Lakota West Varsity Baseball Players Share Their Story of Friendship
Last month, Lakota West Varsity Baseball made its first state semifinal appearance since 2008, reaching a milestone for the school and a dream for many of its team members. Though the team lost to Massillon Jackson 5-1 on June 2, it was the end to a great season. The Firebirds set a new school record for stolen bases (94) this season, and Lakota West head coach Greg Leurck was named GMC and All-City Coach of the Year. For three teammates, who first played together at age seven, a trip to the state semifinals was a dream come true.
Players Corey Peters, A.J. Petersen and Keegan Fish witnessed Lakota West play in the championship in 2007 (see photo) when they were elementary students.
“Being at the state championship game in 2007, it became a dream of mine to play in that atmosphere. I knew how difficult it would be to get there, so it definitely always seemed a little out of reach,” says Fish, who is heading into his senior year at Lakota West.
“Playing for a state championship at Lakota West is going to be something I remember for the rest of my life,” adds Petersen. “Representing this school and playing with these boys has been absolutely amazing the entire year.”
While the outcome was not what the three friends had hoped, Peters recognizes the significance in making it to the semifinals. “It was an honor to play for Lakota West with a chance to be the best in Ohio, especially a senior. Everyone on the team is a good player and an even better teammate,” Peters says.
Congratulations to the Lakota West Varsity Baseball Team, and especially to three young friends who had big dreams of heading to state.