Arizona Power

Third baseman Flores wins 2010 Power Showcase home run derby





Travis Flores (Photo by Jeff Horton)
At the fourth annual International High School Power Showcase Home Run Derby, over 70 prep hitters put their strength on display. Travis Flores, a third baseman from Desert Ridge High in Mesa, Ariz., hit nine home runs in the first round and eight in the championship to claim the 2010 power crown. An Arizona State signee, Flores sent his farthest home run 471 feet and had a total of 13 home runs that traveled over the 400 mark.

However, it didn't come easily. Dante Bichette Jr., a junior infielder from Orangewood Christian in Maitland, Fla. and 2009 finalist, led off the 2010 edition with 13 home runs. He fell just one long ball short of Flores in the championship round with seven, good enough for second place. Bichette's longest home run traveled 465 feet.

Bryce Harper, who is now a freshman at Southern Nevada, put on a spectacular show at the event in 2009, but his record 502-foot home run was broken this year. Travis Harrison, a junior third baseman/outfielder from Tustin (Calif.) High sent his best shot 504 feet.

The rest of the finalists were shortstop D.J. Peterson (Gilbert, Ariz., HS) with six home runs; outfielder Thomas Zengel (Annandale, N.J., HS) with five and third baseman Cole Gleason (Red Mountain HS, Mesa, Ariz.) with four.