Former CDO standout Mikayla Santa Cruz named BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week

(Creighton Graphic)

Former Canyon del Oro pitcher Mikayla Santa Cruz was named BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week and she also earned a spot on the UTEP Invitational All-Tournament Team.

Santa Cruz tossed a pair of complete games to post a 1.15 ERA, while allowed just two earned runs in 15.2 innings of work and struck out 17 batters during three appearances to earn a spot on the UTEP Invitational All-Tournament team in El Paso.

Cant Cruz went the distance, allowing an earned run on five hits while notching six strikeouts in a 6-2 win over Idaho State to open the 2022 season. The Bluejay junior returned to the circle on Saturday afternoon when she tossed her second complete game of the season. Santa Cruz gave up just one run on six hits and struck out nine as the Jays captured an eight-inning 3-1 victory over Abilene Christian.

This list will be updated all year in an effort to recognize all former local prep stars who have gone on to achieve either academic and/or athletic awards at the next level. These are not high school awards but collegiate and professional recognitions. NOT CHAMPIONSHIPS. If you are aware of anything I have missed along the way, please let me know. amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

Portions from news release.

This is our 5th recognition for 2022 – we had 207 athletes recognized in 2021.

Mikayla Santa Cruz/Softball
Canyon del Oro/Creighton
BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week (2/14)
UTEP Invitational All-Tournament (2/14)

Max Hernandez/Volleyball
Golden Eagle Athlete of the Week (2/7)

Kevin Jimenez/Baseball
Nogales/New Mexico State
PG Preseason WAC Team (2/4)

Jack Langan/Baseball
NCAA D-III SAAC Member (1/27)

Angel Addleman/Basketball
Palo Verde/Pima
ACCAC D-II Player of the Week (1/5)

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