Tucson-area college athletes

Local Baseball Talent Shines in Sun Belt College All-Star Game


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.

Former CDO standout Alex Bustamante of Pima College acknowledges the crowd (Javier Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

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.

Fabian Ferreira (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

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


Sun Belt College All-Star Game action (Javier Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

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


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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.

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