Glenwood’s Hailey bound for Hastings
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
As his team’s top pitcher and hitter, Patrick Hailey meant much to Glenwood Springs High School’s baseball program. Enough that he earned a shot to play at the next level.
Hailey, an imposing 6-foot-5 right hander, is bound for Hastings College in Nebraska, where he’ll likely focus on pitching. And, even though he owned a batting average that hovered around .500 his senior season, that is fine by him.
“I think it’s more fun,” he said. “It’s just that you pretty much have all the pressure on you for the game. You screw up and your team loses. If you do well, then your team has a chance to win.”
Hailey grew up a staple in all the local youth baseball circuits, beginning with
T-ball as a 6-year-old. The baseball diamond has always been the center of his sports world, even though he played basketball until his senior year of high school.
“Baseball’s always been my favorite sport,” Hailey said. “I pretty much do other sports to get in shape for baseball. I just like how humbling it is. You strike out two times, but get that one hit and that one hit feels that great that you want to keep on doing it more.”
The game will only grow more humbling as Hailey leaps to the collegiate level. Hastings is a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) school and a member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference.
Hailey chose Hastings after a visit. The size of the school, the city and the baseball field were draws.
“It’s pretty small,” he said. “It’s like 2,000 kids, I think – around there. I like the town. It’s not ginormous. And they have a pretty big baseball field. As a pitcher, I enjoyed that.”
Most of all, Hailey is just happy to have a chance to play in college and fulfill a long-held objective.
“This has pretty much been my dream since I was a little kid,” he said.
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Montrose will pose a tough challenge for the Demons to win their home tournament. “They’re a team that every year has a well-disciplined program that executes, plays hard and is well-coached,” Glenwood coach Fred Heisel said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun.” Game time is 2:30 p.m. at Spencer-Chavez Gymnasium at GSHS.