The first Northwest League home run derby since 2004 was hosted by the Everett Aquasox as part of the All-Star Game festivities. For that reason, it only felt right that an Aquasox player would win the derby.
It was looking bright for the hometown team, as outfielder Phillips Castillo was able to make it to the final round of the derby, but wasn’t able to pull it out. Tri-City Dust Devils’ outfielder Sean Dwyer won the home run derby with two dingers in the final round, following three in the first.
The first four competitors struggled to hit anything over the wall. They combined for just three home runs. The fifth batter, Hunter Renfroe, outdid them all by putting four in the seats. He wasn’t able to follow up his first round performance in the championship round, however, failing to hit one out when it counted.
Two Aquasox participated in the derby; the aforementioned Castillo finished second after hitting four in the first round, but falling short in the championship round, hitting just one. First baseman Justin Seager was the other Everett player in the event. He was one of two players to fail to hit a home run.
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