TERRE HAUTE —
Terre Haute’s Tony Rosselli didn’t disappoint the hometown baseball fans Tuesday night, powering his way to eight home runs at Bob Warn Field.
But Rosselli lost in a five-out tiebreaker round in the finals to Kyle Jackson of the Richmond River Rats to take second place in the Prospect League’s Home Run Derby.
Rosselli hit five home runs in the opening round after the first five participants compiled just two home runs combined.
“At the beginning, I was kind of amped up and had a lot of energy and was able to get good contact,” Rosselli said afterward. “There, at the end, I was starting to get a little tired. But it was all fun with the guys all cheering me on and you’ve got the fans here. It turned out nice, but got beat in the last round there.”
Jackson, an Atlanta native who plays for Coastal Carolina, advanced through the second round in a close battle against Quincy’s Adam McGinnis. Jackson advanced to the finals with a blast to left field.
“It was pretty crazy, especially when we went to 10 outs down to five outs and then three in the semifinal. I was able to get a good swing on one finally,” Jackson said.
Rosselli’s power display was no surprise based on the Terre Haute North High School graduate’s and sophomore-to-be at Indiana State’s recent play. Rosselli rides a six-game hitting streak for the Terre Haute Rex, going 9 for 25 with four home runs and and 11 RBI during that span.
His first home-run derby went well. He hit several right down the left-field line, where it’s 332 feet to the foul pole. But he hit one towering shot to left-center field that surpassed carried more than 400 feet.
“It was an experience, looking forward to the next one,” Rosselli said. “It was big support, I just happen to be a hometown player. I think they were looking forward to cheering somebody on for the Rex.”