Aztec Report: January 23

Six Aztecs sign NCAA Division I letters of intent

TUCSON — Five members of the Pima Baseball program and one player from Aztec Softball will move on to the next level starting in Fall 2024 as they committed this week to NCAA Division I teams.


  • (P) Diego Alvarez (Sahuarita HS) – University of New Mexico (w/SAHR in 2002: .452 batting average, 33 hits, 27 RBIs, 18 runs, .954 fielding percentage, 6-2 record, 1.91 ERA in 9 appearances)
  • (C) Caleb Herd (Cienega HS) – University of New Mexico (w/UNM in 2023: 9 games, .429, 7 AB, 3 runs, 3 hits, 1 double, 1 RBI).
  • (OF/P) Antonio Avila (Cleveland HS, NM) – University of Nevada (w/Pima in 2023: 52 games, .272 batting average, 32 runs, 22 RBIs and 24 walks)
  • (P) J.T. Drake (Los Alamos HS, NM) – Texas Tech University (w/ Pima in 2023: 47.2IP, 5-0 record, 2.08 ERA, 15 saves (led NJCAA), 58K’s in 25 appearances).
  • (P/1B) Nate Gray (Queen Creek HS) – University of Arizona (w/QC in 2023: 34 games, .345, 39 hits, 24 runs, 11 doubles, 9 home runs, 45 RBIs, 12 walks, 59IP, 5-0 record, 1.31 ERA, 54K’s)

The Aztecs begin the 2024 regular season on Friday when they play a non-conference doubleheader at Paradise Valley. First game starts at 11:00 a.m.

PCC will host their home opener on Saturday when they play another two games against the Pumas. First game of the doubleheader starts at 11:00 a.m.


Aztecs softball player Mallory Zylinski-Wrobel (Sahuarita) inked her letter of intent Monday to at the University of Texas at El Paso. The Miners play in Conference USA.

The sophomore catcher was named second team All-ACCAC and NJCAA All-Region I, Division I last season. She batted .387 with 13 home runs, 73 RBIs (led team), 54 runs scored, 22 walks and 14 doubles in 163 at-bats in 56 games played.

Pima Softball opens the 2024 season at the College of Southern Nevada Kickoff Classic on Friday and Saturday in Henderson, NV.

They’ll play three games over two days against Salt Lake, Snow and Trinidad State.

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