The 2019 Sun Belt College League All-Star Game on Thursday night included a majority of players from local high schools bound for college baseball or already at that level.
By game’s end, an overflow crowd at Kino Stadium was on hand to watch the game and stick around for the postgame July Fourth fireworks show.
The game was won by Team Sonora 3-2 over Team Kino with a walk-off sacrifice fly to right field in the bottom of the seventh by Tucson Champs’ Fabian Ferreira, a Tucson High standout who played at Pima College and is with New Mexico Highlands.
The list of standouts:
— Alex Bustamante, Aztecs, Pima College (CDO), double, run.
— Chris Dunn, Aztecs, UNLV, double, run, RBI
— Robert Valenzuela, Cochise Stars, Friends University (Buena), single, RBI
— Alex Phillips, Team Tucson, Concordia University (Catalina), 1 inning pitched, three strikeouts
— Ryan Grabosch, BNL Rockets, Central Arizona (Salpointe), two singles, run
— Fabian Ferreira, Tucson Champs, New Mexico Highlands (Tucson High), single, 2 RBIs
— Jacob Jacome, Aztecs, New Mexico Highlands (Pima CC), double
— Joseph Escarcega, Old Pueblo Kings, New Mexico Highlands (Sunnyside), double
— Preston Clifford, BNL Rockets, New Mexico State (Sabino), double
.@pueblowarriors @PimaAthletics and @ArizonaBaseball great George Arias coaching Tucson Champs of @kino_league. Arias (in middle with arms crossed) one of the coaches of Team Sonora in the Sun Belt College League All-Star Game at Kino Stadium. pic.twitter.com/Qmec6pq6Ev
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