The Evansville Otters will have two players competing in the Frontier League Home Run Derby presented by MK Orthopedics on Tuesday, July 11, in Joliet, Ill.

Frontier League home run leader Jeff Gardner will be one of two players representing the defending league champion at the derby. Gardner has 13 home runs so far this season and a .563 slugging percentage.

Dane Phillips is the other Otter competing in the event and he is tied for eighth in home runs with nine. Phillips' slugging percentage is .567.

Evansville is the lone team with multiple players competing in the derby.

The derby will start at 7:05 p.m. inside Slammer Stadium and features 12 players competing in three rounds. The top six with the most home runs will advance to the second round and the best three from that group will advance to the third round. The hitter with the most home runs in the third round will be the 2017 Frontier League Home Run Derby champion.

Ties in any round will be broken by a 60-second swing-off. If a tie remains after that, batters will engage in successive three-swing swing-offs until a winner is determined. Each batter will have a 20-second timeout in the second and third rounds. will have coverage of All-Star festivities in Joliet so check back for updates throughout the week.

The Otters will travel to Gateway on Friday for the first game of a three-game weekend series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. and Lucas Corley will provide coverage on WUEV 91.5 FM.

The Evansville Otters are the 2006 and 2016 Frontier League champions. Group packages and single game tickets are now on sale. For more information, visit or call 812-435-8686.

-by Zane Clodfelter, Evansville Otters Communications Manager I Public Address Announcer  

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