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PG: Dacey powers way to Derby crown

Albany's Matt Dacey (Richmond 2013-14) in action at the PGCBL's All-Star Game Home Run Derby. Photo courtesy Dan Hickling/Flickr

From Perfect Game USA

NEWARK, N.Y. – Matt Dacey wasn’t originally supposed to participate in this week’s PGCBL All-Star Game festivities, but he was a late addition to the Home Run Derby, and powered his way to a derby victory.

The New Jersey native is a familiar face at PG events; he was a participant in 15 events in his amateur career. Dacey always displayed excellent power, and the power wasn’t contained at the PGCBL Home Run Derby.

Dacey struggled to get a feel for his stroke, recording five consecutive outs to begin his first round.

“I got to five outs pretty quick and I knew going in that I needed at least one to make the second round so that was my goal. Once I got a couple outs on the board I was like ‘If I can just get one to make it to the next round my swing is gonna come I know that.’ So that was my strategy going in and then as the rounds went on I found my stroke and the ball started carrying.”

Once Dacey found his stroke, he was in it to win it. He powered three home runs in the final round to take the victory over Buddy Putnam (USF/Glens Falls Golden Eagles), who homered twice in the final round.

Dacey was proudly representing the Albany Dutchmen.

“Being asked to do this by the Dutchmen is an honor. Just competing against these guys. Having fun out here hitting the ball as far as we can you know it’s a lot of fun. And watching the big leaguers on TV you don't understand how actually hard it is do that.

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