Lady Eagles to sponsor home run derby

COVINGTON — For anyone that wondered what it was like to be a Yoenis Cespedes, Prince Fielder or even David Ortiz now is the time.

Eastside’s softball team is holding a Home Run Derby on Monday at the softball field. The cost to participate in the derby is $5 with the proceeds going to the Eastside softball team. The winner will have a chance to win $25 as well as having bragging rights for the year.

Each slugger will get five outs to hit as many home runs as they can. Last year the winning hitter cleared the fence 12 times, shattering the inaugural mark of four home runs the year before.

“This is our third year doing it. I had a couple big sticks last year,” Eastside head coach Jason Stokes said. “They can buy back in as many times as they want.”

The balls will be delivered to each batter with the pitching machine in order to keep the pitching as fair as possible for all participants.

Eastside softball players are taking early registration at the school. For those wanting to swing the big stick but unable to register early can show up at the field the say of the event.

“Showing up is the easiest way. Anyone that wants to participate can show up,” Stokes said. “We’ll probably start a little bit before 5 p.m. if anyone wants to hit first. If they can’t get there right at 5 it doesn’t matter. Come on out, it takes a while for various people to hit”

Stokes anticipates that the derby will last until 7 p.m. or later giving late comers a chance to get there.

For more information contact Stokes at Eastside High School at (770) 784-2920.