Canyon del Oro senior standout Michael Santorelli committed to play for Pima last week. Santorelli was a member of Team Arizona in the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) World Series held in Ohio in August.
He finished the series batting .353 (6-17) with a double, triple and seven RBIs including a game-winning RBI-single in the top of the sixth inning to give Arizona a 3-2 lead over Passaic, New Jersey.
“I think it was a great choice for me to go to Pima because the coaching staff is great they turn around so many players that were average to move them on to DI schools,” Santorelli explained.
“I chose it because I could stay home play ball in front of my family and the team is awesome. I love the guys that are there and that are committed to play there as well. I’m excited to be an Aztec.”
Santorelli was on Wrigley Field for Game 4 of the World Series during batting practice along with his coach and the other MVP of the RBI World Series.
“I got to meet so many players and ex-players including A Rod, Ken Griffey Jr., Curtis Granderson and Mariano Rivera,” Santorelli added.
“MLB paid for it all because my team won the World Series and they took two players and a coach. I was one of the players because I got the game-winning hit to bring in the go ahead run that won the game.”
Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com