Cadence Beck, a member of Marana Little League’s Majors team team this summer, advanced to the Little League Home Run Derby at Williamsport, Pa., next month after qualifying during the West Regional Finals in Seattle on Sunday.
Beck was one of the top 10 home run hitters invited to compete in the regional finals at T-Mobile Stadium in Seattle, and she started strong with five home runs in Round 1 that put her in first place heading into Round 2.
She hit two home runs in Round 2, giving her enough cumulative home runs to advance to Round 3, which included the final four competitors. The top four from the region advance to Williamsport for the home run derby on Aug. 24 during the Little League World Series.
Beck lost in the head-to-head competition in Round 3 but hit two more home runs, giving her nine overall.
The top four in the West and East comprise the eight competitors vying for the home run derby title next month.
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