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Lexington Legends first baseman Zach Johnson will be one of 10 participants in the Miller High Life Home Run Derby as part of South Atlantic League All-Star game festivities in Charleston, South Carolina next week.
The first round of the homer-hitting contest will take place Monday, June 18 at 11 a.m. on the deck of the USS Yorktown, which is stationed at Patriots Point in Charleston Harbor. Five players from each division will take part in the Home Run Derby. The championship round will be held Tuesday, June 19 at 5:15 p.m. at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park, home of the Charleston RiverDogs and site of the All-Star game. First pitch for the game, which will match the Northern Division against the Southern, is set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
“The All-Star experience will be a great memory for all the players,” said Legends’ General Manager Seth Poteat. “But being in a home run derby aboard an aircraft carrier is truly unique. Congratulations to Zach and all the Legends players who were named to the All-Star roster.”
Johnson has hit nine home runs for the Legends this season and is currently third in the league in runs batted in with 56. He is one of seven Legends named to the Southern Division All-Star roster. The others are second baseman Delino DeShields Jr., third baseman Matt Duffy and pitchers Mike Foltynewicz, Carlos Quevedo, Nick Tropeano and Jason Chowning. Chowning, a native of Louisville, has since been promoted to advanced-A Lancaster in the California League and will not participate in the SAL All-Star game.
From the Lexington Legends. KyForward file photo.