This year the Westwood Warriors baseball team played hard and made it into the state playoffs for their division. They began their playoff games in Tucson and ended at Maryvale Stadium. In their final game, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community member Aaron Makil pitched a two-hitter; unfortunately, it was not enough to win in the double-elimination bracket, and the Warriors ended their 21-11 season.
This season culminated at the Warriors Baseball Banquet on May 23, where Aaron received an MVP plaque for State Qualifier 2016, certificates for First Team Mesa All-City Varsity Baseball, First Team All-Section, Second Team All-State and a Certificate of Athletics for the 2015-16 baseball season. He also found out he would play among some of the best baseball players in Arizona in the AZBCA All-Star Division II game at Goodyear Stadium, three days after graduation. The teams were made up of the best players from the northern and southern areas of the state. Aaron and his teammate from Westwood, Roberto Lopez, were chosen to participate. Aaron came in to play at shortstop for the fifth through seventh innings and pitched the eighth inning with no hits. The game ended in a 2-2 tie, with Aaron hitting in the tying run at the top of the eighth inning. Also, with Aaron’s inning of perfect pitching, he was awarded MVP of the game.
Aaron graduated from Westwood High School with honors on May 26 with a 3.5 GPA. He grew up knowing that school is just as important as sports. This helped him decide where life would take him next. Aaron is the son of Rebecca and Jason Makil. He has two brothers, Clint and Eric, and three sisters, Ana, Maggie and Ally. He’s also uncle to “OJ” and baby Meilani. His paternal grandparents are Elizabeth and Arnold Makil, and his maternal grandparents are Esther and Courtney Moyah and LaVar Andrews.
While fielding many offers from schools around the state and out of state, Aaron made a decision to sign with Chandler-Gilbert Community College on a baseball scholarship. On Thursday, June 2, he signed his letter of intent with Head Coach Russell Luce in the SRPMIC Council Chambers. Coach Luce said he was super excited to sign Aaron; he also stated that the college has a 96 percent graduation rate of baseball players and a 94 percent rate of baseball players going on to a university. Several members of Aaron’s family were at the signing, including SRPMIC Vice-President Martin Harvier and Council Member Deanna Scabby.
Family has been very supportive throughout Aaron’s baseball career, beginning with T-ball, Community tournaments, club ball and all the way through high school. Harvier spoke of how proud he was of Aaron and how he looked at him as a great example for others that are coming up. He also told him to surround himself with good people, remember that he has great family support, and that he and the Community support him too.
Aaron’s family is very proud. We know he can accomplish anything he sets his mind to. We look forward to his college games and will continue to support him in everything he does.