Senior Brendon Barr became the second Roff player in as many years to be selected to participate in the prestigious International Power Showcase Home Run Derby.
Barr will be one of nearly 100 athletes not only from across the United States but from around the world to compete in the 5th Annual event of its kind, scheduled for Dec. 28-30 at Chase Field in Phoenix Arizona.
Last year Roff graduate Brendan McCurry, the state and national career home run leader, participated in the Power Showcase held at Tropicana Field in Tampa, Florida.
“We are proud to have Brendon represent our program at this showcase,” Roff baseball coach Ead Simon told the Power Showcase organizers. “Brendon is a phenomenal young man on and off the field.”
Barr hit .413 at the plate and smashed 14 home runs last spring while helping the Tigers set the national home run record for a single season with 131. The Roff catcher also helped the Tigers advance to the Class B state tournament this past fall.
“On the field Brendon has tremendous potential with awesome bat speed and a strong arm. He has been catching for a little over one year and is still learning the position. However, he has the frame and mind needed to master the position,” Simon said.
Barr will be joined at the Power Showcase by fellow Oklahomans Ryan Ainsworth of Sterling High School and Cisco Factor of Yukon.
Barr and the other home run derby participants will also be contributing to the Home Runs That Help program, a community outreach initiative of the Power Showcase.
Home Runs That Help partners each player with a baseball fan from his area who is suffering from a life-threatening medical condition.
Barr’s partner is 5-year-old Lauryn Watkins of Ada, who is currently in the maintenance phase of her treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
The first home run Barr hits will be signed and labeled with the distance and later presented to Watkins. Her photo will also be shown on the JumboTron at Chase Field when Barr takes the plate and she will be able to watch via the Internet.
In addition, each POWER SHOWCASE participant will donate $50 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona for his participation in the event.