CMWS 2015: D-BAT Elite's Alec Bohm wins 2015 home run derby
FARMINGTON — D-BAT Elite first baseman Alec Bohm put on a show in the 2015 Connie Mack World Series Home Run Derby on Sunday at Ricketts Park.
The 6-foot-5-inch, 240-pound slugger was easily the most impressive contestant in this year's derby. He hit 22 total home runs — eight more than the next closest participant — including 10 in the final round to clinch the win.
Bohm, who will play college ball at Wichita State next year, didn't have a complex strategy in mind when he stepped to the plate Sunday afternoon.
"I just went up there and swung as hard as I could," he said. "That's about it."
Players from each of the 12 teams in the series represented their teams in the derby. The derby bracket set up six head-to-head matchups in the opening round.
Making it out of the first round were Bohm, Joey Bart of the East Cobb Yankees, Tyler Barker of the host 4C-Clubsox, Kyle Schimpf of the Louisiana Elite Yankees, Rodney Hutchison of the Midland Redskins and Dallas Mustangs' Brendan Venter.
Joe Zirolli, first baseman of the Bayside Yankees, was hit with bad luck when he drew Bohm as his first-round, head-to-head competitor.
Zirolli hit seven home runs in the first round, good for second behind the eventual champion, Bohm. Once Bohm surpassed Zirolli's total with eight home runs, effectively ending the battle on the spot, he blasted a ninth homer as time ran out for good measure.
"My pitcher threw that last one, so I just hit it," Bohm said. "I know I didn't need it, but he threw it."
In the second round, Bohm hit three homers to best Bart's two. Barker, a Bloomfield resident, had a good round with four home runs but was outdone by Schimpf's five.
Hutchison and Venter tied with five apiece and both entered the final round, though the format originally called for just three third-round participants.
Bohm was in an unfamiliar spot in the final round — leading off. Still, he didn't have any problem going yard time after time. He finished with 10 third-round homers, five more than each of the other three players, who hit five apiece.
"The last round was the first time I had to hit the whole time, so I was getting tired at the end," Bohm said. "But my teammates helped me through it. I got a couple shoulder massages."
This year's coaches' fungo was cancelled due to time constraints.