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Cibola’s Miranda Salcido is the 2022 Yuma Sun/Yuma Rotary Softball Player of the Year.

‘Miranda is one of the best hitters I’ve seen in a long time. When she stands in the batter’s box, you never know if it’s going to be a double, triple or a home run.’

Those were the words Cibola softball head coach Shelly Baumann used to describe junior Miranda Salcido.

Offensively, Salcido compiled a .461 batting average this past season and led the Raiders in homeruns (11) and runs batted in (49). As a pitcher, Salcido accumulated 96 and two-thirds innings of work in 15 starts and posted a 3.11 earned run average with 95 strikeouts on the year.

This would be incredible production for any player, but as it turns out, this was only Salcido’s first year playing varsity softball at the high school level. Prior to enrolling at Cibola, the Yuma native was being home schooled and took classes with Primavera Online.

Salcido says her transition to the Raiders was made easy given the fact that she had already played travel softball for several years with members of the current Cibola varsity team.

“I was pretty nervous at first when it came to fitting in, but having playing with a lot of the girls before was definitely reassuring,” Salcido tells The Yuma Sun. “They backed me up, and I began to trust and believe and do my best for the team.”

The Cibola standout started her interest in the sport at about the age of nine. Soon after, she began playing travel ball for a team in Phoenix, and also was a member of the Mexican National Team. She added that it was an eye opening experience to see the different styles of play on the various teams she’s been a part of.

“At the varsity level, I’d say the girls are very discipline and hard working. When I was playing for the National Team, there was more of a sense of pride because you are representing an entire country. Having those experiences really made me understand the game more,” Salcido continued.

Looking ahead to next year, Salcido states she wants to continue to build on the success of her junior campaign. In particular, she strives to improve her ability to hit to all parts of the field. At this stage in her career, Salcido is more of a pull hitter. Pitching wise, her goal is to improve her two best pitches; the curveball and the changeup.

When reflecting on the past season that resulted in Cibola’s berth in the Arizona Interscholastic Association 6A State Tournament, Salcido shares that playing for coach Baumann made her first varsity season such a fun and memorable experience.

“She is so passionate about the game and really wants you to work hard out on the field. Words can’t explain how good of a coach she is,” Salcido says of Baumann.

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