Puyallup High School senior Quinn Rawson tested his baseball skills against some of the best in the nation during the Area Code games Aug. 5-10 in Long Beach, Calif.
Rawson, who already has committed to play baseball for the University of New Mexico in 2015, said he got the chance to play in five games and was used primarily as a designated hitter.
“Playing in the Area Code games has made me a better baseball player,” he said. “The pitchers I was facing all threw really hard. There wasn’t a guy there throwing under 87 (mph). The level of competition was incredible, and this is going to prepare me for better competition I will face in the future.”
Rawson said he was the only individual he knew of from the region who played in the games.
“It felt really good to represent the Puyallup area,” he said. “There was a lot of good players here from all parts of the country. I was blessed to have this opportunity. Some of our games were on ESPN 3, which was special.”
Rawson said it was humbling to play against top-flight competition.
“Playing on this stage is a reality check and lets you know that you’re not the best,” he said. “There is always room for improvement. I had a good time and had a couple of solid hits.”
Puyallup High School head coach Marc Wiese was glad Rawson got a chance to experience the Area Code games.
“It was an honor for Quinn to go down there and play with and against the best players in the entire country,” Wiese said. “The Area Code games have some of the best prospects playing in the country. It is one of those moments he will never forget.”
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