About 300 spectators were on hand to watch 10 South Atlantic League players hit baseballs off the deck of the aircraft carrier Yorktown on Monday in the preliminary round of the SALís Home Run Derby contest.
Hagerstown third baseman Matt Skole, Lexington third baseman Matt Duffy, Asheville first baseman Harold Riggins and Savannah center fielder Travis Taijeron advanced to the championship round of the event, which will take place Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Riley Park. The SAL All-Star Game will follow at 7:30 p.m.
Charleston RiverDogs outfielder Tyler Austin, who is tied with Skole for the SAL home run lead at the All-Star break with 14, did not take part in the event because the New York Yankees did not give him permission to compete.
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