Baseball: Former CCC standout Jeff Campbell wins College Home Run Derby



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Thu. July 9, 2015 | Rodney Page | Email

Jeff Campbell, a 2011 Clearwater Central Catholic graduate, won the College Home Run Derby on July 2 in Omaha. Campbell competed against seven other college players. He defeated Wake Forest's Will Craig in the final round, 10-5.

Campbell also set a home run derby record when he hit 20 home runs in the first round. For the night, he hit 34 home runs in three rounds.

"It was a blast,'' Campbell said. "I'd done a few home run derbys before in my summer league so I knew what to expect. I just got into a groove and kept swinging.''

Campbell recently graduated from the University of North Dakota, where he was a pitcher and infielder. In 51 games as a senior he hit .365 with 11 home runs, which led the team. As a pitcher, he was 2-3 with a 4.34 ERA in 37.1 innings pitched. He played four years at North Dakota.

"That was the best opportunity for me to continue my baseball career after high school,'' Campbell said. "In my junior year we joined the (Western Athletic Conference) so it was very competitive.''

Asked if it is as cold in North Dakota as everyone thinks, Campbell said, "Yep.''

Campbell signed with the Atlanta Braves today and will report to the club's rookie league team in Danville, Va. on Friday. He said he expects to play first base and not pitch.


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