Psomas wins Home Run Derby in tiebreaker
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July 14, 2009 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – The Washington Wild Things’ Grant Psomas outhit the rest of the Frontier League’s top sluggers on Tuesday to win the All-Star Home Run Derby at Road Ranger Stadium.

Psomas beat Southern Illinois’ Brad Miller, 2-1, in a tiebreaker after each hit two home runs in the final round. Psomas totaled 20 homers over the three-round contest. Miller, a late substitution, knocked 24 out.

Jason James from the host Rockford RiverHawks hit two home runs and did not advance from the first round. The league’s top two home-run hitters at the break, Gateway’s Charlie Lisk (17 home runs) and Florence’s Billy Mottram (16) didn’t move on, either. Lisk hit two in the first round and Mottram was homerless.

Miller replaced Gateway’s Stephen Holdren. Holdren, a former RiverHawk, pulled out of the contest because of a sore back. Down to his last out in the first round, Miller hit four straight home runs. He added 12 in the second round.

Psomas hit six in the first round and 10 more in the second round. Windy’s City’s J.T. Restko hit five in the second round, for a total of nine. Gateway’s Joe Scaperotta hit one homer in the second round, for a total of five.

Psomas has hit 15 home runs this season.

The RiverHawks host the 2009 Frontier League All-Star celebration this week at Road Ranger Stadium. The 2009 Frontier League All-Star Game is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Wednesday.

Wednesday’s All-Star Game will be a Miller Lite/104.9 – the X Dollar Beer Night. The fun starts at 4 p.m. with the Principal Financial Group Family Fun Fest. The Fun Fest, located in the stadium parking lot, is a free event. It features baseball skills games, a traveling baseball museum, the opportunity for fans to see their face on a baseball card or magazine cover, play baseball video games and more.

The RiverHawks are members of the Frontier League, a 12-team independent professional baseball league in its 17th season. Advertising and ticket information is available by calling (815) 885-2255. Fans can also visit the RiverHawks online at www.rockfordriverhawks.com. Most games are broadcast live on ESPN 1380, and on the team website.


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