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Morning Mail: South Atlantic League holds home run derby on deck of an aircraft carrier (video)

Jun 19, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT


One day, all sporting events will be held on the decks of aircraft carriers. But the let the record show that the first floating home run derby was staged by the South Atlantic League during their All-Star festivities. Yep, the first round of the SAL All-Star Game Home Run Derby was held on the deck the U.S.S. Yorktown on Monday, which is docked in Charleston Harbor. The Charleston RiverDogs played host to the event.

Balls were hit off the deck and into the harbor, where they were retrieved by people with nets on jet skis. More photos, video here.

But guess which Major League franchise was a party pooper?

Hagerstown third baseman Matt Skole, Lexington third baseman Matt Duffy, Asheville first baseman Harold Riggins and Savannah center fielder Travis Taijeron advanced to the championship round of the event, which will take place Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Riley Park. The SAL All-Star Game will follow at 7:30 p.m.

Charleston RiverDogs outfielder Tyler Austin, who is tied with Skole for the SAL home run lead at the All-Star break with 14, did not take part in the event because the New York Yankees did not give him permission to compete.


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