omaha world-herald: Spoiler alert: Lincoln grad Victor Roache at college home run derby
Lincoln High School graduate Victor Roache had a familiar face throwing him pitches at Saturday night's College Home Run Derby at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.
According to the Omaha World-Herald, Roache's father, Victor Roache Sr., attempted to groove the Georgia Southern junior-to-be some juicy fastballs in front of a crowd of 20,578 at the second-annual event.
Spoiler alert: The derby will be shown on CBS at 2 p.m. Sunday. Click the jump to find out how Roache fared.
Roache reached the final round of the home run derby, which didn't feature many home runs.
Eventual winner Daniel Aldrich from the College of Charleston had 10 home runs through the first two rounds -- six more than any other batter -- and then beat Roache 4-2 in the final.
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Roache, who hit a Division I-best 30 home runs this season, didn't look like he was going to pose much of a challenge in the finals, going homerless in his first seven swings. But the Georgia Southern sophomore lifted back-to-back home runs just over the left field wall before hitting a shallow fly ball to end the competition.
Hitters discovered early the low number of home runs hit at TD Ameritrade Park during last month's College World Series was no fluke. The first three batters combined for just one home run on their first 24 swings, and a crossfield breeze from the north kept many balls hit to left field from leaving the park.
“The flag was blowing pretty hard to right tonight,” said the right-handed hitting Roache. “We were taking (batting practice) earlier and we knew it was going to be tough for right-handed hitters.”