Legends Launch Homers From Aircraft Carrier

Reported by: Dan Rieffer
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Updated: 6/19/2012 12:27 am
A pair of Lexington Legends competed in the South Atlantic League home run derby, the first round of which was held on an aircraft carrier in Charleston, SC.

CHARLESTON, SC - Lexington Legends third baseman Matt Duffy and first baseman Zach Johnson took part in a home run derby aboard an aircraft carrier Monday.

The first round of the South Atlantic League Miller High Life Home Run Derby was held for the first time on the flight deck of the USS Yorktown in Charleston harbor with nearly 400 people on board to witness the spectacle.

The top four sluggers - Hagerstown third baseman Matt Skole, Lexington's Duffy, Asheville first baseman Harold Riggins and Savannah center fielder Travis Taijeron - advanced to the championship round of the derby.

That will take place on Tuesday at 5:30 pm prior to the start of the 53rd SAL All-Star Game, which begins at 7:30. 

The players took their swings and belted home runs into Charleston Harbor where there were scooped up by volunteers on jet skis.

RiverDogs co-owner Bill Murray, who is being enshrined in the SAL Hall of Fame on Tuesday afternoon along with Charleston Mayor Joe Riley and Asheville Tourists executive Carolyn McKee, also made an appearance and took a few swings from the cage.

“The Miller High Life Home Run Derby on the USS Yorktown was a fantastic event,” said RiverDogs General Manager Dave Echols. “We were pleased to be able to bring such a unique and fun event to our fans. We are looking forward to the second round on Tuesday at The Joe.”

Six members of the Lexington Legends will participate in the All-Star game.

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