District 5 Little League
Monday, June 20: Kreigh Park
Thornydale beat Tucson Mountain 11-7 to advance to the second round of the District 5 9-10 Winner’s Bracket on Monday night at Kreigh Park in Oro Valley. Thornydale will play Marana Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. while Tucson Mountain will play in the Elimination Bracket on Wednesday.
Tucson Mountain took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on an RBI double from Gannaro Brito but Thornydale scored three in the bottom half of the inning and four more in the second to take a 7-1 lead. Jayden Lynch hit a triple, Jacob Acedo had an RBI double and Brandon Taylor came up with two RBI in the first and Acedo hit a home run to pace the team in the second.
Tucson Mountain responded with two runs in the third thanks in part to a an RBI double from Tommy Padilla to cut the Thornydale lead down to 7-3 but James Witt came up with an RBI double in the bottom of the third to put Thornydale back up 9-3.
Thornydale added another run in the fourth and two more in the fifth to go up 11-3 but Tucson Mountain scored four runs in the top of the sixth to make things interesting but Thornydale prevailed 11-7.
Brito and Adrian Garcia saw pitching action for Tucson Mountain while Noah Miller, Wyatt Charnocki, Anthony Belisle, Adriel Ramirez and Acedo took the mound for Thornydale. Miller collected five strikeouts.
In Majors action, Frontier beat Flowing Well 14-2 in the late game. Frontier will face CDO on Tuesday night in the second round while Flowing Wells will play in the Elimination Bracket on Wednesday night.
Ethan Bell took the mound for Frontier and he limited Flowing Wells to one hit (double by Raphael Lortez) while striking out six batters. Bell gave way to Aiden Larson in the third and Jack Perkins took over in the fourth. Larson and Perkins combined for five more strikeouts and then AJ Eisenman picked up two more strikeouts in the sixth.
Frontier scored three runs in the first and four more in the second to take a 7-0 lead. Flowing Wells scored a run in the bottom of the third after Jaden Serrano reached on an infield hit and stole second base. He would score on an error to cut the lead down to 7-1.
Frontier put the game away with two more runs in the fourth and five in the fifth. Antonio Urquidez scored in the bottom of the fifth on a double steal for the 14-2 final.
Perkins went 3-4 with double and a triple and Larson had two doubles to lead Frontier.
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