Today: Barry Church's Home Run Derby; Tomorrow: Barry Church's Defense?

Next season it may be Barry Church’s defense.  Wednesday night it was his Home Run Derby.

Church, who may find himself as the default leader of the Cowboys’ in the wake of DeMarcus Ware’s release and Sean Lee’s injury, outlasted teammate Jason Witten Wednesday night to win the third annual Reliant Energy Home Run Derby at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

The event again raised money for the Salvation Army, with eight players and head coach Jason Garrett taking swings at the fences normally reserved for Rangers’ bombs.

Church’s 10 “homers” raised $8,400, barely edging Witten and running back DeMarco Murray. In all the Cowboys hit 33 dingers, though none of them actually cleared the outfield wall but instead temporary fencing set up for the event.

Over $50,000 was raised for charity via the event, which was won in ’12 by Garrett and in ’13 by former defensive lineman Jason Hatcher.

A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.

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