Revs’ Majewski to team with York Catholic’s Tucci, Hallam’s Seitz in HR Derby
To decide on how to split up the teams for the Atlantic League All-Star Home Run Derby on Wednesday night at Sovereign Bank Stadium, York Revolution officials have been holding “try outs” for high school players over the past month or so.
Officials devised a point system where players got points for hitting balls to the warning track, off the wall, and over the wall. Of those who tried out, York Catholic High School graduate Alex Tucci accumulated the most points. Tucci, who will be playing at Division III Virginia-Wesleyan College next spring, was also the only high school player to hit one over the wall.
That should give up hope to the York fans rooting for Revolution outfielder Val Majewski in the derby, as Tucci will team with Majewski in the event.
The derby will feature six teams, each consisting of an Atlantic League player, a local high school player and a player from the Susquehanna or Central baseball leagues. High school players will use aluminum bats, while Atlantic League and adult league players will use wooden bats.
Each team will be playing for a designated charity of their choice, with the winning team getting a monetary prize from the Revolution that will go to the charity. And the high school player on that winning team will receive a savings bond for college.
Here are those teams, along with information on their charities each will be playing for, and the home run counts for Atlantic League players.
Atlantic League player, adult league player, high school player, charity:
—Val Majewski (York. 11 HR), Jason Seitz (Hallam), Alex Tucci (York Catholic), Charity: Crispus Attucks.
—Josh Pressley (Somerset, 11 HR), Todd Meyer (Pleasureville), Matt Petersen (York Suburban), Charity: Central PA Food Bank.
—Tommy Everidge (Lancaster, 13 HR), Rick Thompson (Windsor), Anthony Goldhammer (New Oxford) Charity: Olivia’s House.
—Matt Esquivel (Long Island, 9 HR), Austin Rickode (Dover), Ryan Leader (Dallastown), Charity: Bring on Play.
—Ben Harrison (Southern Maryland, 10 HR), Nate Neumann (Windsor), Zeke Ottemiller (York Suburban), Charity: Special Olympics.
—Wes Bankston (Bridgeport, 13 HR), Eric McNeil (Red Lion), Luke Rohrbaugh (Spring Grove), Charity: YMCA Strong Kids.
The derby will kick off at 5:15 p.m.
All-Star game sold out: The York Revolution announced Tuesday that there are no tickets remaining to the Atlantic League All-Star Game. In recent days, only lawn tickets remained, and even that allotment of tickets has run out.
The largest crowd in Sovereign Bank Stadium history was recorded on July 4 of last year, when 7,412 fans passed through the turnstiles as the Revolution took on the Bridgeport Bluefish. According to the team’s ticketing office, that number is within reach as the All-Star Game comes to York for the first time.
Fans holding tickets are reminded that the stadium gates open at 5 p.m., and the AAA Home Run Derby begins at 5:15. First pitch of the game is slated for roughly 7 p.m., with York’s Corey Thurman likely getting the nod as the starting pitcher. The Freedom Division All-Stars, which include seven members of the Revolution, will take on the Liberty Division All-Stars. Should the game remain tied after nine innings, a home run derby between the two teams will break the tie.