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Bandits Blast CPBL Home
Andrew Campbell wins CPBL Home Run Derby
07/08/2018 6:08 PM ET
 

The Brisbane Bandits were honoured to be invited to send two players for the Chinese Professional Baseball Leagues All Star Festivities. 

Andrew Campbell and Logan Wade were chosen as the Bandits representatives to attend the weekend gala event. 
Flying out on Thursday with EVA Airlines direct from Brisbane to Taipei.

After two days of celebrations the home run derby took place on Sunday before a fan filled Teinmu Stadium. 

Both Wade and Campbell blasted 4 home runs a piece out the yard in the first round with only Chang Chih Hao aka Hollywood getting past them with 6 homers. 

The final round came down to a battle between Chang and Campbell. After a tense 20 minute shoot out Andrew Campbell claimed the prize going down in history not only as the first international invitee but first international winner. 

Claiming the trophy in one of the four top world leagues is a another playing highlight for Campbell.
"It means so much to me, I've been working so hard to achieve success, so coming off the back of three Consecutive Australian Baseball League Championships to come to Taiwan and win the home run derby against the best hitters in Taiwan is amazing. I thank my coach David Nilsson who worked with me every week in the lead up to this tournament and Mark Ready my Boss for giving me this opportunity.
It's just fantastic for Australian Baseball." said Campbell. 

The other Bandit Logan Wade also blasted balls out of the park coming down to a tie breaker between him and Campbell to move into the final round. 
The CPBL narrowly avoided an all Australian finale.

Wade said, "It's been amazing, the hospitality, the love, they treated us like family. What we have seen of Taiwan is beautiful, Taipei is a fun place. I would definitely love to come back here and play again." 

The Brisbane Bandits owner CEO Mark Ready said "I'm honoured to have our boys invited to participate in the CPBL Home Run Derby.
I'm very proud of Logan and Andrew, they have excelled on and off the field as ambassadors for Brisbane, for their state, their country and baseball.
The leadership of the CPBL is dynamic and forward thinking in creating ways to extend their Taiwanese brand around the world. Brisbane has been the natural home of Taiwanese players taking part in the ABL and this is just another way to continue the collaboration between Taiwan and Australia."

The boys will continue their time in Taiwan with a few celebrations and interviews before flying back to Brisbane on Tuesday.

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.