I am extremely excited to announce my commitment to play D1 baseball and continue my academic career at New Mexico State University! Thank you to all family, friends, and coaches! #AggieUp @CoachMKirby9 @kzune24 @mpritchardNMSU @azdiamondreport @PBR_JUCO pic.twitter.com/qI8LMh80UI
— Matthew Bachelier (@Mattbach2121) September 17, 2020
Matthew Bachelier became the latest athlete from Nogales to commit to New Mexico State when he announced his status on Thursday. A right-handed pitcher, Bachelier was 2-0 for the Apaches with 12 strikeouts to help lead the team to a 6-1 record last spring. He also batted .400 with four RBI, a double and a home run.
Former Sahuarita standout Chris Barraza and Nogales standout Kevin Jimenez will be juniors for the Aggies this year. In addition, Sahuarita pitcher Ian Mejia transferred from Pima to New Mexico State. Sabino standouts Joey Parker and Jacob Wiltshire will be Aggies in 2021. Nogales junior standouts Demetrio Crisantes and Saul Soto have also committed to play for New Mexico State as did Canyon del Oro standout Marcus Delgado.
Class of 2022 product Lucas Cardy announced his commitment to play for Grand Canyon. At 6-2, Cardy is expected to continue to develop into one of the top pitchers from Southern Arizona. He plays club for former Arizona standout George Arias with the Tucson Champs.
New Mexico State and Grand Canyon compete in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC).
I am blessed and beyond excited to announce that I will be continuing my academic and athletic career at Grand Canyon University. I am thankful for God and everyone who has helped me get to this point. #LopesUp @PBRArizona @tucsonchamps @The_CAAdvantage @GCU_Baseball pic.twitter.com/jOf3GY1tBP
— Lucas Cardy (@lucas_cardy_23) September 18, 2020
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