Arizona end of season hints at future of Chip Hale’s program

Chip Hale The first season ended with Arizona reaching the NCAA Regional Championship Series in Coral Gables, Florida, so now is the time to look forward – not back – because that’s how it usually goes. after a successful season as the new head coach.

Arizona can talk about that eager look to the future with hiring this school year from Jedd Fisch, Tommy Lloyd, Caitlin Lowe and Halle.

Fisch went 1-11 in his freshman year trying to bring Arizona football back from the dead, and the program certainly now has a pulse with the Pac-12’s No. 1 recruiting class in 2022. and future impact transfers into the program.

The excitement generated by Lloyd following his ability to win the Pac-12 regular season and tournament championships may be tempered by the departure of Benoit Mathurin, Christian Koloko and Dalen Terry to the NBA early but high expectations remain.

Lowe defied the critics and the odds by taking on a sophomore team that started 0-8 in the Pac-12 to be one of the final six teams competing in Oklahoma City for the Women’s College World Series title.

Hale ended his freshman season Monday with a 22-6 loss to Ole Miss in the Coral Gables Regional Championship Round, but that final scoreline is tiny overall. No questions were asked about the match in the post-match press conference, and there shouldn’t have been.

Only discussions about the future were discussed. Hale began to put his mark on the program as a Wildcat great and former big league manager and he received the ultimate All-American wide receiver endorsement. Daniel Susac.

“The second best decision I ever made was to come to Arizona, but the best was to stay here,” said Susac, a certain first-round draft pick this year, referring to staying with the program. after Jay Johnson left to lead LSU.

“I don’t think the program could be in better hands. The technical staff and the players all understand that. They get it.

Arizona finished 39-25 with two wins in NCAA regional play with a roster it largely inherited from Johnson. pitching coach Dave Lawn was the only bridge to this staff since the end.

The Arizona Daily Star beat up a reporter Michael Lev tweeted this statement on Sunday: “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Chip Hale inherited an unbalanced team. Almost all right-handed hitters. They struggled against right-handed pitchers with good breaking balls. Too easy for opposing coaches to face the 22-year-old Wildcats.”

Despite this, Arizona was two wins away from reaching the Super Regionals.

“I’ve done a lot in professional ball, be it playing, coaching or managing and the joy this season has given me to be back at my university of which I’m so proud, to take up a position that Jerry Kindal held who I hold in high regard is very special,” Hale said.

Existing draft-eligible players whose names have appeared on draft lists include right fielder Susac Tanner O’Tremba and center player mac bingham. Right-handed reliever Quinn Flanagan isn’t mentioned on draft sites, but the junior will definitely get a glimpse after going 5-1 with a 1.63 ERA with two saves. Garrett irvin is a left-handed starter who went 5-4 with a 3.38 ERA and opponents limited to a .235 batting average.

Davis will return next season as Arizona’s top prospect after hitting .289 with 18 home runs and 54 RBI in his first full year on the roster.

Right-handed hard thrower TJ Nichols (6-4, 5.50 ERA) will also be heavily watched due to his fastball in the 90s.

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Arizona’s roster, mostly inherited from the Johnson era, has 18 players from California to 10 from Arizona.

Hale’s first recruiting class signed in November features 12 Arizona prospects and two others who played for by Ken Jacome program at Pima College who come from New Mexico.

Three players come from California and one from Colorado, Minnesota and Illinois. Andrew Carrolla right-hander who Arizona lists as a native of Tulsa, Okla., pitched for Scottsdale Chaparral.

This signals a significant shift in recruiting focus from Johnson, who was not as active in finding local talent as Hale’s staff.

One of the high school players who could be drafted is the outfielder Brendan Summer Hill by Chicago Whitney Young. Summerhill has hit .541 with 10 home runs and 43 RBIs this season.

“It’s hot every day,” Summerhill told the Chicago Sun-Times of why he chose Arizona. ”It’s the sunniest city in America. Three hundred and sixty days of the year there is sunshine.’

”He’s going to have a choice”, young coach Chris Cassidy told the Sun-Times. ”I think he will be drafted. It all depends where he’s going. And then it’s like, ‘What do you want to do?’ ”

Former CDO standout Kiko Romero, a Central Arizona College outfielder who signed with Arizona is another prospect who could be drafted high enough to turn pro rather than play with the Wildcats.

Romero batted .407 in the NJCAA World Series with six home runs and 11 RBIs to help lead Central Arizona to the NJCAA World Series national championship on Saturday. Romero was named the NJCAA World Series Tournament MVP, Outstanding Offensive Player, and All-Tournament Team Member.

Romero hit .467 with 12 homers during the season.


Last name Pos The last school Hometown
TJ Adams OF Red Mountain HS Mesa
Andrew Carroll HPR Chaparral HS Toulouse (ok)
Demetrio Crisantes INF Nogales HS Nogales
Tyler Davis HPR Yavapai College Peoria
Kenan Elarton HPR Valor Christian HS Castle pines (CO)
Xavier Esquer INF Palo Alto SH Palo Alto (California)
Kade Huff VS Horizon HS Scottsdale
Mason Kelley HPR Red Mountain HS Mesa
Hayden Lewis HPR Chaparral HS Scottsdale
Aiden May HPR Pima CC Albuquerque
Maddox Mihalakis INF Hopkins HS Hopkins (MN)
Luc Moeller VS HS Desert Mountain Scottsdale
Kiko Romero 1B/OF Central Arizona CC Tucson
Trevor Schmidt 1B/OF Servite HS Anaheim (California)
Drew Sommer HPL Central Arizona CC Carlsbad (California)
Brendan Summer Hill OF Whitney Young HS Chicago
Nicholas Warren VS Ironwood Ridge HS Tucson
mason white INF Salpointe Catholic HS Tucson
Bradon Zastrow HPL Pima CC Farmington (NM)

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