Salvaggio, a Stephen F. Austin commit, went on to hit four homers and took the early lead.
Oklahoma’s Hunter Southerland and Trent Robertson were shut out of the competition as neither were able to knock a ball out of the park.
Colton of Wesleyan School looked like he may make a run at Salvaggio when he posted two early homers. But the Samford commit couldn’t get anymore.
“This is my second time ever being in a home run derby,” Colton said. “The first time I never hit one out. My dad told me the key to this time was just take as many pitches as you can and if you get a good one, hit it as hard as you can. And I did. It was unreal. It was kind of a lift off my shoulders.”
While the derby is not a indicator of who will the Heartland Classic tournament title, Salvaggio said it does show Texas is serious about winning its fourth straight championship.
“It gives our team a confidence boost just knowing what we’ve got as a team,” Salvaggio said. “As a whole team, that’s how we play the game. We’ve got a big state so we have a lot to choose from. I know our talent and I know we can do a lot of good things with this talent on the team.”
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