Arizona wins Jr. Sunbelt Classic; Luis Gonzalez named MVP and Andre Jackson placed on All-Tourney Teamby Andy Morales on Jun. 12, 2013, under Sports
Junior Sunbelt: McAlester, Oklahoma
Former Buena/Pima/Pittsburgh Pirate and current White Sox pitcher Donnie Veal was the first high school baseball player from Southern Arizona ever to be named to the Junior Sunbelt Classic All-Tournament team (2002) and he was joined by Salpointe’s Jacob Hunter some eight seasons later in 2009.
After Team Arizona beat Team Colorado 5-2 Wednesday to capture the championship of the Classic, the two were joined by Cienega’s Andre Jackson and Catalina Foothills’ Luis Gonzalez.
Gonzalez went 2-3 with an RBI double in the bottom of the third to put Arizona up 1-0 and was named the Most Valuable Player.
Gonzalez was one of the Top Performers and Jackson was one of the Top Defensive Players in the 2013 Tucsoncitizen.com list and they were joined by Buena’s Matthew Duce on the First Team All-Southern Arizona list.
Hunter is now a senior at Yale and Team Arizona won the Classic back in 2008 and finished in second place last year.
Tyler Frost (Phoenix Greenway) and Payton Squier (Phoenix Greenway) joined Gonzalez and Jackson on the All-Tournament team this year. In addition, Phoenix Sunnyslope’s Calvin Lebrun was named the Most Valuable Pitcher.
1: Arizona 9-1
2: Colorado 7-3
3: Texas 8-2
4: Tennessee 7-3
5: OK Gold 5-5 (OK Gold beat Miss)
6: Mississippi 6-4
7: Georgia 4-6
8: Missouri 2-8
9: OK Blue 2-8
10: Canada 0-10
Arizona lost to Texas, 3-2
Arizona beat Oklahoma Gold 6-5
Arizona beat Canada, 11-2
Arizona beat Colorado, 8-5
Arizona beat Missouri, 5-1
Arizona beat Oklahoma Blue, 8-0
Arizona beat Mississippi, 11-1
Arizona beat Georgia, 9-1
Arizona beat Tennessee, 7-2
Arizona beat Colorado, 5-2
Team Arizona Roster
Alexander, Jake: P, OF Mountain Pointe
Brynarski, Andrew: P, OF, IF Fountain Hills
Chokey, Nathan: P, OF Corona del Sol
Duce, Matthew: C, P Buena
Frost, Tyler: P, OF Greenway
Gabel, Collin: P, 3B Chaparral
Gonzalez, Luis: P, OF Catalina Foothills
Harte, Degan: P, 1B Sandra Day O’Connor
Hasler, Kent: P Hamilton
Heibult, Matt: P Mesquite
Jackson, Andre: P, IF, OF Cienega
Lace, Turner: SS, 2B Saguaro
Lebrun, Calvin: P Sunnyslope
Lopez, Alejo: 2B, SS Greenway
Ming, Cameron: P, OF, IF Sandra Day O’Connor
Oberg, Ryan: C Sunnyslope
Oxford, Billy: P Sunrise Mountain
Richins, Cam: 2B, SS Desert Ridge
Squier, Payton: SS, 2B Greenway
Wojtysiak, Nicolas: P, OF Fountain Hills