Desert View baseball hosts fundraiser for Remi; beats Douglas 12-1

Desert View catcher Diego Pinedo with Willie Blair (holding Remi) and William. William threw out the first pitch to Pinedo. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)


As the story goes, little Remi was on his way to Disneyland last summer with his family but the 2-year-old never made it to the “happiest place on earth,” instead, Remi spent about three weeks in a local hospital after complaining about leg pain. He was diagnosed in California with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and he celebrated his third birthday in that hospital.

There’s a Go Fund Me page set up for Remi and fundraisers have been held for the Blair family in the Morenci area but the financial goals have not been reached. The Desert View baseball team held a fundraiser Tuesday night during a thrilling 12-1 victory over Douglas with #Remistrong shirts and bracelets being sold.

Remi was set to throw out the first pitch Tuesday night but he’s a little boy and the attention can be too much for most of us to handle, much less a child, so his brother William took the mound and he delivered a crisp strike to the catcher to start the game and then the Jaguars delivered on a promise to win the game for Remi with Diego Pinedo going 4 for 4 with 5 RBI with 2 doubles and a home run…



Named one of “Arizona’s Heart & Sol” by KOLD and Casino del Sol, Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and a 2019 AZ Education News recognition. He was 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 and his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy is a 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, became a member of the Sunnyside Los Mezquites Cross Country Hall of Fame in 2021 and he was a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee. He earned a Distinguished Service Award from Amphitheater and he was recognized by City Councilman Richard Fimbres. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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