Junior League World Series: Sunnyside makes Tucson proud


Junior League Softball World Series

(Andy Morales/

(Andy Morales/

August 2-8: Kirkland, Washington

With essentially the same roster, a group of young women from the south side represented Tucson well over the last three years. A World Series title, a fourth place finish and a third place banner. Amazing.

Sunnyside finished off their incredible run Saturday afternoon with a 3-2 win over Robinson, Texas in the third place game at the Junior League World Series held in Kirkland, Washington.

Sunnyside led 3-0 after five innings but Texas made it close with two runs in the top of the sixth. Jazmine Ayala and Angel Sallas took the circle for Sunnyside but the duo found it difficult to collect strikeouts.

Texas had seven hits to Sunnyside’s three and the Southwest team only had one strikeout but Sunnyside made the most of their three hits.

Ayala picked up a leadoff walk in the second inning and Alexandria Tapia came through with an RBI single. Then, Marina Gomez singled to start off the bottom of the fifth.

Gomez stole third base while Sallas was up to bat and then stole home on a walk issued to Sallas. Sallas made her way around the bases and she also stole home for what turned out to be the winning run.

Anacely Gutierrez had the other hit for Sunnyside.

Heat from Jazmine Ayala as West beats Southwest for 3rd Place in the Jr Softball World Series. (Sean valley Photo)

Heat from Jazmine Ayala as West beats Southwest for 3rd Place in the Jr Softball World Series. (Sean Valley Photo)


Sunday, August 2
Sunnyside 3, East (Connecticut) 2

Monday, August 3
Sunnyside 8, Europe-Africa (Netherlands) 3

Tuesday, August 4
Sunnyside 3, Southwest (Texas) 0

Wednesday, August 5
Sunnyside 14, Latin America (Mexico) 4 (6)

Thursday, August 6
Sunnyside 14, Central (Kentucky) 4 (5)

Friday, August 7
Asia-Pacific (Philippines) 6, Sunnyside 4

Saturday, August 8
Sunnyside 3, Southwest (Texas) 2

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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here, on and on the pages of the Vail Voice and the Tanque Verde Voice. Contact Andy Morales at


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