CJ Bump, 7, prepares to swing during the Home Run Derby at Steve Cox Memorial Park on Saturday.
SLIDESHOW: Southwest hosts home run derby
By Tim Clinton
Baseballs fill the air at Steve Cox Memorial Park in White Center, arching toward a blue sky.
They are being launched by young players in the Southwest Little League charter, who are gathered for a home run derby prior to the organization's annual picnic held Saturday.
Players from the Southwest "coach-pitch" league were the first to take their place in the batter's box, swinging at offerings from their coaches.
Next up were the T-ballers, trying for the fences from tees.
These youngsters are all too young for District 7 Tournament of Champions and All-Star play, which tee off with the T.O.C. at the Normandy Park City Hall Fields on Friday.
The championship games for the Minors and Majors baseball age groups will both take place on separate fields at the complex at 6 p.m. Monday, June 16. All-Star teams will be picked after that to begin District 7 play June 28.
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