Southern Arizona All-Freshman Baseball Team


Dante DeNiro (Andy Morales/

Dante DeNiro (Andy Morales/

Freshman of the Year

Dante DeNiro, Catalina Foothills
24-80 (.300); 21 RBI; 2 Doubles, 2 Triples, 3 Home Runs

D-II Freshmen of the Year

Alex Kelch, Tucson High
27-76 (.355); 14 RBI; 6 Doubles, 2 Triples, 1 Home Run

Trevor Smith, Mountain View
20-66 (.303); 15 RBI; 5 Doubles, 1 Triples, 2 Home Runs

D-III Freshmen of the Year

Ariel Ochoa, Amphitheater
39-86 (.453); 19 RBI; 11 Doubles, 3 Triples

Jesus Cosillos, Santa Cruz
26-48 (.542); 15 RBI; 5 Doubles, 3 Triples, 1 Home Run

Alex Phillips, Catalina
28-68 (.412); 15 RBI; 4 Doubles

Saul Escarrega, Sahuarita
32-83 (.386); 22 RBI; 11 Doubles, 2 Home Runs

D-IV Freshman of the Year

Sergio Santa Cruz, San Miguel
10-34 (.294); 2 RBI; 1 Doubles, 1 Triples
22 IP: 18 Strikeouts

Charles Stewart, Catalina: C
Derek Hahn, Valley Union: 1B
Tyler Gray, Empire: 2B
Saul Escarrega, Sahuarita: 3B
Alex Kelch, Tucson High: SS
Ariel Ochoa, Amphitheater: OF
Trevor Smith, Mountain View: OF
Andres Hernandez, Catalina: OF
Eric Teitelbaum, Tanque Verde: OF
Dante DeNiro, Catalina Foothills: UTL
Jesus Cosillos, Santa Cruz: UTL
Vincent Rifici, Catalina: UTL
Alex Phillips, Catalina: UTL
Jose Manzanares, St. Augustine: UTL
Simon Boggie, Flowing Wells: P
Frank Villalobos, Catalina: P
Sergio Santa Cruz, San Miguel: P


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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and 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, on and on the pages of the Vail Voice and the Tanque Verde Voice. Contact Andy Morales at


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