Sabino High School graduate Jacob Wiltshire, a key player in the Sabercats’ state championship this spring, led the Santa Rita Warthogs to an upset win over the Catalina Aztecs in the Sun Belt College Baseball League championship series July 15 at Kino Stadium.
His performance in the Warthogs’ two-game sweep of the Aztecs merits him the Jet Sports Training Male Athlete of the Month honor for July.
Former @sabinobatcats standout Jacob Wiltshire @jacobwiltshire1 hits walk-off single to lead the Santa Rita Warthogs @SWarthogs to the @kino_league Sun Belt Summer League championship @NMStateBaseball pic.twitter.com/98qiSeo6xr
— Andy Morales (@AndyMorales8) July 16, 2021
A two-out walk-off single by Wiltshire in the bottom of the ninth clinched the comeback championship and the Most Outstanding Player in the series trophy.
Wiltshire, a shortstop, outfielder and pitcher, has signed a national letter of intent to play at New Mexico State.
The Aztecs came into the championship series with a 17-4 record with five of those victories being lopsided tilts with the Warthogs by an average score of 15-1. The Warthogs had an 11-9 record, barely passing the Old Pueblo Kings (10-11) and the Desert Vaqueros (9-11) for the chance to play the Aztecs in the best-of-three championship series.
The Sun Belt College League is Arizona’s piece of summer baseball for college commits, prospects and current college athletes hoping to improve their game before they head back to their various campuses. The league is operated by Bill Leith’s Kino Baseball League, a non-profit organization that has benefited the development of youth baseball locally in the last decade.
Wiltshire’s brother Tyler, who also played at Sabino, is a junior infielder at Minot State in South Dakota.
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