Desert View standout Diego Pinedo signs with Cochise

Diego Pinedo (Claudia Garcia Photo)

Desert View senior catcher/pitcher Diego Pinedo signed with Cochise College on Tuesday. Pinedo leads the Jaguars in home runs (4), doubles (13), hits (34) and batting average (.459). Pinedo also has two victories on the mound with a team-leading 34 strikeouts.

“It’s a new chapter and it means I can’t settle up,” Pinedo said. “Gotta work harder.”

No. 17 Desert View qualified for the 5A Conference Play-In Tournament and the Jaguars will travel to play No. 16 Cienega Wednesday at 4 p.m. This will be the first postseason appearance for Desert View since 2007.

“Seeing Diego sign to college fills my heart with joy and pride, both for me and our entire coaching staff,” head coach Matt Gracia said. “This is the very reason we coach. Having the opportunity to witness Diego’s growth throughout his high school career has been truly incredible. His hard work and dedication are now paying off, and I couldn’t be more thrilled and proud of his accomplishments.”


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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