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No.1 Top Story: Dewitt

Sunday, June 27, 2004

Blake DeWitt is congratulated by Mitch Webster.
SIKESTON - Everyone knew Sikeston High School star Blake DeWitt was going to be selected in the Major League Baseball draft.

And most thought it would be pretty high. But skeptics still figured he would slip to the third to fifth rounds.

They couldn't have been more wrong. Since last summer DeWitt had received an enormous amount of attention from college recruiters and major league scouts and it all came to a head earlier this month.

DeWitt was nabbed in the first round with the 28th pick by the Los Angeles Dodgers, which immediately sent shockwaves throughout the community of Sikeston and the surrounding area.

Nothing like this had ever happened.

All of a sudden, DeWitt was one of, if not the highest draft pick to ever come out of southeast Missouri.

Word spread quickly of DeWitt's selection and pretty soon afterwards the majority of Sikeston, sports fans or not, caught wind of it.

Only a week passed before DeWitt signed with the Dodgers for $1.2 million in front of a large contingent at the high school, and then he was off to Ogden, Utah where he is currently playing for the Dodgers' Rookie League team.

DeWitt ended his high school career shattering nearly every record at Sikeston High School and also finished as the record holder of at least seven Missouri career records. He was named a first team All-American by Baseball America.

-- Derek James