Former Demon Deacon wins HR derby

Jul. 14, 2014 @ 10:05 PM
On a week with top Triple-A baseball in town, a guy with strong ties to ACC country emerged as a star on Monday night.
Allan Dykstra, a former Wake Forest player, won the Triple-A Home Run Derby on Monday night at Durham Bulls Athletic Park before a crowd of 10,160.
The 27-year-old Dykstra, a New York Mets farmhand who plays for Las Vegas this season, edged Francisco Pena in the final. After Pena failed to hit a home run on his five attempts in the finals, Dykstra hit a home run on his second swing.
“Coming back to Durham, it’s the first time in a while I’ve been back to North Carolina,” Dykstra said. “A bunch of my former teammates and a lot of fans from Wake Forest are out here supporting me. It’s very special.”
Pena lead the six-player field after the first two preliminary rounds when he hit eight home runs. Dykstra had seven to qualify for the 1-on-1 final against Pena.
Mikie Mahtook, the only representative in the field from the Durham Bulls, went homerless in his eight first-round swings and was eliminated prior to the second round.