Sabino baseball standout Preston Clifford to play for New Mexico State

Preston Clifford (Andy Morales/

First Team All-Southern Arizona pitcher Preston Clifford announced his commitment to play for New Mexico State. The Sabino senior helped lead Sabino to the 3A championship last year with an 8-0 record and 90 strikeouts in 66 1/3 innings of work. He also batted .398 with 20 RBI, 13 doubles, five triples and two home runs.

Clifford went 2-for-3 in the championship game against Sahuarita with an RBI and he collected nine strikeouts.

“It’s rewarding,” his father BJ Clifford said. “It’s always awesome when your child is rewarded for an opportunity to continue to chase his dream! As his father, and best friend, I couldn’t be more pleased. Hard work always pays off, no matter the end result.”


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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