South Atlantic League’s Home Run Derby to be held on USS Yorktown

The first round of competition in the South Atlantic League's Home Run Derby will take place on the deck of the USS Yorktown. File Photo

The Charleston RiverDogs and the South Atlantic League have put a new twist on the annual home run derby.

The opening round of next month’s home run derby, which is part of the 53rd Annual South Atlantic League All-Star Game, will take place not at Riley Park, but on the flight deck of the USS Yorktown in Charleston Harbor.

The home run derby will take play Monday, June 18 at 11 a.m. with the championship round being staged the following day beginning at 5:15 p.m. at Riley Park. The All-Star Game will begin at 7 p.m.

The 10 home run derby competitors – five from the Northern Division and five from the Southern Division – will take their 10 swings on the flight deck. A total of four players will make the final round.

The RiverDogs have hired kayakers and personnel on jet skis to retrieve the balls hit into Charleston Harbor. The U.S. Coast Guard will assess and note the longest homers to determine the finalists and will radio the results to officials stationed on the Yorktown.

The participants in the Home Run Derby will be announced at a later date.