LaDonis Bryant Wins 2013 Wiregrass HR Derby

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(REHOBETH)--The 2013 Wiregrass Home Run Derby had fewer participants this year than last, but the excitement remained the same.

The Finals came down to three: Opp's Ethan King, Rehobeth's Brandon Cobb and Early County's LaDonis Bryant.

Bryant says it doesn't serve as motivation for this upcoming season because he's not a home run hitter. But he was happy to take home the hardware.

"It feels great. It makes me feel like I'm one of the top prospects down here," said Bryant.

"I want to get better as I go on and I saw a professional guy hit and I'm trying to learn some stuff from him," he said.

The professional guy was Clint Robinson, now with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Robinson was a standout at Northview and Troy. He gave a few pointers to the derby contestants.

""Just enjoy playing the game, ya know? Don't put too much into this or worry too much when the season comes around," said Robinson.

He continued, "Just get out there and enjoy yourself. Work hard when you get the chance and ya know, when it comes, just embrace it for what it is and you get to play baseball," he said.

Robinson also talked about what coming back to be a part of the 19th Annual Wiregrass Home Run Derby means to him, personally.

"I'm glad to be back. You know this is home for me. I live in Fayetville, Arkansas now in the off season but anytime I get a chance to come back here and enjoy this, this special event with all these high school guys, it's really fun, I enjoy coming back," he said.

Robinson will head to Pirates training camp in a few weeks and he's hoping to make a positive impact within the organization.

"It's a really competitive organization..but I've worked hard this off-season. So I'm just going to go in there and try to take an opportunity and run with it."

The high school season for LaDonis Bryant and the Bobcats begins February 18th. For Robinson, players will report to camp this week and spring training kicks off February 23rd.

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