Schuld Given Big Honor

Senior Pinnacle softball pitcher and Arizona commit Marissa Schuld has been named Gatorade Softball Player of the Year for the second season in a row.

Schuld led Pinnacle to a state championship in 2018, while striking out 151 batters in 76 innings during the season, according to MaxPreps.

She was 11-1 on the year for the Pioneers with a 0.74 ERA.

Schuld’s impact wasn’t just limited to pitching, as she also hit 16 home runs in addition to 12 doubles and 57 RBI.

“Marissa is a very accomplished pitcher that hits as well,” Arizona head coach Mike Candrea said in a statement released by Arizona Athletics in November. “I love her competitiveness. I think she has a good chance of being really good because she’s very meticulous. She’s one of those kids that has a very strong passion of being highly successful,” he said.

Schuld capped off her high school career with a 1.38 ERA, 54 wins and 617 total strike outs. She said she plans to continue her success at the University of Arizona.

“I am excited to be a part of the University of Arizona because it is a school of tradition and I am excited to learn and grow as a person and player from one of the best coaching staffs,” Schuld said in the statement. “I am looking forward to competing every day for a national championship.”

Media personality Brad Cesmat first rose to fame in Southern California with the launching of "The Mighty 690" all-sports radio station in the late 1980's and early 90's. Brad came to Arizona in 1993 to begin a 10-year run at KTAR Radio followed by nine years at KTVK-TV in Phoenix. Brad is the Founder/ CEO of Sports360AZ.com. His vision of multi platform content marketing through sports began in September of 2011. Cesmat has served on the Advisory Board for the Salvation Army for the last 18 years. He and his wife Chris have four children.