FAIRBANKS, Alaska Two interior softball players earned invitations to a national development camp hosted by Major League Baseball and USA Softball. Lathrop's Jaelynn Accola and North Pole's Janice Dykes will be heading to the Softball Breakthrough Series.
This camp is held over Memorial Day Weekend in Kansas City, Missouri. They host the top 60 High School Softball Prospects in the nation. The athletes will have a chance to work on their game while showing off their talents to college recruiters. Accola and Dykes will get the once in a lifetime opportunity to learn from five Olympians as well as MLB executives and current as well as former members of team USA.
To Accola, this invitation feels like hard work paying off.
"We definitely put in a lot of blood sweat and tears on the field," said the Lathrop Junior, "so to know that it's being recognized by people down in the Lower 48 where they play ball 24/7... I think that we're good enough to make that sixty selection is really really cool."
Dykes also sees this camp as an opportunity to get noticed. The North Pole Pitcher noted that "Being from Alaska we don't get that opportunity a lot so knowing that we were able to make it at that level, and now we're going, it feels pretty good. And going down there, I'm excited to see what we both can bring."
The Camp runs from May 24th through the 26th. They will be able to return just in time for the State Championship Tournament if their teams advance that far.