Safford High School senior and outfielder for the Bulldogs baseball team Jerrick Arbizo is a multi-sport athlete who had to battle back from a season-ending leg injury to get back to the sport he loves.
In the fall of Arbizo’s junior year, he was playing quarterback for the Safford Bulldogs football team, and during the first quarter, he limped off to the sideline with a leg injury.
“I asked the training staff to tape up my right leg, not thinking the injury was that serious, and it turned out that I broke my right fibula,” said Arbizo.
Safford’s head baseball coach Robert Abalos was impressed by his determination.
“I got to see first-hand how hard he worked in rehab every day to get back and play his senior year,” said Safford’s head coach Robert Abalos. “He put in a lot of time and effort and worked extremely hard to come back from an injury that a lot of athletes don’t come back from.”
Arbizo has been playing baseball ever since he could walk. After being sidelined due to the season-ending injury, he had to do some small things to stay positive and focus on getting back on to the baseball diamond.
“To keep myself positive, I set small goals for myself, such as jump a little bit more, run a little longer just a few little achievements to keep myself going,” said Arbizo.
Arbizo was excited to play his final year of high school baseball. Unfortunately, the sports world has not been too kind to Arbizo.
After playing in just 10 games, the season came to an end due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With no more baseball to be played, Arbizo has kept himself positive and looks towards his future.
“When the coronavirus ended our season, I didn’t take it too hard because I know how it felt last season when I had to sit out due to injury. This is something out of my reach, and there is nothing I can do.”
When it comes to academics, Arbizo has a 3.75-grade point average and received a baseball scholarship from Benedictine University at Mesa in April.
“It’s exciting that I get another chance to play baseball while getting a degree.”
Arbizo hopes to become an athletic trainer or weights coach one day.
“After my leg injury, I decided that I want to major in health science so that I can help others.”