Cienega catcher Dakota Martin to play for Benedictine

Dakota Martin (Andy Morales/

Cienega standout catcher/pitcher Dakota Martin announced his commitment to play for Benedictine University at Mesa on Tuesday afternoon.

Martin batted .321 last year with 11 RBIs and seven doubles. Martin was 3-1 on the mound.

“It means a lot to me. As a kid, I’ve always wanted to play baseball at the highest level and I believe this is the perfect opportunity for me to do that,” Martin said.

“First, I’d like to say that without my family, friends and coaches support, this wouldn’t be possible. They have all helped me along the way and kept me grounded and focused on my goal and I can’t thank them enough for that. I know it means a lot to my parents that I go to college and get an education so the fact that I can go to a great school that I can learn a lot from is a blessing and the fact that they are also giving me the opportunity to further my baseball career is absolutely amazing.

“I’m thankful and blessed to continue on this journey and I know my parents will be by my side every step of the way pushing me to be better and better every day and that is something that I’ll take with me forever.”



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 Andy was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at

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