Rocky grad Anderson knocks home run for first pro hit

Rocky grad Anderson knocks home run for first pro hit

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Rocky Mountain High School graduate Cole Anderson signs autographs before playing in the home opener for the Grand Junction Rockies, the rookie league affiliate of the Colorado Rockies.

Rocky Mountain High School graduate Cole Anderson signs autographs before playing in the home opener for the Grand Junction Rockies, the rookie league affiliate of the Colorado Rockies.

The first one is always memorable, but Cole Anderson’s first hit as a professional baseball player was a little extra special.

The Rocky Mountain High School graduate hit a home run in his second at-bat of the Grand Junction Rockies home opener at Suplizio Field Monday night, breaking up a perfect game and giving him his first pro hit, RBI and home run all in one swing.

“To be honest I got it off the end of the bat and wasn’t sure it was going out,” Anderson said. “Once I heard the crowd cheering I knew it was gone. It was a pretty awesome feeling.”

Batting ninth in the lineup as the designated hitter, Anderson struck out looking in his first at-bat. In his second he took the first pitch straight to left field for a no doubter of a home run.

Anderson was picked in the 10th round of the 2015 MLB draft by the Colorado Rockies and signed his pro contract not long after, passing on a scholarship at the University of New Mexico.

Anderson finished the night 1-3 and the Orem Owlz beat the Rockies 8-2.

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