FARMINGTON — Strike Zone Baseball had a chance to walk away with both the Connie Mack World Series home run derby and fungo challenge crowns, but finished runner-up in each contest.
Jay Feliciano, representing the Arecibo Lobos from Puerto Rico, hit four home runs in final round to defeat Strike Zone's Jacy Cave for the home run derby title.
"I am so proud to be the champion of the home run derby," Feliciano said through his interpreter. "My teammates chose me, and I am proud to bring this trophy back to Puerto Rico."
Felicano and Cave advanced out of the first round with two home runs, along with D-BAT Leach's Ty Boland, Illinois Sparks' Tommy Hayes, Frozen Ropes' Jordan Goode and Southern California's Brock Lundquist.
The Puerto Rico and Strike Zone sluggers put on a show for the fans in the second round with six home runs apiece, including one blast by Cave that smashed off the Ricketts' Park scoreboard, to advance to the final round.
"I was just trying to find a rhythm there and get locked in," Cave said.
Cave managed just one home run in the last round, coming up short of the four hit by Feliciano.
Cave said he had a good time representing the host team in the derby.
"It was nice when the crowd started getting into it more. It gave me a little more energy," he said. "It feels good to get in the last round against some good competitors."
In the inaugural coaches' fungo skills challenge, Illinois head coach Garrick Pranchke defeated Strike Zone's Adam Morrissey in the final.
In the challenge, coaches hit ground balls at targets in the infield, hit popups to the catcher and either aimed for a net in the outfield or tried for a home run.
Morrissey's power carried him through the contest as he hit four home runs in the three rounds.
Pranchke emerged victorious with four points in the final round, hitting one target for a point and a popup to the catcher area for three points. Morrissey scored three points with a home run.
"I just got lucky out there. Adam was hitting some bombs, and I was just laughing," Pranchke said. "It was a really fun competition, and it's good to win the first one."