The home run derby is back again.
Not the Major League All-Star Home Run Derby, but the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition's 5th annual Take a Swing Against Breast Cancer home run derby.
The coalition will travel to eight minor league baseball stadiums across the state in July, including at the York Revolution's Sovereign Bank Stadium on Thursday.
Teams of four can enter the competition and will be given 15 swings to knock the ball out of the park.
Batters are scored on a scale of 10 points for a fair ball hit in the infield to 100 points for a home run.
The highest scoring team will receive prizes. So will the statewide individual winner from all of the home run derbies.
Teams make a $500 donation to the coalition to participate. Individuals without a team can enter for $125.
Each participant will be given a batter's jersey, program, team photograph and gift bag.
In the past, the event has raised more than $400,000 to support the coalition and its mission to find a cure for breast cancer, said Pat Halpin-Murphy, president and founder.
The money raised stays in Pennsylvania and helps the coalition to support and serve breast cancer survivors and their families.
Last year more than 220 volunteers signed up to help with the event, according to the coalition's website. Volunteers are needed again this year for various tasks like rounding up baseballs.
The fun at Sovereign Bank Stadium begins at 8 a.m. Thursday and continues until everyone registered has batted.
For more information visit www.pahomerunderby.org. To volunteer, contact Kristen Snoke at firstname.lastname@example.org and to sign up a team contact Heather Hibshman at email@example.com.
--Reach Chelsea Shank at 505-5432 or firstname.lastname@example.org