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Aug 16, 2014 1:12 AM by Richie Melby (rmelby@kvoa.com)

Sahuarita's Sati Santa Cruz playing in Under Armour All-American game

CHICAGO - 38 of the best high school baseball players in the country will be on display under the lights of Wrigley Field Saturday. Southern Arizona star Sati Santa Cruz of Sahuarita high school will be one of those athletes competing in front of pro scouts.

"Probably the first people I told were my grandparents. They were really happy for me," Sati told News 4.

Of course they were. Not only does the selection suggest Sati is one of the best young talents in the country, it also gives him a unique opportunity to play in one of baseball's best stadiums. What part of Chicago's hallowed grounds is he most looking forward to?

"The green ivy," Sati smiled, "then the houses in the back. It's a really big feeling of excitement to play there."

But it shouldn't come as a surprise. Sati's arm has dropped jaws of local fans for years.

"I saw him throw at age 12 or 13 and I knew he had an arm," said Sahuarita baseball coach Sam Gelardi. "His hard work paid off because when he was 14 or 15 he was approaching 88mph. I knew he had something. I'm not surprised at all by this (Under Armour All-Star selection) because the sky is the limit for him."

Sati Santa Cruz's big right arm is loaded with talent. But it's his work ethic that leads him to moments like this.

"Now I have seen that hard work pays off. It's time to work harder and try to get to the next level," he said.

Sahuarita principal Kent Thompson added, "just live in the moment. That's important for him. Wrigley Field is a place I would love to visit someday, but for him to be able to step out on the field is going to be an amazing experience for him.

"I look forward to seeing him there and the reaction that he has."

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