As a junior this past season, River Ridge pitcher/first baseman Jason Heinrich led the North Suncoast with seven home runs.
The Times' North Suncoast Player of the Year hopes his mighty bat won't fail him this weekend.
Heinrich is the lone area player competing in Sunday's junior home run derby at Target Field in Minnesota, all part of the MLB All-Star Game festivities. The contest will air live on MLB.com at 9 a.m., before the All-Star Futures Game.
Eight players are in the junior derby field, with the top two moving on to Monday's main-event home run derby with the pros.
Heinrich, a UCF commit, also hit .534 last season, and was pretty stellar on the mound with a 9-1 record and 70 strikeouts.