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Eleven college baseball signees showcased at George Arias’ Centerfield facility


Going from interviewing George Arias when he was a senior in 1990 hitting moon-shot home runs as part of Pueblo’s state championship team to interviewing his son Nick, a senior at Tucson High School, is surreal to say the least.

Grateful to George for the experience because that means he continues to impact the development of youth baseball in Southern Arizona from his contribution as a player at Pueblo, Pima College and Arizona to now being a trainer, coach and mentor with the Tucson Champs Academy and owner of the Centerfield training facility.

Nick and 10 other Southern Arizona college prospects signed their national letters of intent Wednesday and celebrated the occasion at Centerfield with the elder Arias serving as host.

Back in George’s days at Pueblo as a third baseman playing for Jon Holstrom, signing ceremonies were rare, but then again, social media was not around.

It was a special time for all involved at Centerfield with families and coaches taking part in the celebration.

George and his family reveled in the accomplishment of Nick, an infielder, to sign with Grand Canyon University after playing for his dad with the Tucson Champs Academy program along with the 10 other players there.

Among them was Cienega standout centerfielder Isaiah Jackson, who signed with Arizona State. Also present was Isaiah’s brother Andre, who joined the Los Angeles Dodgers’ pitching staff this season after graduating from Cienega and playing collegiately at Utah. Their parents Chach Jackson and Tricia Altieri were also on hand.

The eleven signees:

Nick Arias, Tucson High School, SS, signed with Grand Canyon

Roman Bracamonte, Nogales, RHP, New Mexico State

Lucas Cardy, CDO, RHP/OF, Grand Canyon

Benji Cazares, Tucson, 1B/3B/C/RHP, Pima College

Demetrio Crisantes, Nogales, INF, Arizona

Marcus Delgado, CDO, RHP/OF, New Mexico State

Ryan Garcia, Cienega, LHP, Regis

Caleb Herd, Cienega, C/OF, New Mexico

Isaiah Jackson, Cienega, CF, Arizona State

Milo Rushford, Walden Grove, INF/OF/RHP, New Mexico State

Saul Soto, Nogales, RHP/INF/OF, New Mexico State

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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. He became an educator five years ago and is presently a special education teacher at Gallego Fine Arts Intermediate in the Sunnyside Unified School District

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