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THE SENTINEL -- WEDNESDAY, JULY 2, 2003 -- All by T ^ gon player ,trafted WILHELM right out of high sch,a,al 'pride shines as Jordan Pratt makes his way from little league into the big leagues Smart, he's athletic, he's professional. is enough to make any grandparent proud. I ask Wes and Joyce Hedeen of Coquille. Pratt is the oldest of Eleven grandkids keeps Joyce busy making mere- that detail everything from their birth to their feats in school be 18, but he's kept Joyce busy full-time. sent Pratt his memory book. It was about this big," Joyce her hands six inches apart. "He's had so many newspaper the years, we just had to keep adding pages." one of Pratt's scrapbook collection. The second vol- works and promises to be bigger. Pratt just graduated from in Independence and went straight into professional base- 18-year-old was hired to play for the Los Angeles Dodgers. fifth round of the Major Baseball League drat't, he also honor of being the first Oregon high school ball player draft- most high school graduates spend this summer preparing for is playing ball for the Ogden Raptors, the Dodger's new A- club. The Utah team is a stepping stone into major league good for Utah, he may find a spot on the Dodger's )irectory Joyce Hedeen of Coquille, pore over news clip- their grandson Jordan Pratt. Less than a after graduating high school in Independence, embarked on a professional baseball career with ers. "Jordan has wanted to'pitch in major leagues since he was six years old," Wes said. "He was pretty determined. I have to admit ! didn't give much credence to that, until the last two years." It's been an exciting couple years. Before then, the Hedeens, Pratt's aunt and uncle Karen and Tim Pflaum traveled from Coquillc to watch Pratt play baseball. Over that length of time, they noticed other familiar faces were traveling to the games with them. Talent scouts. "There were up to 15 scouts at a time watching Jordan play," Wes said, adding proudly, "He knew they were there, and it didn't even phase him. He just did his job and won every game." Scouts were impressed. In fact, even before his senior year started, Pratt had agreed to play ball for Washington State University. Then he played his best year yet--as pitcher for lndependence's Central High, Pratt struck out 107 batters in 65 innings while earning a .500 batting average. He also earned the title of Oregon's best pitching prospect, a prediction that came true when the Dodgers tapped him on the shoulder with an offer he couldn't refuse. "It's exciting. He's going to see what professional ball is like, but he said he will go back to school," Joyce said. "We want him to have fun, but we also want him to have an educa- tion," Wes added. The Dodgers also support Pratt going to school, proving their com- mitment by including an education package as part of Pratt's agreement with the ball club. The Dodgers are One of the few national teams that make a habit of hiring players from high school--50 of their 85 picks have just earned their high school diplomas. Last week, Pratt joined his first professional starting line-up. He pitched two and a third innings, meeting his pitching limit, in last Friday's Raptor game. In the process, Pratt threw his first professional strike-out and held the competition to one earned run. It's the latest memory/br the Hedeens. They still remember when he started playing Little League ball in Cedar Mill. He was just a little six- year-old guy then. A tough guy, though. "Jordan's always been tough," Wes said, recalling the time a pint- sized Pratt broke his arm, and instead of whimpering while his arm was being set, he asked the doctor questions about what he was doing. "He's always been tough and very competitive," Wes said. "He's always been a well-rounded boy. He's not just all sports, he's also a smart boy, he always got good grades. Thats just the kind of kid he is, and that's why the Dodgers said they wanted him. They knew he was smart and teachable." Pratt peaked in high school. Not only did he help his baseball team earn state'titles both years, he was a k'ey [layer on his football team .nd was leading scorer on the basketball team that earned state-runner up titles two years in a row, years that saw him on the state MVP list. In the baseball scheme of things, Pratt earned MVP for all of Oregon 3A teams this year. He also developed a 95 m.p.h, last ball. That's a feat that brings a grin to Wes's face. "I used to be able to play catch with him, hut by the time he got to junior high, I just couldn't catch anymore, he was just too last," he laughed. Wes and Joyce were always around to watch Pratt play, though. Now, until they find