Taralson Right On Target With Home Runs

Sioux Falls slugger competes at Target Field

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You don’t have to see where it lands to know that Josh Taralson can hit a softball a long way.

JOSH TARALSON:”I was always known as the kid who had the softball swing when we were playing baseball, that I had that little upper cut…”

It’s a skill the Sioux Falls native doesn’t take for granted, four years after a softball could have ended his life.

REGGIE SCHULTE-Teammate:”It was just a fluke thing. All the times you take batting practice and it’s the same old, same old…

JOSH:”By the time I turned around and my teammates were yelling at me and the ball struck me in the head and I had no chance to dodge it…it just dropped me…”

REGGIE:”It just snuck over the net so, it was unfortunate but I’m just glad to see he’s out here playing hard…”

Since then Josh has played for a traveling team out of Omaha.

JOSH:”God kept me here and I ‘m lucky to still be alive so I said from that moment if there’s anything that you want me to do then I’ll go ahead and do it…”

It all paid off one month ago at the Fireman’s Home Run Derby in Bloomington.

JOSH:”I wasn’t going to do it but some friends told me to do it on the team and stuff so it’s 2 weeks later and I still can’t believe that I won it…”

The prize was a chance to hit at Target Field, competing in the Long Haul Bombers homerun derby on July 30th.

JOSH:”I was just really overwhelmed. It was like wow…that’s crazy!”

The kid who grew up dreaming of playing in a major league stadium more than held his own, finishing third with eight home runs.

JOSH:”When I got in there it was so crazy because you see it on TV, the signs and the scoreboard. It was just great to have my family there and friends to support me…”

From Sioux Falls to Target Field. Not so far when you’ve come as far, and can hit the ball as far, as Josh Taralson.

Zach Borg, KDLT Sports.