The AIA Baseball and Softball Bracket Show is set to go live Thursday at 11:30 a.m. and it’s a sure bet baseball teams like Rincon/University and Mountain View will not be listed anywhere in the brackets. Still, like dozens of other baseball and softball squads in Arizona, this season was a blessing that almost never happened.
Spring athletes sacrificed a whole year of competition in 2020 when the season was cut short due to the pandemic, and COVID restrictions reduced the number of games this year, but a season took place and we are all better for it – especially the seniors.
Rincon/UHS beat Mountain View 6-2 Wednesday on Senior Day for the Mountain Lions. The Rangers finished 7-13 overall and Mountain View ended the year 3-15 but, as mentioned before, only Tucson High, Nogales, Ironwood Ridge, Sunnyside, Marana, Cienega, Catalina Foothills, Canyon del Oro, Salpointe, Sabino, Pusch Ridge and Empire have a shot at hearing their names announced during the baseball bracket show tomorrow. It’s never enough.
We celebrate all the teams who took the field this spring.
Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017, a 2019 AZ Education News award winner and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. He was the first in Arizona to write about high school beach volleyball and high school girls wrestling. 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 and on AZPreps365.com. Andy is the Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Andy was named an Honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019 and he is a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee. Contact Andy Morales at firstname.lastname@example.org