Caravel's Emily Proffitt connects on a grand slam against Padua

Caravel's Emily Proffitt connects on a grand slam against Padua

Caravel is hoping the power of the home run can help bring awareness to the dangers of addiction.

The Bucs are hosting the first "atTAck addiction Home Run Derby" on Friday night at 5:30.

It will begin a 2-day event, before Saturday's 6-game showcase featuring Delaware's 4 top-ranked teams in Appoquinimink, DMA, Smyrna, and Caravel.

Caravel Manager Tony Peterson said the Derby is open to high schoolers from any school, even if they're not in the event. He just asks that they bring their school's uniform, the $20 entry fee, and an open mind to learn about a cause that means a lot to the Caravel community.

"We're really just trying to bring awareness to all the athletes in the area. Injuries sometimes lead to pain medications, and some get addicted that way."

atTAcK addiction was started in the memory of Tyler Armstrong Keister, who died after an accidental overdose. The organization says their goal "is to help young people realize the dangers of alcohol and drugs so that they and their families never have to experience the pain, tragedy, and loneliness that accompany addiction."

Friday's derby will feature four rounds, with the winner receiving a 45" trophy, and the runner-up taking home at 35" trophy. Local softball umpires are volunteering their time to help judge the competition.

For more information, you can reach Tony Peterson at