Tucson Royals take on NYC

The 10U Tucson Royals baseball team has qualified for the National Youth Baseball Championships in NEW YORK CITY!! Traveling to NYC is quite an expense for these young athletes and we are asking for help from the community, family, and friends.

Who are the 10U Royals? This team was formed after Coach Garrett R. saw potential in  a couple young boys from Western Little League and wanted to keep them together and teach them the game they all show a passion for until they reach high school.  Coach Garrett teamed up with Art Casto (another Western Coach/Parent), Alex Ceballos (Good UofA grad with a love of baseball giving back to his community)  and they took their 9U team to Tucson Champs Baseball Academy lead by George Arias. This team has gone to tournaments in Tucson, Phoenix, Nogales, Yuma, Hermasillo, Mexico and Las Cruces, NM. They have training on and off the field on a weekly basis. They have classroom, hitting, and on field training. It is instilled in them to be a good student, child, teammate, friend and community member. If any of those things fall short, they have to answer to their coaches and teammates. 

This team is learning to respect the sport of baseball and how to be a good person in their community. They are learning baseball, situations in the game, good condititioning, eating right, and giving back to their academy and community.

The funds requested for this team are to help cover airfare and lodging for players ONLY!!(Parents attending are paying their own way). The tournament takes place the week of July 24, 2017 in Yaphank, NY.  The tournament they have qualified for is held at Baseball Heaven and they will play with teams from all over the country.  We don't want cost to be a deterent for these boys to represent Tucson, AZ in a National tournament they have worked so hard to earn! You can check out the tournament at http://nybcbaseball.com

Our  Tucson Royals Team:

Our Coaches:

Coach Garrett Raetzman ( Tucson Native, Catalina High Alum, & UofA Alum)
Coach Art Castro (Tucson native & Tucson High Alum)
Coach Alex Ceballos (Born in California,UofA Graduate)

Isaac Arias : #13 His goal is to volunteer at the animal shelter and/or the dog pound and eventually work with the Border patrol with a k9 dog by his side. He'd like to do this after a position in the MLB of course!!
Uziel Castillo #19
“You must never doubt your ability to achieve anything, become anything, overcome anything and inspire everything.”
Something he read about but never forgets.

Adrian Castro #9 His hopes are to one day get a scholarship to play D1 baseball and to study sports medicine. He would like to be an athletic trainer when he grows up.Right now he just wants to continue being a kid and playing baseball with his Royals Brothers!
Jorge Antonio Castro #12
Ethan Devine #21 My dream of baseball is to reach the pros. And to be the best I can!
Sebastian Pino: #33 He has been playing since he was 3 years old. He has learning difficulties at school and baseball has helped him achieve a lot of his goals he has set for himself. Teachers have incorporated baseball into his daily academics to help him learn. His dream is to play for the MLB one day! 
Colton Raetzman #2 Goal: Win the NYBC tournament to bring Tucson home a National trophy and my goal for life is to be a good guy with dreams of playing in the MLB!
Adan Rodriguez #36
Omar Rodriguez #20: Goal/Dreams: "Baseball is in my heart, I love the game, I want to be able to go to school at the UofA and play ball for them and hopefully get drafted to the MLB one day..."
Andrew Romo:  #23Goals: He wants to play High School ball, D1 baseball, and on to the MAJOR League. For now he is content grabbing a stick, bat, or anything he can find to keep perfecting his skills! He fell in love with the game at 4 years old.
Abran Vergara: #22 Goal: My goal this year is to hit a home run in a game! Dream: Is to be a MLB player like Javier Baez and Giancarlo Stanton.
Landon Walker #14  "I am 9 years old. My goal is to win the tournament in New York. I would also like to hit a homerun over the fence someday. When I grow up I want to help rescue dogs. Thank you for helping our team."

To get this team on a plane (some for the very first time) and to stay in New York for a week, it will take the help of businesses, friends, family, and anyone who shares the love of baseball!!! 

We will follow up with player bios and goals this week once the campaign takes off!!! Thank you from all of us at the Tucson Royals Family!!! 

Business & Corporate Sponsors: We are able to send you a 501C3 letter from our Youth Baseball Academy as it a non profit organization.


  • Elizabeth Longoria  
    • $20 
    • 36 mos
  • Jeff Hall 
    • $100 
    • 36 mos
  • Danielle Hagarty 
    • $25 
    • 36 mos
  • Suzanne Romo 
    • $25 
    • 36 mos
  • Ray Rabago 
    • $25 
    • 36 mos
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Tucson Royals 10U 
Tucson, AZ
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