The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC


April 3, 2013

Cornelius wins derby with one homer

TARBORO — The 20th Annual Tarboro Easter Classic got off to a slow start Tuesday night at Municipal Stadium. The opening event of each classic always has a home run derby to cap off the night after fans, players and coaches eat barbeque with all of the trimmings. This year's event was like no other in the past. In the years past, there would be baseballs flying out of the park left and right and the winner usually had hit at least five to six home runs during the entire event. Not this year though.

During the annual home run derby there was only one home run hit by the 14 participants.

For the first time in the 20 year history the event only lasted one round. Timber Creek's Brandon Cornelius was the only participant to hit a home run.

Cornelius was excited during the majority of the first round. He was the second hitter to hit. With one out left, Cornelius hit the only homer over the left-center field fence.

"It means a lot to be the only to hit a home run," Cornelius said. "It just shows how hard it was to hit a home run. I am just glad I was the one who was able to hit it."

Cornelius said even though it took him until the final out to hit his home run he said it felt good coming off of the bat. He said he was a little nervous when he was down to his last out, but his coach gave him the pitch he had been looking for and he connected solidly with the ball and made it happen.

"I came through and was clutch for my team," Cornelius said. "I was able to come out and represent for my school."

Each participant in the event gets 10 outs per round and unless you hit the ball over the fence, then the swing is considered an out.


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