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Gila Ridge baseball player selected as Diamondbacks ‘GameChanger’

Wiley CaldwellGila Ridge High School’s Wiley Caldwell was selected to throw out the first pitch at an Arizona Diamondbacks game on Friday, June 18, 2021 against the Los Angeles Dodgers as part of the Diamondbacks’ “GameChanger” program.

“I feel very proud and honored to be recognized as the D-Backs and Steward Health GameChanger this month,” Caldwell said. “Baseball is a huge passion of mine and one of my main focuses in life. I give it all I have on the field during games and practices and off the field as a teammate and person. I take a lot of pride in the contributions that I make that do not show up in the box score.”

Caldwell was nominated by GRHS baseball coach James Kuzniak.

According to the Diamondbacks’ website, each month during the 2021 season, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation, in partnership with the Positive Coaching Alliance and Steward Health, will recognize a coach and a student athlete that exemplifies positivity, winning, leadership, sportsmanship, fair play, healthy living, respect and integrity.


Eric Patten