GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) - Only eight players across the country will be playing in this weekend's MLB Jr. Homerun Derby in Washington, D.C., and Owen Black, 13, is one of those players.
"It feels amazing. It's a once in a lifetime experience," said Owen. "I just trained and hit a lot and it paid off."
After hitting 27 home runs to qualify, Owen is the only player to represent North Carolina in the 14-U division.
Owen is from Murfreesboro and currently plays for the Carolina Titans based out of Elizabeth City. His coach said he is not only a leader, but a legacy leader for his team.
"Owen is a phenomenal young man to coach on and off the field. He is a leader on our team he works really hard. He is not really big into video games, he is not a Fortnite player. His afternoon consists of working with the tee at home with his dad in the cages. Just a great young man to coach," said Brandon Peebles.
"He has put me in some places where I have to lead the team a little bit, just help out and, it feels good that somebody would put me in the position," said Owen.
And not only is Coach Peebles proud of Owen but so is his mom, Michelle.
"Its unbelievable, its unbelievable. I have chills right now thinking about it. I have very excited for him, I am very excited for him for this opportunity. He is very excited about this, and to know that he is one of eight athletes across the United States is just an honor."
When it comes playing college or pro-ball, Owen told 9OYS he isn't looking too far into the future right now, but he is planning on having a great time at Nationals Park this weekend.
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