Updated July 17 2011

Wilmington’s Aldrich Ties CPL Record, Wins 2011 CPL All-Star Home Run Derby



Wilmington Sharks All-Star Daniel Aldrich (College of Charleston / picture courtesy of Tim McMillan) tied the Coastal Plain League record with 18 home runs for a total of 50 points to be named the 2011 Rawlings CPL All-Star Home Run Derby Champion Sunday night at Fayetteville’s J.P. Riddle Stadium.

Aldrich, the National Freshman of the Year, also won the 2011 TD Amaritrade Home Run Derby at TD Amaritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., earlier this summer with 14 total dingers.  His father, Charles, who pitched to him in Omaha was also on hand at J.P. Riddle to pitch to Aldrich, and the duo of father and son improved to 2-0 in derbies.
His 18 home runs (16 with wood at 3 points each / 2 with aluminum at 1 point each) tied former Wilmington Shark Dusty Bensko (Illinois), who also hit 18 home runs in the 2004 CPL All-Star Home Run Derby in Florence, S.C.

Aldrich’s biggest challenger was Forest City’s Axel Johnson (TCU). Johnson entered the final round with nine home runs, four behind Aldrich at that point. Giving it a good effort, he was only able to connect on two long balls in the championship round to finish with a total of 11 homers for 33 points.

Despite winning before he took a swing in the championship round, Aldrich decided to put on a show for the fans and both All-Star teams. He didn’t disappoint, belting five home runs – two with aluminum for fun – to round things out.

Below is a complete run down of the 2011 CPL All-Star Home Run Derby:

Round 1: 

National All-Stars:
Chase McDonald (Morehead City Marlins and East Carolina) – 1 homer = 3 pts.
Terrell Joyce (Peninsula Pilots and Florida State College) – 0 homers = 0 pts.
Ryan Mathews (Wilson Tobs and NC State) – 3 homers = 9 pts.
Hunter Ridge (Asheboro Copperheads and UNC Wilmington) – 1 homer = 3 pts.
Eli Hynes (Martinsville Mustangs and Memphis) 1 homer = 3 pts.
Travis Benn (Florence RedWolves and Mercer) 5 homers = 15 pts.
Anthony Nunziato (Martinsville Mustangs and Lander) 0 homers = 0 pts.
Zach Stephens (Morehead City Marlins and Tennessee Tech) – 2 homers = 6 pts.

American All-Stars:
Trey Holmes (Asheboro Copperheads and Appalachian State) – 1 homer = 3 pts.
Eric Grabe (Fayetteville SwampDogs and Tampa) – 1 homer = 3 pts.
Axel Johnson (Forest City Owls and TCU) – 5 homers = 15 pts.
Zach Smith (Columbia Blowfish and Erskine) – 1 homer = 3 pts.
Daniel Aldrich (Wilmington Sharks and College of Charleston) – 9 homers = 27 pts.
Tony Micklon (Florence RedWolves and Presbyterian College) – 2 homers = 6 pts.
Chad Carman (Outer Banks Daredevils and Oklahoma City) – 3 homers = 9 pts.
Cody Davis (Fayetteville SwampDogs and Tampa) – 0 homers = 0 pts.

Round 2: 

National All-Stars:
Ryan Mathews (Wilson Tobs) – 5 homers = 15 pts. (total of 24 pts.)
Travis Benn (Florence RedWolves) 0 homers = 0 pts. (total of 15 pts.
Zach Stephens (Morehead City Marlins) – 0 homers = 0 pts. (total of 6 pts.)

American All-Stars:
Axel Johnson (Forest City Owls) – 4 homers = 12 pts. (total of 27 pts.)
Daniel Aldrich (Wilmington Sharks) – 4 homers = 12 pts. (total of 39 pts.)
Chad Carman (Outer Banks Daredevils) – 2 homers = 4 pts. (total of 13 pts.)

Championship Round:
Axel Johnson (Forest City Owls) – 2 homers = 6 pts. (total of 33 pts.)
Daniel Aldrich (Wilmington Sharks) – 5 homers = 11 pts. (total of 50 pts.)

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Justin Sellers


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