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Baseball: Baker holds own among stars, claims Junior Derby title

Texas prep slugger belts seven home runs to outlast Naylor of Ontario

High Schoolers' Home Run Derby00:00:257/14/14: In between the big leaguers, high school hitters square off in their own Home Run Derby with Luken Baker of Texas taking the crown

High Schoolers’ Home Run Derby00:00:257/14/14: In between the big leaguers, high school hitters square off in their own Home Run Derby with Luken Baker of Texas taking the crown

For one night, Luken Baker forgot the fundamentals. The high school senior-to-be at Oak Ridge (Conroe, Texas) is better known as a pitcher and line-drive hitter, but he put on a home run show in the Junior Home Run Derby for the sellout crowd at Target Field on Monday night.

“I’ve always been focused on hitting line drives and keeping a good swing,” Baker said. “I just sort of tweaked my swing for this, but it was worth it.”

The powerful Texan hit seven home runs over two rounds to best Josh Naylor of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Secondary School (Mississauga, Ontario), who knocked out four homers of his own. Once Baker got his first home run out of the way, the slugfest began. In the first round, the righty put Minneapolis on its feet with three straight dingers to the left-field stands. click HERE for complete story