Arkansas High phenom Braylon Bishop wins home run derby

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Arkansas High senior Braylon Bishop is interviewed by Fox Sports Texarkana's Bob Delgiorno after winning the inaugural home run derby at King Park.

 

Braylon Bishop got lost going to King Park in Wake Village Tuesday afternoon. Before the day was over he also lost a lot of baseballs.

A senior-to-be at Arkansas High, Bishop was one of 13 participants in the inaugural Fox Sports Texarkana Radio Home Run Derby. Many considered him the favorite, and he didn’t disappoint, edging Texas High senior Aaron Prince for the trophy.

“I was late arriving after getting lost,” said Bishop. “When I got there fourteen was leading, and I thought this was going to be easy because the park was so small. Instead, it was harder. I hit the first four out, but I was swinging too hard.”

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Runnerup Aaron Prince cools down with a drink after finishing second.

Braylon Bishop could be a first round draft pick

Bishop is a University of Arkansas prospect, who is penciled in as a first round pick in the 2021 Major League Draft. He is also the starting quarterback for Arkansas High’s football team. He may be leaning towards a baseball career, but said Tuesday he wasn’t ruling out college football.

Bishop was in third place Tuesday after the initial qualifying with 15 home runs in the tiny park. Atlanta’s Kade Wood was the top qualifier with 22 homers, while James Bowie’s Whit Rogers came out of the bleachers to sign up late and hammer 17 dingers. Prince tied Arkansas High’s Jackson Harris for fourth place with 14 roundtrippers, and won a tie-breaker, 9-8.

In the first semifinal (each batter got 10 swings) Prince edged Wood, 7-6. Bishop then eliminated Rogers.

“It was a lot of fun,” said Bishop. “I’d like to do it again next year on a bigger field, where you could hit real home runs.”

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Home Run Derby very entertaining

The field was only 245 feet down the lines, and 260 to center. Still Bishop and Prince hit some monster drives. They weren’t alone either. Bishop’s high school teammate Jackson Harris, Pleasant Grove’s Jackson Cobb, Rogers and Wood all hit monster roundtrippers.

Redwater’s Silas narrowly missed the seminfinals with 13 home runs. Cobb hit 13, and Texas High’s Michael Sikorski hammered 12. Atlanta’s Max Ebarb hit 11. Every competitor hit home runs, including Redwater’s Preston Davis, and Liberty-Eylau seniors Ben Witterstaetter and Braylon Blair.

Fifteen-year-old Ty Waid was entered as a late replacement for Bishop, but his 10 home runs didn’t count after Bishop arrived.