(Madison, WI) Michael Rockett (Texas-San Antonio) hit four home runs in the first half of the season, five behind the Northwoods League leader and teammate Carlos Ramirez (Chandler-Gilbert) for the league lead, but on Sunday night it didn’t matter who the home run leader was as Rockett blasted five home runs over the left field wall in the first round of the home run series and followed that performance with another five home runs in the final as the MoonDogs centerfielder took the Home Run Crown in the first competition of the All-Star Break.
Rockett was the third north division batter to compete in the home run derby, but was ready for the competition as he connected for five home runs in the opening round, guaranteeing himself a spot in the finals. The contest turned out to be a battle of the South division against Rockett as former MoonDogs Joey Register and two other South Division all-stars squared off against Rockett with ten outs to determine who the biggest power hitter in the league was.
Fortunately for MoonDog fans, Rockett repeated his effort from the first round connecting for another five home runs and a total of ten for the evening, securing the Home Run crown for the North Division Champion Mankato MoonDogs.
Rockett, along with teammates Brendan Lafferty (UCLA), Ramirez, Jimmy Reyes (Elon), and Cory Harrilchak (Elon) will look to continue the North Division’s dominance in All-Star play of the last three years over the South Division All-Stars on Monday, July 14th. Coaches Jason Nell (Iowa Lakes CC), Ryan Levendoski (Western Tech), and Erich Pfohl (Vanguard) will be hoping to lead the North All-Stars to their fourth straight win.