Former Shocker Almost Wins Home Run Derby

Sam Hilliard an Eastern League All-Star

Ted "The Sports Head"
July 11, 2018 - 1:46 pm

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In minor-league baseball, the Double-A Eastern League All-Star Home Run Derby was held Tuesday evening in Trenton, New Jersey; the runner-up was former Wichita State baseball star Sam Hilliard, who is in the minor-league system of the Colorado Rockies.

Hilliard blasted one mammoth shot on the night over right field into the Delaware River, but he narrowly lost in the finals 11-9 to Deivi Grullon from the Phillies system. Hilliard missed out on the first-place prizes, which included a case of Case's Pork Roll, an additional six-pound pork roll, and a glitzy championship belt.

Hilliard is tied for second in the Eastern League this season with 20 stolen bases; he will play Wednesday evening in the Eastern League All-Star Game.

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