Max Stagg (SA) and Nick Bertucci (VIC) have both committed to Central Arizona to begin their college baseball careers.

Central Arizona is the defending Junior College National Champions and have won two of the last three Division 1 Junior College World Series.

The commitment to Central Arizona wraps up a huge few months for Stagg who had this to say about his development and the process:

“Committing to Central Arizona means so much to me. To have the opportunity to play at a tier 1 junior college program and be able to continue developing my craft as a baseball player is really exciting. I can’t wait to start working with the coaching staff over there as well as fight for a national championship.”

“It has been a long but very thoughtful process for me. The opportunities of attending Perfect Game National Showcase, the U18 World Cup, and the MLB College Showcase Tour have really exposed me to a much wider range of high-level colleges. I am very grateful for the opportunities Baseball Australia, Perfect Game and MLB have provided me with and I can’t thank them enough.”

“I would like to give a huge thanks to Riley Moore (Baseball SA High Performance Manager) and the West Torrens Baseball Club for playing a huge role in my development and my journey.”

“Committing with Nick is really special. Throughout the World Cup experience, we became much closer as mates and are super excited to continue working together to reach the goals we each aspire to.”

It has been a goal of Nick’s to further his career in the States and that dream has now become a reality for the talented Victorian.

“Having been able to get the chance to come to the States has led to the opportunity of committing with Central Arizona College, an opportunity that I’m very much appreciative for, as prior to coming to America I had my eyes on furthering my schooling and baseball career with Central Arizona and now I get to say I’m a Vaquero.”

“The opportunity wouldn’t have been possible without being able to train with their squad and I have been fortunate enough to showcase my skills, which they were fond of and offered me a scholarship alongside Max Stagg which we both agreed to and will have a successful time with Central Arizona especially with a familiar face around.”

“It is an amazing school with an amazing program and is exactly what I was aiming for. My family and I are super excited that this is the school I will be attending and couldn’t ask for much more. Dreams really do come true when you put the work in.”

Stagg and Bertucci will remain in Arizona to represent Australia as part of the MLB World Select Team in front of colleges and professional scouts.

They become the first players out of the U18 National Team to narrow down their college commitment with others still in the recruiting process and currently deciding their futures.

Baseball Australia would like to congratulate both athletes on their amazing achievements thus far and look forward to seeing them compete in one of the best college programs in the U.S.