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CLARK GRIFFITH LEAGUE PLAYER WINS HOME RUN DERBY
Vienna Senators' Nate Newman wins 2007 Home Run Derby

 

VIENNA , Va. June 30—The 2007 Joe Branzell All-Star Game and Home Run Derby between the top stars of two premier wooden bat summer collegiate baseball leagues—the Clark Griffith League and the Maryland Collegiate Baseball League—was a smashing success Saturday night.

The Home Run Derby, which began at 5 p.m. at Waters Field in Vienna , Va. before the All-Star Game, featured four players from each league. The Home Run Derby winner was a Clark Griffith League player, Nate Newman. Newman tangoed with another League player, Alex Gregory of the Fairfax Nationals for the title.

Newman, a right-handed pitcher with the Vienna Senators, the defending champions of the League, won the Home Run Derby crown with an 8-6 margin against Gregory in the Final Round. A large crowd was on-hand to enjoy the contest, and gave each player plenty of applause. Some fans even lent a hand in shagging outs in the field and retrieving home run balls.

Drew Black of the Putty Hill Greyhounds, Matt Collins of the Gaithersburg Giants, Matt Schrader of the Columbia Reds and Joe Yermal of the Maryland Orioles represented the MCBL in the contest. Alex Gregory, LaDale Hayes of the DC Grays, Ryan Metzroth of the McLean Raiders and Nate Newman all competed for the CGL.

In the three-round elimination event, all players had an 8-out limit—anything that was hit that was not a home run was rules an out. Alex Gregory was the first to step up to the plate in Round 1 and he smacked three home runs, including one that fell near the softball field beyond the Waters Field center field wall. Nate Newman hit two home runs, both to center. Drew Black, LaDale Hayes, and Joe Yermal each hit a home run to advance to the next round.

In the second round, the players with one home run batted first. Each of the remaining 5 players had a 10-out limit to work with. Drew Black and LaDale Hayes were unable to get outside the park. Joe Yermal got two out and Nate Newman smacked three homers. Alex Gregory came up next and also hit three, to advance to the final round with Nate Newman.

The final round permitted the two players 15 total outs, with the two switching positions at the plate at the seven out mark. Nate Newman went first in the last round, and it seemed like he saved the best for last. He launched four home runs, including a couple ones to deep center. Alex Gregory came up for his first seven outs and only hit one home run.

Newman stepped up again to the plate finish his final round and hit another four home runs, with three going out to center. He hit one just over the left field wall too, and ended with eight home runs in the round.

Alex Gregory challenged Nate Newman when he returned to the plate and launched five more home runs. A couple went out to center and a couple went to left field—including one that went practically to the elementary school parking lot behind left field. It was quite a show, but Alex Gregory couldn't get the last three homers he needed to pass Newman before getting his final out.

Nate Newman received a trophy and a commemorative bat provided by Zorian Bat Company to acknowledge his achievement.

The Clark Griffith League is proud of the success and accomplishments of all eight Home Run Derby participants and looks forward to next year's Home Run Derby.

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