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Strong winds dampened any chance at a home run at Ogden Point as batters took part in the first annual Harbour Derby as hosted by the Victoria HarbourCats.

Strong, onshore gale-force winds kept the balls from clearing the marker positioned between the two piers indicating and outfield fence.

Dartmouth’s Jake Sanford was named the winner as he hit the longest shot which went just a few feet short of the “fence”.

As the HarbourCats’ Christian J. Stewart wrote, “A few batters came close despite the breeze, with Dartmouth’s Jake Sanford being named the winner thanks to his longest shot that landed just a few feet short of the target.

Despite the lack of home runs at the home run derby, the players and fans had a good time watching the event in a unique environment and a group of kayakers got their exercise in, retrieving balls from the water and returning them to the pier to be used again.”

The derby kicked off the Baseball Canada’s Senior Men’s Championships that start Thursday morning at 9:00 am with games at Royal Athletic Park (RAP) and Lambrick Park.

Visit the HarbourCats website for all of the championships details.