Parents anxious for JUCO success

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Cochise College wasn’t ready to lose.

In a game that they had dominated from the start, it seemed the outcome for Saturday night’s championship game was clear.

And then the Trojans fought back.

Kathy and Eric Hale, parents of Nathan Hale, centerfielder and leadoff hitter for the Apaches of Cochise, felt very confident before the game. They spoke of Cochise baseball team’s successes this year, and what it would mean to their son – and the rest of the team – if they could win the trophy.

The Hale’s drove eight hours from Las Vegas using a week of vacation time at work.

“We had to leave our daughter at home. She’s graduating [high school] and had tests to take. Our son misses her a lot,” Kathy said.

The Hale’s enjoyed their vacation time in Grand Junction, and the experience of watching their son play in the Junior College World Series.

“We were told about the experience here… [Nathan’s] a sophomore; he’s done great things and this is his last chance to go out big,” Eric said.

Although Cochise wasn’t able to walk away with a win, JUCO creates opportunities for these players to enter Division 1 schools or the Major Leagues.

“Three more D1 colleges have called him because they’ve seen him out here. I even get phone calls,” Eric said.

So far, schools like Kansas State, Kentucky, Texas Southern and University of Las Vegas had contacted Nathan.

Though, the Hale’s were persistent on the impending success of Cochise College, they admitted it had been an exciting ride. They said no matter what happened this was the best team they’ve had in a while.



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