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FARMINGTON — Bill Hood's Zach Clark did maybe the coolest thing of his life on Sunday afternoon.

Clark won the 2014 Connie Mack World Series Home Run Derby.

But it's what he did right after blasting the winning shot over the left field wall that left an impression: He flipped his bat and walked away from the plate.

"That's probably the coolest thing I've ever done, flip the bat," Clark said after being awarded the trophy.

The derby saw one player from each of the 10 teams compete. Teams chose their players, with many hosting their own competitions to decide their representative.

In round one of the derby, players were given eight outs to hit has many home runs as they could. The top four, plus ties, advanced to the second round.

Members of Bill Hood celebrate with Zach Clark on Sunday after he won the Connie Mack World Series Home Run Derby at Ricketts Park in Farmington.
Members of Bill Hood celebrate with Zach Clark on Sunday after he won the Connie Mack World Series Home Run Derby at Ricketts Park in Farmington. (Alexa Rogals/The Daily Times)

D-BAT Gallegos' Brenden Ventner highlighted the first round, knocking it over the left field wall eight times, including one stretch of five straight homers.

Ventner's eight home runs were the best of the first round, followed by five from South Troy's Danny Maynard and two each from D-BAT Leach's Blake Wiggins and Clark to advance to the second round.

In that round, Wiggins went without any home runs. Maynard tallied three to move on to the finals after Ventner hit a pair. Clark, the last to the plate, needed two home runs to advance, but he decided to keep going, saying stopping to conserve energy wasn't an option.

"I was going to try to put on a show for them," said Clark, who put up five home runs in the round. "Why not see how many more you can get? That's what it's about here."

In the final round, Maynard was at the plate first and was down to the final out before putting two home runs on the board.

Clark's first home run of the final round showed he meant business, driving the ball and drilling the center of the Jumbotron in left center field. A few pitches later, with just one out on the board, Clark hit his third homer, prompting the bat flip and a mobbing by his teammates.

To go with the win, Clark probably became the first player in any home run derby to be hit by a pitch.

"Yeah, that was an experience. I didn't wake up this morning thinking that was going to happen," Clark said about being pegged by a pitch from his coach, Chris Westcott.

Still, Clark said winning the derby was a great feeling.

"We've been talking about it for about two weeks now, just competing for who's going to be in it, and I ended up getting to compete," he said. "I didn't think I was going to win it, but it is what it is."

In the coaches' Fungo, Frozen Ropes manager Cory Thornton won the title, outpointing Bill Hood assistant Cole Catalano to prevent a Bill Hood sweep.

"I just did the best I could for these guys (his players) because they do the best they can for us every time they walk out there," said Thornton, who was lifted onto the shoulders of his players after winning the title.

The Fungo challenges the coaches' batting accuracy. In the event, coaches hit two balls to four barrels in the infield. They have the option of trying to hit home runs or into a net in center field and then hitting two pop-ups to the catcher. For each barrel, home run or net hit and successful pop-up, the coaches are awarded three, four or five points.

Karl Schneider covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648 and Follow him @karltschneider on Twitter.