time to travel to one of his games, they can listen to Pratt play on the radio, and someday plan to watch him play Dodger ball on TV. Until then, they have ten other grandkids to cheer for at their own games. Including Pratt's three younger brothers. Joesph, John and Jesse all have the same love for baseball. Joesph is the closest to Pratt's foot- steps--as a freshman last season, he played alongside his big brother on the varsity squad. Ruth season finals WILHELM baseball ends this week. All Star play is now in the cards guys on Coquille's 13 to 15 year-old baseball teams. will join Myrtle Point, Bandon, Reedsport and Port form the Gold Coast All Star squad with action beginning this Sunday at Clyde Allen Field. In the future, though. There's still a few swings of the bat left season. The Timberline Taxidermy squad ends their year at home at 5:45 against Myrtle Point and the Tri-County team wrapped things up at home on Thursday at 6 the Tri-County boys lit things up, winning three of four first three games ended a streak of seven games in five days. saw the boys defeat Y Marina 24-6. RJ Edgar pitched the Grant CrossleT closed the game out. Runs were a cash Storm earned five runs, Edgar earned four runs, Devin Crookston and Otis Ross-Amari each clocked in three runs, and Shane Coleman each made two runs; CrossleT and made single runs. the boys played Timberline Taxidermy and won the civil Ramsey, Cannon and Casey Crookston pitched. Ross-Amari made three runs, Edgar, Storm and Ben raade two runs, Crossley, Cannon, Casey Crookston and single runs. lost 6-16 to Green Mountain Logging. Ramsey :Pitched. Ramsey made two runs, Storm, Ben Crookston and in single runs. The boys turned around Saturday to win Bandon. Pitching duties were shared by Ramsey, Casey Ramsey and Edgar tossed two runs into the books, and Storm each made single runs. :the ball well, ran the bases well and we had great defense teams down at the right time," Coach Craig Storm said. right at the end of season. Everything we're teaching Taxidermy boys played four games last week, win- Week began with a close 4-5 loss to Port Orford last pitched all seven innings. Ford also turned in two (See, Babe Ruth Inals, page AI2) ,,,,, 17 ,00Mx Congratulations to Kirk Dieke of Coquillel Dieke is the winner of the 2003 Governor's Cup Championship Series in 10 year old Expert and Cruiser classes for BMX bike racing. He was one of only five racers to win in both events. Dieke is also the points leader for the State Championship. He is proud to bring the cups home to Coos County. Jordan Pratt poses in his old high school uniform and prac- tices his autograph style on a photo for his grandparents, Wes and Joyce Hedeen of Coquille. Wes kept a level head during ball play, when up to 15 talent scouts at a time watched him pitch high school ball. Jordan always looks out for his little brothers, Wes said. When Pratt was measured for his first professional baseball gloves, he made sure his little brothers also got gloves. He also gave his new bosses fair warning. "He told them to watch out for his brothers, because they're follow- ing right in his footsteps," Wes laughed. \\; The Pratt family footsteps begin in Coquilie. The Hedeens have lived in Coquille tbr 45 years. Wes was the school district band director for 28 years and Joyce taught elementary grades, spending most of her time teaching Coquille's second-graders. Pratt's mother Jan graduated from CHS in 1978, she left behind an.impressive Red Devil volleyball and basketball career. She married Jeff" Pratt, an energy consultant, in 1984 and has lived in the Portland-Salem area since, taking care of a cry busy Pratt household. Jeff is a key part of athletics tbr his sons and the community, coaching Little League, hosting baseball camps and even building hall-tields. As far as the future, just sit back and wait. But don't expect Jordml Pratt to be the one bragging about the feats he will accomplish. "When we went to his graduation, a lady turned m me and said, 'Jordan is the talk of the town whether he wants to be or not.' Jordan was so embarrassed when she said that..." Joyce said. "'He's always been such a modest young guy." HOPE COVENANT REFORMED CHURCH 580 East 9th - Coquiile, OR 97423 Sunday SCI,(I .................................. 0:45 a,m Morning Worship ............................ I 1:00 a.m. Afternoon Service ............................. 4:30 p.m. PASTOR RON JOIANG 154)) 396-4183 PIONEER UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 180 N. Baxter, Coquille, OR 97423 396-4645 Sunday Schtl ................................ IO:{X) a,m. Morning Worship ............................ IO:IXI a,m. REV. 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