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Wakeland Graduate Hits Homer in Debut with Kansas City Royals

Aug 02, 2018

Wakeland High School Alum Ryan O'Hearn

A dream came true for Wakeland High School graduate Ryan O’Hearn on Tuesday night when he made his debut in Major League baseball with the Kansas City Royals. It got even better in his second at-bat, when he smashed a home run into the right-field stands at Guaranteed Rate Field, the home of the Chicago White Sox.

“It was a special day, and it’s something I’ll never forget,” O’Hearn told Fox Sports Kansas City. “I dreamed about this day for a long time, and it ended up being perfect.”

Here’s video of O’Hearn talking about his home run: https://www.foxsports.com/kansas-city/video/1289692739913 

O’Hearn, a 2011 Wakeland graduate, helped the Wolverines advance to the 4A state semifinals in 2010. His mother, Chris O’Hearn, is a counselor at Frisco ISD’s Robertson Elementary. Members of the O’Hearn family were in Chicago to see Ryan, who was in the Royals’ lineup as designated hitter, get his first major-league hit and home run with the same swing. 

O’Hearn played college baseball at Sam Houston State and was selected by the Royals in the eighth round of the 2014 MLB Draft.

Photo: @RoyalsFarm on Twitter

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