Clayton Valley Charter High won the Home Run Derby at Winter Chevrolet Stadium in Pittsburg before the Pittsburg Diamonds game on Sunday, August 21; then beats Jose Canseco. CV players, James Biles and Bill Ralston, defeated seven other high schools for the right to challenge Jose Canseco in a Home Run Derby.
Freedom, Heritage, Antioch, Pittsburg, Castro Valley, Granada, and Liberty High competed. Each school was represented by two hitters. Biles and Ralston easily won the high school elimination round as each hit 4 home runs apiece in two minutes for a total of 8 home runs. The second closest school only hit three home runs total. Three top scoring schools advanced to a second round where each batter got 10 “outs” (no home run). Neither of the other schools nor Ralston were successful, but Biles hit a walk-off homerun to end the round to send Clayton Valley to the finals against Jose Canseco.
Biles and Ralston duo then went on to beat Canseco and team owner Shah, 4-3. Canseco was belting them long and often during warm up, but failed to repeat the feat during the final round against Clayton Valley. Above is Biles’s game ending Home run swing.
Afterwards, Canseco was close up and personal with a long line of fans giving Autographs and photos with all who waited. He was scheduled to play in the night’s game, but sat out due to a knee injury.
At the last Pittsburg Diamonds Home Game, Biles and Ralstons returned to receive autograph bats in a pre-game ceremony with Pittsburg City Mayor Ben Johnson.
This was an exceptional treat for the Pittsburg and area communities. We certainly hope Canseco returns to Pittsburg Diamonds next year . This year’s season comes to a close.