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Postcards from spring break: Palmer gets taste of talented pitching

March 27, 2014 Updated: March 27, 2014 at 10:15 pm
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photo - The Palmer baseball team sits for a photo during their trip to Phoenix for the Coach Bob National Invitational this week. Photo courtesy Mike Hagen
The Palmer baseball team sits for a photo during their trip to Phoenix for the Coach Bob National Invitational this week. Photo courtesy Mike Hagen 

Most of the Palmer baseball team may have watched from the grassy outfield as the Royals and Mariners played at Surprise Stadium in Surprise, Ariz.

But a number of them made sure to see major league pitching up close.

On Tuesday night, several players worked their way into seats behind home plate for the last few innings of the spring training game.

"It was pretty cool how much they focus," senior Waseem Qureshi said Thursday, during the first day of a two-day bus ride back to Colorado. "I learned a lot."

For the second consecutive season, Mike Hagen's Terrors made the trek to Arizona for the Coach Bob National Tournament. The Terrors went 0-4 but saw some terrific talent on the way, and not just on the major league field. Hagen said the starter for Tualatin (Ore.) in Tuesday's loss ranks among the nation's top junior recruits.

"He was throwing like 85 (mph) with an incredible curve ball," Hagen said. "Overall, the experience of playing these players is just awesome for the kids."

Qureshi, who made the trip last year but had only one at-bat, played in all four games in the Arizona tournament this season.

"I think it was really important," Qureshi said. "I don't think I'll be playing college baseball, so it was awesome. I'm never ever going to forget this trip."

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