Catching up with Blake Dean

Published: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 02:44 PM.

Having transitioned from high school baseball to college baseball, Blake knows what it takes to succeed at Louisiana State. He is more than happy to pass along his wisdom to Dakota.

"I guess the biggest advice is you just have to know how to do the fundamentals of baseball," he said. "You've got to know how to bunt. You have to play the game hard.

You can't make mental mistakes. (LSU head coach Paul) Maneri looks for his guys that can do stuff — and he doesn't have to teach them — because they already know the game.

 Blake said Dakota — and any other player who plays for Crestview High baseball coach Tim Gillis — has learned to play the game the right way.

"Coach Gillis most certainly prepares those guys for the next level well," he said. "He's been around the game so he knows what to do with them."

High school memories

Blake doesn't get to come back to Crestview much these days, but when he does return home, the memories come flooding back to those early years when he was learning the game.

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