Greenville baseball player has rare opportunity at MLB homerun derby

Owen Black will participate in a home run derby for his age group at the site of the upcoming MLB All-Star Game in Washington. (Ashley Boles, NewsChannel 12 photo)

Owen Black certainly has an amazing swing for someone his age.

"His afternoon consists of hitting soft toss, working on the tee at home with his dad and going to the cages," said his coach, Brandon Peebles.

Black, 13, will have a pretty big day on Saturday. He's one of eight athletes in the country taking a swing at the MLB Home Run Derby tournament at Nationals Park in Washington, site of next week's All-Star Game.

"Yeah, I mean any major league field to be able to hit on is just amazing," Black said.

"He works really hard and I'm really proud of him," Peebles said. "My entire team is proud of him."

Black had to qualify for the tournament, beating the player in front of him by nine runs. As for this weekend, Black wants "to do the best I can do. I mean, whatever happens, happens."

Peebles said Black has big plans for his future in the sport.

"I'm gonna watch him play college baseball one day," Peebles said. "I don't know where but one day, I'll be able to say 'I coached that kid'."

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