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Yuma Catholic’s Araiza commits to SDSU

Isaac Araiza officially signs his college letter of intent to play DI baseball for San Diego State University.

YUMA, Ariz ( KYMA, KECY-TV ) - Yuma Catholic senior Isaac Araiza first caught the attention of San Diego State baseball scouts as a sophomore playing on his travel baseball team.

"I was playing in the junior fall classic in October of my sophomore year and they saw me there," Araiza said. "Since I stepped foot on that campus they made me feel like family."

Isaac Araiza signs his letter of intent to play baseball for San Diego State University

The visit was enough for Araiza to commit verbally to the Aztecs as a sophomore. On Tuesday the senior kept is word and officially signed his letter of intent to play Division I baseball for San Diego State University.

"It's an amazing experience," Araiza said. " It's a thing you dream of as a little kid, playing DI baseball, it's a blessing."

This past season in his junior year for the Shamrocks, Araiza posted a 6-1 record with a 1.30 ERA and struckout 70 batters in 43 innings.

"He's been a horse for us pitching," Yuma Catholic head baseball coach Curt Foppe said. "He's a true division one talent and he deserves everything he's earning today."

Araiza also bats third in the Yuma Catholic lineup and last year batted .479 while driving in 15 runs.

"Unfortunately his RBI numbers were down because we just didn't have runners on base for him," Foppe said. "He was the most feared hitter in our lineup, but, what he's making his money doing is what he's doing on the mound."

Araiza will finish his high school career this spring with the Shamrocks in hopes of winning a state title.

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Scott Gross

Scott Gross joins the KYMA team as the CBS 13 sports director and weather forecaster. Scott comes to the Desert Southwest all the way from Alaska where he covered the military and education beats for KTVA-TV & KTUU-TV.

Contact him at scott.gross@kecytv.com.

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