MARK SCHAFER | DAILY TIMES HERALD
Jameson Hart makes contact with one of his six final-round home runs during Sunday's home run derby held in Merchants Park. Hart hit five home runs in the first round, and six home runs in the final round to be crowned champion.
MARK SCHAFER | DAILY TIMES HERALD Jameson Hart makes contact with one of his six final-round home runs during Sunday's home run derby held in Merchants Park. Hart hit five home runs in the first round, and six home runs in the final round to be crowned champion.
What may have been a disadvantage was quickly turned into an advantage.

“I feel like since I had to go first I might as well set a high bar and put the pressure on (Mitch Barrow) right away,” said home run derby champion, Jameson Hart of the Storm Lake Whitecaps. “Honestly I would have rather gone second. I just wanted to try and set a high bar, and it looked like I did. He’s an unbelievable hitter.”

Hart, who hit five home runs in the first round squared off against Albert Lea’s Mitch Barrow, who entered the final round after smacking eight home runs in the first round.

In the final round, Hart started off slowly, but built his way to six home runs in the final round.

He set the bar high enough.

Perhaps Barrow was tired from his efforts in the first round. In the second round Barrow only sent three pitches over the fence this time.

For Hart he surprised himself by winning the title.

“It’s awesome,” Hart said about being part of the home run derby. “Usually in batting practice before a game you don’t get to watch to see where some of the balls will land. You’re just hitting to try and get ready for the game. It was fun to see how far I could hit the ball. I didn’t think I had that much power in me, but I’m happy with myself.”