Affiliate) in June, the annual home run derby was held on the USS Midway in the San Diego Harbor. Seattle Mariners’ prospect Kyle Petty won that derby.

[Fox Sports]

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