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Arndt wins fifth Golden Bat

NEW CARLISLE- 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.


First Round:

Griffin Smith defeats Tyler Graeber, 1-0

CJ Daley defeats Brennen Kalicki, 0-0

Nick Arndt defeats Brandon Smith, 1-0

Wes Ellis defeats Tyler Dralle, 0-0

Jeremy Ross defeats Daivyn Davis, 0-0

Garrett Curless defeats Alex Friedman, 2-0

Shane Anderson defeats Tara Curless, 4-0

Kory Cavanaugh defeats Dallas Ryans, 0-0

John Arndt defeats Bradey Pittman, 5-0

Jordon Budreau defeats Sean Touhey, 1-0

Second Round:

Griffin Smith defeats Tony Koch, 5-1

Nick Arndt defeats CJ Daley, 2-0

Wes Ellis defeats Aidan Cotter, 6-4

Nate Arndt defeats Jeremy Ross, 4-1

John Premetz defeats Garrett Curless, 3-2

Shane Anderson defeats Kory Cavanaugh, 3-0

John Arndt defeats Grant Duncan, 7-3

Jordon Budreau defeats Drew Belue, 1-0

Third Round:

Griffin Smith defeats Nick Arndt, 5-5

Nate Arndt defeats Wes Ellis, 6-4

John Premetz defeats Shane Anderson, 4-0

John Arndt defeats Jordon Budreau, 7-0


Nate Arndt defeats Griffin Smith, 8-3

John Arndt defeats John Premetz, 3-2


John Arndt defeats Nate Arndt, 3-2

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