Chris Moon Memorial begins with ceremony to honor our fallen heroby Andy Morales on Mar. 26, 2013, under Sports
(NOTE: I have made the opening ceremony and the Tucson High game photos against Bear Creek free for the Tucson High community.)
Tucson High athletic trainer Mike Boese is hoping to raise enough funds to get a life-sized statue of Chris Moon built on the upper deck at Cherry Field. His dream is to have a statue that tells the whole story of Moon, one that will take into account his baseball and military accomplishments.
Boese understands it will be difficult to portray, but his daughter is already making preliminary drawings that will have Moon depicted in his dual role as a local hero. The base of the statue will honor all those other athletes who have given their lives since there have been hundreds of athletes who have gone through Tucson High and paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom in war.
Any donations towards the statue can be made at the Classic held this week at Cherry Field or through the THS Baseball Booster Club. This is very personal due to my late father’s recent induction into the Tucson High Hall of Fame and his military service in Korea. He was also very proud of our Yaqui heritage. Many of his high school friends died in war.
I have given you my thoughts on Chris Moon over the last several years. This is a public letter from his family: His father Brian, mother Marsha, sister Sunday and Sunday’s daughter Semira.
Semira means “From Heaven” and it was appropriate the she got to throw out the first pitch and that her mother Sunday sang the National Anthem:
“Specialist Christopher James Moon, 20, of HHC’s Scout Platoon, 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team of the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division based in Fort Bragg, N.C., went home to be with the Lord on July 13th, 2010 at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.
He was born, August 3, 1989 to Marsha and Brian of Tucson, Arizona. Survived by
his parents and sister Sunday Moon, niece; Semira Moon. Chris is Native American (Navajo – Dine’) born of the Kinyaa’ aanii (Towing House Clan), Chris grew up in Tucson and attended Tucson Magnet High School, where he graduated in May of 2007.
Here at Tucson High he became a developed and devoted athlete. He played many sports such as; wrestling, golf, football, and baseball. Chris’ major sport was baseball. He played baseball since he was 7 years old. We never knew the effect and impact he would make in high school, with baseball scouts and college recruits attending his games.
Chris went on to play for the University of Arizona and was good enough to be drafted by the Atlanta Braves. However, Chris decided on a military career to serve our country. As a young boy Chris always had a desire to want to be in the Army, as a sniper. During his training, he excelled at all the challenges thrown at him.
Chris had a decision to attend Ranger school but his path led him to the 82nd Airborne Division. It was here Chris found his calling, which had given him more opportunities. He was asked to be a part of a scout recon team and was sent to sniper school. He had much pride in what it meant to be an American Patriot.
Chris was an exceptional person who liked challenges and who always faced them with a positive attitude, whether it was playing with friends, being with family, going to school, playing sports, or serving in the military.
Chris will be missed by the many people he has impacted throughout his life. We thank you Chris for being a wonderful son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, and friend. You will always be remembered of your courageous and selfless actions and will always be OUR HERO.
Thank you, Tucson Magnet High Baseball Team, Families and Friends for keeping our son, Chris Moon’s memory alive through the Chris Moon Memorial Classic. This tribute will forever be grateful.”
Tucson High met Bear Creek (Colorado) in the game immediately following the opening ceremonies and the Badgers came out on top 9-2.
Felipe Peralta took the mound for Tucson and he held Beer Creek to two hits in five innings of work. One of those hits, however, was a line-drive home run given up to Alex DeBell in the top of the second inning to tie the game at 1-1.
Tucson had taken an early 1-0 lead after Isaac Federico had an infield hit but moved to third base on an error resulting from a bad throw on the play. Ivan Estrella picked up an RBI on a ground out to score Federico.
Tucson exploded for five unearned runs in the bottom of the second inning to put the game away. With two outs, Hector Alcaraz reached on an error. Adrian Acuna followed with a single, Alexander Carrillo walked, Federico singled to bring in two runs and then Estrella doubled to bring two more. Estrella scored on an error on the play for the fifth run.
Tyler Johnson relieved Peralta in the sixth inning and DeBell was walked to lead the inning off. DeBell stole second base and then Kolby Bonato singled him in to make the score 6-2 Tucson.
The Badgers added three more runs in the bottom of the sixth after Alcaraz started the inning off with a single and Carrillo reached on an error one out later. Beer Creek pitcher Thomas Dove picked up another out but Alcaraz stole home while Beer Creek attempted to get Carrillo at second base.
Estrella walked and then Francisco Rodriguez doubled for the final two runs.
Tucson will play Rincon Tuesday at 2 pm.
Chris Moon Memorial Cherry Field Classic 2013
Monday, March 26
Tucson 6, Pomona (CO) 1
Rincon 7, Bear Creek (CO) 6
Sabino 11, Sunnyside 7
Narbonne (CA) 4, 2:00 p.m. Sabino 2
Sunnyside 7, Arvada West (CO) 3
Ralston Valley (CO) 5, Pusch Ridge 2
Tucson 9, Bear Creek 2
Tuesday, March 27
8:00 a.m. Rincon vs Bear Creek
8:00 a.m. Arvada West vs Sabino
11:00 a.m. Pomona vs Rincon
11:00 a.m. Arvada West vs Narbonne
2:00 p.m. Sunnyside vs Narbonne
2:00 p.m. Pomona vs Tucson
5:00 p.m. Pusch Ridge vs Ralston Valley
5:00 p.m. Cholla vs Ralston Valley
8:00 p.m. Rancho vs Pusch Ridge
March 28 and 29 will be reset after March 27 Results. Games will be at Cherry Field. Refer to schedule for the last two days. Thursday March 28 at 6:30 pm will be the Team Tournament Banquet.