The Seward Optimist Club hosted the annual Major League Baseball Jr. Home Run Derby competition at the Plum Creek Sports Complex in Seward, on April 16, 2018. Dakota Thomas, Lincoln, was the 14U Champ with 6 Home Runs. Carl Taylor, Seward, was the 12U Champ with 2 Home Runs. Both will have the opportunity to compete in the Regional Competition, date and details not yet announced, but held last year in Kansas City. Regional Champions will then travel for the National Championships to be held in Washington DC, during MLB All-Star Week, an all expense paid trip for two.