Palisade baseball trio makes college choices
After going 18-3 and qualifying for the Class 4A state playoffs, the Palisade High School baseball program is sending a trio of players to the next level.
Center fielder Cole Cummins and pitcher Kameron Pfaff are headed to Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, and shortstop Caleb Hall plans to play at Phoenix College.
All have made verbal commitments.
About two months ago, Cummins, who hit .581, and Pfaff, who was 7-1 with a 1.24 ERA and 57 strikeouts, had tryouts in Sterling.
“My favorite part is how the team, even though we were just there trying out, seemed interested in us,” Pfaff said. “They didn’t act like they were way cooler than us. They were actually excited for us to be there.”
Cummins said he chose to play at Northeastern because of its facilities and coaching staff.
“And the team seemed like a good bunch of guys to play with,” he said.
Hall, who batted .367 with five doubles and was 10 for 10 on stolen-base attempts, will head to Phoenix College, where he said he can benefit from warm weather that will allow him to play year-round.
“I want to be down there a year and get better and eventually transfer to a bigger school,” Hall said. “It would be cool to come back here and play at Mesa. The dream would be to transfer to a Division I school somewhere. But the main goal is getting a lot better.”
Hall, who wore goggles during the basketball season, said he was diagnosed in eighth grade with Terrin’s marginal degeneration, which produces, in part, corneal thinning. Hall said the cornea of his right eye has been degenerated by 90 percent.
“If I get hit in the right eye, I’d go blind,” he said. “And I really suffer in the hot weather, so I’m worried about how I’ll do weather-wise.”
Hall said he expects to play his high school position of shortstop with Phoenix.
Like any high school graduates playing athletics in college, the time has come to said goodbye to friends.
“It’s kind of sad,” Cummins said. “I’m definitely going to miss playing with that team. It’s definitely the best team I’ve ever been able to play with.”