Former Demon Deacon Dykstra wins Triple-A HR Derby
Posted July 13
Updated July 14
Durham, N.C. — Former Wake Forest baseball player Allan Dykstra needed just one home run in the final round Monday at the Triple-A Home Run Derby to send his family and friends home happy. It came on his second swing as he defeated Omaha’s Francisco Pena.
“My brother, girlfriend and a few former teammates all made it out,” Dykstra said. “It was important to me to have my family and teammates here.”
Dykstra hit three home runs in the first round and four in the second to earn his way into a championship showdown against Pena, who slugged eight In the first two rounds.
After Pena went homerless in the final round, Dykstra needed just the one longball to claim his 10-pound gold belt. It took him just two swings.
Dykstra, a San Diego native, was an All-ACC first baseman at Wake Forest before becoming a first-round selection of the San Diego Padres in 2008. He now plays in the New York Mets' system for the Las Vegas 51’s.
Durham Bulls outfielder Mike Mahtook and the most experienced hitter in the field, Reno’s Mike Jacobs, each went homerless in their first round and were eliminated.
Columbus infielder Jesus Aguilar hit three home runs in the first round to advance, but after just one in the second round, he was eliminated.
Indianapolis’ Matt Hague was credited with hitting the famed bull in left field during the second round, earning the 10,160 in attendance a free steak taco from Moe’s, but with just six home runs through two rounds, he too fell short of the final.
Prior to the contest, the International League’s all-time home run leader Mike Hessman withdrew with a knee injury. Former Durham Bull Dan Johnson had to take his name out after he was called up to the Toronto Blue Jays just days before the event. Mahtook and Hague replaced the two players, respectively
The Triple-A All-Star Game will be Wednesday ay 7 p.m. at DBAP. Gates will open at 5:30.