By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor
Medfield High School rising sophomore Kaelyn Larkin mashed her way to the top of the A Shot For Life Home Run Derby on Sunday, September 5, at Austin Prep in Reading.
Competing alongside teammate Bitsy Crowley, the All-Scholastic recipient and TVL MVP Larkin totaled an incredible 111 home runs through four rounds. Making Larkin's performance even more impressive is the level of talent she had to defeat in order to come out on top. After belting 37 bombs in the opening round, Larkin defeated AIC freshman and reigning champ Destiny McGrath (Norton) 31-28 in the semifinals, followed by a 31-18 victory over Providence College commit Ryanne Haynes (Bellingham) in the finals.
“I didn’t really have a high standard,” said Larkin. “It was raising money for a good cause, so I was just going out there to have fun.”
The Derby helped raise more than $40,000 for the Translational Brain Tumor Immunology Lab at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Medfield's Jack Goodman competed in the baseball derby on Saturday, September 4, and advanced to the Final 4. The event was won by Reading's Nick Marshall.
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