York County and Lancaster County baseball players will compete in the first-ever War of the Roses High School Home Run Derby.
The event, presented by Lancaster Trophy House, is set for Clipper Magazine Stadium, the home of the Lancaster Barnstormers of the Atlantic League.
The derby will be contested in two rounds. The first round will take place on Friday, July 4, and Saturday, July 5, before the Barnstormers' games against the York Revolution. Four high school baseball players from Lancaster County will compete in the first round on July 4, while four York County high school stars will compete the next day on July 5. The derby will begin at 6 p.m. on both nights. All hitters will use wooden bats provided by Luden Baseball.
The top two contestants from the first round for both counties will move on to the finale on Friday, July 11, before the Barnstormers' game against the Long Island Ducks.
The York County sluggers are Thomas Taylor (Eastern York), Zach Zinn (Northern York), Clint Bohn (York Catholic) and Pat Clement (York Catholic). Lancaster County will be represented by Connor Bowers (Donegal High School), Aaron Taylor (J.P. McCaskey), Andrew Bucher (Manheim Central) and Derek Manning (Hempfield).
July 11 marks the 100th anniversary of Babe Ruth's first major league game. Widely regarded as the greatest slugger baseball has ever seen, Ruth hit 714 home runs in his illustrious career.