The Home Run Derby fundraiser has become a new trend in New England, as players at all levels seem to be competing in power hitting competitions.
This summer, two separate Home Run Derby fundraiser events pitted high-schoolers or recent high school graduates against each other. Most recently on Sept. 4, Reading High (Mass.) alumnus and current Westfield State freshman Nick Marshall won the "A Shot For Life" Home Run Derby against a star-studded field of Division 1 commits. Marshall was the lone D3 college player in the contest.
Back in June, Amity Regional (Conn.) alumnus and current University of Missouri freshman JuJu Stevens won the Humphrey M. Sr. Charity Home Run Derby, which benefitted the Kelly Rodman Baseball Foundation. Stevens beat out a field of six D1 commits.
With more and more players at the high school and prep levels competing in home run derby events throughout New England, we decided to reach out to Marshall and Stevens for tips for competing in these contests.