The 2017 Alaska Baseball League All-Star Sunday started with a bang, as the top college players in the summer league competed in the annual Home Run Derby.
Eleven players from five teams took their swings in round one, with only four advancing to the second round. From there, Miners infielder Nick Brooks faced Chinooks pitcher Preston White in the third and final round.
Each player had three minutes to launch as many balls over the fence as he could. One 30 second timeout was also available for use in each round.
In the end, it was Brooks topping White 13-7 to earn the title. Brooks, a junior at Gonzaga, enhanced his totals as the competition progressed. He hit nine in the first, 10 in the second, and finished with 13.
While it was strange for Brooks to see people lined up and down the first and third base lines, he says the physical aspect of the derby was more difficult than the mental part.
“I think physically it’s basically a game against yourself…gotta hit home runs,” he said. “Gotta stretch out in between rounds and that sort of thing. I was getting tight in the back, but I think the Gatorade and the towel helped loosen things top a little bit.”
With credit to his teammates and killer mustache, Nick Brooks is in the books as home run champion.