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On deck for a dream

Tantasqua shortstop drafted by Red Sox

Dan Kemp, who played basketball and baseball for Tantasqua until graduating earlier this month, was drafted by the Boston Red Sox last week in the Major League Baseball Draft. File photo. (click for larger version)
June 17, 2009
STURBRIDGE — It's mid-April and things are heating up in high school baseball, especially for one young man. This is around the time that the scouts began showing up to watch Dan Kemp play baseball for Tantasqua.

Now fast forward to the present, where Kemp has been drafted by the Boston Red Sox no more than a week ago. Kemp was picked in the 24th round by the Red Sox, 738th overall, only a week or two after finishing his final high school baseball season with a .472 batting average.

"It hasn't really hit me yet, and I don't think its really going to hit me until I have to make my decision. But it's still pretty cool. People are still coming up to me, and asking me about it. It's a good time, a happy time," said Kemp, so happy that even if you couldn't see his face you would still be able to hear him smiling.

The Red Sox weren't the only ones showing interest in Kemp this season. The Detroit Tigers also showed a strong interest in the Warriors' star shortstop.

See Wednesday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage.

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