Race for the Southern Arizona Triple Crown

Daniel Durazo (Andy Morales/

Amphitheater sophomore Kristiana Watson earned a rare Triple Crown honor last spring by leading Tucson area high schools in batting average (.753), home runs (17) and RBI (54). There are no clear Triple Crown candidates in baseball or softball this year, but some players are coming close.

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6: Daniel Durazo, Salpointe
6: Saul Escarrega, Sahuarita
5: Alex Kelch, Tucson

AVERAGE (70 at bats)
.537 Alex Kelch, Tucson
.518 Saul Escarrega, Sahuarita
.475 Kevin Jimenez, Nogales

32 Daniel Durazo, Salpointe
31 Kevin Jimenez, Nogales
28 Vincent Rifici, Catalina


10: Emmarae Wilson. Benson
10: Emily Darwin, Benson
9: Carlie Scupin, Tucson

AVERAGE (70 at bats)
.654 Yannira Acuna, Salpointe
.643 Carlie Scupin, Tucson
.632 Isabel Pacho, Ironwood Ridge

50: Diana Montano, Salpointe
48: Emily Darwin, Benson
48: Solymar Navarro, Sahuarita


Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and he 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 is the Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at

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