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Wyckoff Native to Play in College Home Run Derby

Matt Dacey is one of only eight players from around the country selected to compete in the televised event.

A Wyckoff native will be in the college Home Run Derby airing on ESPN Thursday night, his college reported.

According to a post on the University of Richmond's website, Spider Baseball player Matt Dacey was selected to play in the 5th Annual TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby. The Derby will feature eight collage baseball players from across the country in an event at TD Ameritrade Park in Nebraska, the home of the NCAA College World Series.

The Derby, which airs on ESPN at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, will feature three elimination rounds of play during which each contestant tries to hit as many home runs as possible before logging 10 outs or hits that don't result in home runs, the post said.

“We couldn’t be more excited for Matt to participate in the College Home Run Derby,” Richmond head coach Tracy Woodson said in the post. 

“Matt had a great season for us and has continued that this summer. It’s not only great for Matt to be participating, but also for the Spider Baseball program”

Dacey was excited, too.

“When Coach Woodson called me and told me that I'd been selected I was speechless,” Dacey said in the post. 

“Representing Richmond baseball on a national scale is going to be a huge honor and I'm incredibly humbled to be recognized as a participant in the TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby. I'm beyond excited for this opportunity and I can't wait to compete in Omaha.”

Dacey started out playing rec and travel baseball at age 7, and played at Don Bosco Prep in high school. 

Check out his competition here.

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