Barry Bonds-Like Challenge Comes To Town

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The Payson Parks and Recreation Department has teamed up with Mazatzal Casino for the inaugural Home Run Derby, Sept.12 on the Rumsey I ball field.

Upon registering for the circuit skirmish, each three-person team must designate a non-profit organization to be the recipient of their prize money.

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Home run swings will be the name of the game at the first annual Home Run Derby Sept. 12 on the Rumsey I field.

The winning team's charity choice will receive $500. The runner-up's designation will earn $300 and the third-place team's choice gets $100.

The derby will feature both men and women's division.

For the men, the home run fence will be 235 feet from home plate. For the women it will be 200 feet.

The women will hit an 11-inch softball commonly used in most recreation leagues. The men will hit a 12-inch softball.

Hitters will supply their own pitchers. Pitches must be underhand and with an arch of six to 12 feet above the ground.

The good news for power hitters is that all bats are legal. That means, the high-dollar bats that are banned in ASA play can be used. Among those bats are the Worth Wicked, Easton Synergy Plus, Ultra and Ultra 2.

Balls hit off those bats -- which can cost more than $300 -- travel further and with more velocity because some are built with a combination of fiberglass and graphite and others are double-wall titanium.

The tournament will begin with an opening round in which entrants are given 20 pitches. In the second round, they receive 10 pitches.

After the home runs for each team are calculated, the top four teams from both rounds will advance to the finals.

In the final round, each team begins with a zero score and players receive 20 pitches each.

In case of a tie, a sudden death one-pitch tie breaker will be used.

All players on teams finishing first through third place will receive trophies. The top male and female home run hitters will also receive awards.

The entry fee is $25 for a team of three.

Official rules and entry forms are available at the Payson Parks and Recreation office at 1000 W. Country Club Drive.

Call (928) 474-5242 ext. 7 for more information.

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