Batting champ crowned at Home Run Derby

Batting champ crowned at Home Run Derby

Student at bat during the Home Run Derby

Broncos stepped up to plate on Friday, Feb. 24 for Cal Poly Pomona’s Home Run Derby, hosted by Campus Recreation and held at the Activity Field in front of the Kellogg Gym.

Twenty-seven participants competed against each other to see who would rule the ball park with the most home run hits.

Each competitor took turns attempting to strike the ball over the “Cal Poly Monster” – a fence elevated with soccer goals positioned 225 feet down the left and right field lines and 265 feet down the center field. Ten hits were allowed per person each round.

Participants were a bit rusty during the first round because most had not swung a bat since last year’s baseball season. The top eight hitters were able to advance forward.

Things heated up during the second round and ended with the top two hitters advancing to the championship round.

C.J. Heineke and Andrew Hanson were the last men standing and went head-to-head in an intense bat-off. Heineke went first and was able to make four balls over the “Cal Poly Monster,” but Hanson ultimately came out on top with five home runs at eight bat attempts.

Hanson went home with a Campus Recreation goodie bag and of course, home run hitting bragging rights.

For more information about all the exciting activities Campus Recreation has coming up and how to get involved in intramural sports, call (909) 869-2343 or visit