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Senior Salute: Pueblo's C.J. Molina

Posted at 9:34 PM, May 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-14 00:43:35-04

TUCSON, Arizona — It was during this spring’s Cowboy Up Tournament when Pueblo’s CJ Molina hit for the cycle; a single, double, triple, and home run all in the same game.

"It was a goal of mine that I thought about for a long time," said Molina. "I never expected it to happen so soon."

But, just as suddenly, the Warriors season was cut short due to COVID-19.

"You can do that anytime, winning a game, but having moments with your friends like that, it’s tough."

Losing the baseball season wasn’t the only challenge. CJ’s family owns Karichimaka, an iconic southwest Tucson restaurant that’s been in business since 1949.

“We’re learning to adapt. At the start, it was pretty rough, but it’s getting better, now. We took out a whole window, and we poured concrete and made a two to-go windows. I’m helping prep food."

CJ will attend Paradise Valley Community College next year where he will try and again hit for the baseball cycle, and study the business cycle.

"Cherish the moments you have because you never know when they can go away and ruin everything."