Westchester Babe Ruth player Ben McKendall blasted three home runs to help lead his home run derby team to victory at the 2008 Babe Ruth World Series for 13-year-old players at Bergman Park in Jamestown, New York.
Each of the ten World Series teams was represented by two players during the home run derby Friday, August 15th, with the 20 players competing on five four-man teams.
Each player had eight swings to hit as many home runs as he could and the winning four-man team was determined by whichever team hit the most combined home runs.
McKendall, of Pacific Southwest Regional champion Westchester, was the third member of the fifth and final team to swing. At the time of McKendall’s appearance, his team had two home runs and was trailing Teams 1, 3, and 4, which each had hit three total home runs apiece.
McKendall quickly erased all doubts as to which team would be taking home the derby title as he belted three home runs and put Team 5 into first place with five total home runs. Ryan Brumbaugh of the Ohio Valley Regional champions knocked one more homer out of the park after McKendall to push Team 5’s total home run tally to six.
McKendall and his Westchester team defeated the Southeast Regional champions from Greenville, North Carolina 8-7 Sunday, August 17th.
Westchester then lost 7-5 to the Midwest Plains team from Sikeston, Missouri Monday, August 18th.