LOUISVILLE, KY (WJHG/WECP) Local baseball fans have a couple reasons to watch the College World Series beginning later this week in Omaha: J.J Bleday and Lucas Dunn.
Arnold alum Lucas Dunn works out Tuesday at Louisville in advance of trip to Omaha and the CWS!
Dunn, a 2017 graduate of Arnold High School, is now the starting centerfielder and lead off hitter for the Louisville Cardinals.
The Cards won their regional, then won two straight blowouts over East Carolina in their super regional to punch their ticket to Omaha.
Dunn, a sophomore, is hitting .309 this season and as it happens, he'll do battle against Bleday and Vandy in the first round Sunday afternoon.
"That's really cool," Dunn told reporters at the team's media availability Tuesday in Louisville. "I've been playing J.J. since high school. I don't know if anybody from Panama City has ever gone to Omaha. So to have two people in one year and to play each other for the first game is really exciting."
Bay County has been represented once before by Bay alum Kevin Humphreys, pitching for Auburn.
Lucas knows with two local reps, people are paying attention, saying he's hearing from fans in Bay County, along with family and friends who plan on traveling to Omaha.
"They're pretty excited, they're ready to tune in. We've got a lot of people coming up. So it's gonna be good to see some of them."
Asked what it means to have two Bay County kids in the CWS, Dunn replied, "that means a lot. I think it's gonna help the younger kids, give them more hope and they're gonna do well in the future."
NewsChannel7 Sports Director Scott Rossman spoke Tuesday afternoon with Lucas' father, Gary. He and his wife Panja are traveling to Omaha Friday, saying they can't wait for this experience!
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