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Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 2:44 pm | Updated: 9:07 am, Tue Apr 2, 2013.

One of my freelance gigs I have is covering the Chicago Cubs in spring training and it involves being at the ballpark early enough to see infield practice.

The major leaguers work at their craft every day and you get to see why they are so smooth in the games.

It's pretty impressive to see some of the balls they get to and make plays on that look to be getting through the infield.

On Wednesday I got to see Mountain Pointe do the same thing and it was even more impressive.

These are high school kids and they were getting to everything and making pinpoint throws.

I apologize for not knowing everyone taking ground balls but it was clear that third baseman Michael Weaver and shortstop Cole Tucker were leading the way.

It must be surprising to Mountain Pointe if any ground ball gets through the left side of the infield in game action with the soft hands and range these two have.

Weaver, a senior, made some great stops to in the win over Hamilton on Tuesday.

"He's a vacuum," Pride coach Brandon Buck said.

That must make Tucker an industrial size Shop Vac because the junior, who some think is the best shortstop in the state, is about as versatile as they come.

Contact writer: (480) 898-7915 or jskoda@ahwatukee.com. Follow him on Twitter @JskodaAFN

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