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May 26, 2011 at 4:12 PM

Wild finish to Jamie Hall’s senior year at Seattle Prep

baseleft24.jpg Seattle Times photo by John Lok — Jamie Hall is tossing the ball, third from the right.

Seattle Prep’s Jamie Hall is still trying to process the final week of his high-school athletic career.

First, as the Panthers’ shortstop, Hall played a pair of games Saturday in the state playoffs. After beating Auburn Mountainview, Seattle Prep fell to Shorewood with a trip to the Class 3A semifinals on the line. It ended a season full of late-game heroics, especially late in the year.

Then on Wednesday, Hall traded his bat and glove for a set of golf clubs, leading the Panthers to the 3A state championship.

“It’s unreal,” said Hall, who will play golf at Hawaii next year. “I’m still kind of shocked that it happened.”

Hall finished tied for 12th place overall, shooting a 74 on the first day and a 73 on the second day. Not bad for the senior, who only had one day to practice before the state competition.

“I usually don’t need a lot of time to get back into the game,” Hall said. “It usually takes a day, and I had one day before the first round of state. I spent that playing golf. I got my swing down and I was ready to go.”

It has been a memorable spring for Hall, who was experienced plenty of late-season excitement on the baseball field, a string of games that ended with the Panthers on top in extra innings.

He was able to draw on those memories while competing on the golf course.

“It helped me handle the pressure,” Hall said. “I played pretty poorly the second round on the front nine and I didn’t really get down, because I knew I could always come back, just looking back on the baseball experiences.”

He recovered to go 1 under on the back nine during the Panthers’ title-clinching second day. So many things have happened the past few weeks, Hall is still trying to process it all.

“It’s kind of all just a fantasy now,” he said.

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