LUCASVILLE — Dakota Secrest is an up and coming baseball player from Lucasville. At 11 years old, he’s already been playing the game for six years. He has won two district little league championships at Valley Middle School and has also been playing for the Scioto River Socks.
Now, Dakota has been selected to play for the Great Lakes region in the USSSA All American Amateur league tournament.
“It a huge deal for us,” said his uncle, Matt Secrest. “Only 24 kids from our region get selected.”
The USSSA All American games consist of 16 teams, two from each region. Twelve kids make the cut for each team. Our region, the Great Lakes, is made up of five states: Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky, and Illinois. There are only three tryouts per region.
“We had to drive to Michigan just to try out,” said Matt. “It’s a really tough process. It was a huge eye opener for Dakota. Professionals and scouts run them and grade the kids on every facet of baseball.”
Dakota and his family will now travel to Orlando to participate in the tournament. It will take place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex located within Walt Disney World Resort. They will leave Friday, August 5th, to make it down for the start of the tournament which ranges from August 7th-13th.
“We go down to compete in the week long tournament,” said Matt. “It’s a big deal for a kid in this area. It is incredibly hard to be selected, especially from a small area like ours. He’s worked very hard the last few years.
“Dakota is very excited. He may not be excited for the long drive, but he can’t wait to get on the field. It’s going to be some very competitive baseball showcasing a lot of up and coming talent. He can’t wait.”
Dakota will pitch and play shortstop. Matt promises he will also showcase his power as he represents Scioto County at the national tournament.
“We have a room full of his home run balls,” he laughed. “Anytime a kid can represent such a small school district, such a small community in general it gives us all some recognition. I think it will be great for Dakota, and great for Scioto County.”