More than 130 players — many of them local standouts — have signed up to play in the Kino Baseball League’s 2020 Sun Belt College Summer League at the Kino Sports Complex, which begins today with practice sessions.
As of now, 42 of the players are recent Class of 2020 graduates from Southern Arizona.
The workouts are not open to spectators per the county’s COVID-19 pandemic regulations.
The season is slated to start June 26 and as of now, according to Stage 1 of the policies implemented, spectators are not allowed. KBL commissioner Bill Leith said Saturday that Pima County administrators may allow spectators by then, but a restriction is in place that no more than 50 people can be at the field through June 28. Concessions stands will also not be open.
When Stage 2 is scheduled to start June 29, limited amount of spectators may be allowed and group size at each game can’t exceed 100, including the players and coaches. Concession stands will remain closed.
In Stage 3 that starts July 20, the limit of people at games will increase to 250. The Sun Belt League is slated to go through the end of July.
Leith mentioned the KBL is planning a senior ceremony for the Class of 2020 players at the conclusion of the 20-game schedule for each team since such events were cancelled in the spring due to COVID-19 shutting down schools.
There is the list of Class of 2020 graduates from Southern Arizona that have signed up to play in the Sun Belt League:
Adrian Gallego, Desert View, pitcher/infielder
Jesse Huerta, Sunnyside, infielder
Old Pueblo Kings
Corey Bonstrom, CDO, outfielder
Dalton Felish, Tanque Verde, pitcher
David Garcia, Sunnyside, outfielder/pitcher
Juan Antonio Garcia, Sunnyside, pitcher/infielder
John Michael Gonzalez, Empire, outfielder/catcher
Cedric Jimenez, Sahuarita, pitcher
Kaiden Reeve, Empire, catcher/infielder/pitcher
Jaime Werne, Buena, infielder
Roman Ibarra, Sahuarita, infielder/pitcher
Jaeden Swanberg, Salpointe, pitcher
Sabino Springs Scorpions
Ryan Garcia, Pusch Ridge, infielder
Chase Goorman, Catalina Foothills, infielder
Jack Langan, Sabino, outfielder/pitcher
Logan Martin, Sahuaro, infielder
Carlos Molina, Pueblo, pitcher/outfielder
Jack Reynolds, Catalina Foothills, outfielder
Gabriel Soto, Catalina Foothills, catcher
Christian Rodriguez, Catalina Foothills, pitcher/infielder
Santa Rita Warthogs
Morgan Altherr, Sabino, outfielder
Matthew Bachelier, Nogales, pitcher/infielder
Julian Encinas, Amphi, pitcher/outfielder
Jonny Fenwick, Tanque Verde, infielder/pitcher
Brayden Graham, Sabino, catcher
Kenneth Jimenez, Nogales, catcher/outfielder
Levi Padilla, Salpointe, outfielder
Mateo Sierras, Tucson, infielder
Ben Staiger, Cienega, pitcher/utility
Dylan Tebou, Sabino, infielder/pitcher
Zach Vincent, Pusch Ridge, pitcher
Wyatt Wingstad, Cienega, pitcher/utility
Kyle Baker, Benson, pitcher
Refugio Del Cid, Desert View, outfielder
Ruben Gamez, Flowing Wells, utility
Julian Grijalva, Nogales, pitcher
Michael Inorio, St. Augustine, catcher/outfielder
Daniel Montana, Cienega, pitcher
Luis Padilla, Flowing Wells, outfielder
Ivan Villa, Walden Grove, pitcher/utility
Leonel Villa, Walden Grove, outfielder
Dondre Villalobos, Benson, outfielder
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