Steady rain all Friday afternoon and into the evening was not enough to deter a record turnout for the annual Home Run Derby at Migley Field.


The weather cleared up just before the start of the Derby, allowing 26 competitors to swing for the fences.  In the end, John Arndt continued his domination of the event, winning his fifth Golden Bat by defeating his son, Nate, in the finals, 3-2.


It was Nate's third runner-up finish in the past four years.


The new dimensions at Migley Field and a breeze out of the north made for a difficult Derby for even the top sluggers.  Arndt needed only 28 total home runs to navigate through the bracket this year, a considerable decrease from Andy Sieradzki's 105 in 2015.


It was the second year for the popular bracket format.

2016 Derby Champion John Arndt won his fifth Golden Bat, defeating his son, Nate, in the finals.  It was Nate's third runner-up in the last four years.

The Wiffle®Ball Championship is an official event of New Carlisle Hometown Days, Inc. Hometown Days is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing a fun-filled, family-oriented festival every July. The event weekend is a venue for many local churches, clubs, and other non-profit groups to conduct their biggest fundraisers of the year. All proceeds from The Championship help the Hometown Days committee in its effort to continue this summer tradition.


“WIFFLE”, the Wiffle Certification Mark and the image of the ball are registered trademarks owned by The Wiffle Ball, Inc. 

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