Traverse City Record-Eagle
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WASHINGTON, Pa. — Traverse City Beach Bums first baseman Chase Burch finished second Tuesday night in the Frontier League All-Star Home Run Derby.
Schaumburg’s Steve McQuail beat Burch 5-3 in the final round.
“Disappointing,” Burch said.
Eight players competed in the Derby. The field included Burch, McQuail, Lake Erie’s Andrew Davis, Gateway’s Jon Myers, Normal’s Patrick McKenna, Washington’s C.J. Beatty, River City’s Phil Wunderlich and the Frontier Greys’ Balbino Fuenmayor.
Burch belted 12 home runs to lead all players in the first round, a round in which batters were given 10 outs.
“The first round was pretty nice,” Burch said. “I put on quite a show.”
Turns out, that showing put him in the finals because the first two rounds were combined, and Burch’s 12 roundtrippers stood the test. No one beat that number. So Burch didn’t even have to bat in the second round.
McQuail went first in the final.
“I made him go first,” Burch said. “I was hoping he would be too tired because he just hit in the second round. I thought he might be exhausted. Unfortunately, he hit two more than I did.”
Burch and McQuail were given five outs in the final.
It’s 325 feet down the left field line and 375 in the gaps at Consol Energy Park. Most of Burch’s home runs were to left and left-center.
Burch was also second in 2009, his rookie season in the Frontier League.
The league’s All-Star game is tonight.