Sun Belt College League

Play Ball: Kino Baseball League Sun Belt College League starting

After last season’s Kino Baseball League Sun Belt College League was canceled because of COVID-19 protocol, the league is prepared to start this year in earnest Monday with practices.

The Sun Belt will consist of five teams of college-age standouts with more than 120 players on the rosters. Games run from June 3 to July 15 or 16 at the Kino Sports Complex.

The Sun Belt College League presented by the Kino Baseball League annually includes top local talent during the summers (Andy Morales/

Umpire crews will be those who have worked Mountain West, WAC and Arizona junior college games.

The rosters include players from Arizona, Hawaii, California, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, New York, Montana, South Dakota and Mexico.

Click here to access the schedule.

Here are the local Class of 2021 standouts that will take part:

Catalina Aztecs

Coach: Michael Odum

  • Andrew Stucky, CDO
  • Braeden Mondeau, Cienega
  • Hayden Palmer, Pusch Ridge
  • Liam O’Brien, Salpointe
  • Dante Schindler, CDO (Pima College signee)
  • Isaiah Pintor, CDO (Pima College)

Santa Rita Warthogs

Coach: Josue Ortiz

  • Michael Buchmann, Sabino
  • Jake Wiltshire, Sabino
  • Jordan Bracamonte, Cienega
  • Michael Newsome, Empire
  • Nathan Ortiz, Sabino
  • Cameron Warren, Empire
  • Devin Lopez, Cienega
  • Raul Moreno, Desert View
  • Kenneth Kroese, Tucson

Desert Vaqueros

Coach: Antonio Fernandez

  • Michael Kochanski, CDO
  • Trey Weidner, CDO
  • Christian Olea, Tucson
  • Dawson McHughes, Salpointe
  • Jacob Vega, Pueblo

Southeast Wildcats

Coach: Gilbert Valenzuela

  • Nathan Guerrero, Pueblo
  • Reagan Reynolds, Salpointe
  • Aaron Balderrama, Sahuaro
  • Devin Alvarez, Sahuarita

Old Pueblo Kings

Coach: Martin Pereyda

  • Tyler Welsh, Sabino
  • Shane Rodriguez, Empire
  • Jason Black, Cienega
  • Andres Gonzalez, Sahuarita
  • Christian Dicochea, Cienega
  • Nate Richey, Empire

FOLLOW @JAVIERJMORALES ON TWITTER! publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports,, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon. He became an educator five years ago and is presently a special education teacher at Gallego Fine Arts Intermediate in the Sunnyside Unified School District

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