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Little League 9-10 softball: Thornydale to play for championship

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Talia Martin slides under the tag applied by McKenna Giles (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Talia Martin slides under the tag applied by McKenna Giles (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

District 5 Little League
Wednesday, June 22: Mehl Park

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Thornydale defeated Marana 11-1 Wednesday night in 9-10 District 5 Softball action. The win moved Thornydale (2-0) to the championship game scheduled for Friday at 5 p.m. at Mehl Park. Marana (1-1) dropped down to the Elimination Bracket where they will play Tucson Mountain (1-1) on Thursday night. The winner of that game will face Thornydale on Friday.

Marana loaded the bases with one out in the top of the first but Mia Gutierrez picked up two strikeouts to get out of the jam. Thornydale scored a run in the bottom of the inning after Sami Sotelo singled and then scored on an error later in the inning.

Marana tied the game up in the top of the second on a bases-loaded walk issued to Logan Linn. Linn’s RBI evened things out but Thornydale came right in their half of the inning. Clarissa Figueroa, Aaliyah Pereda, and Destanee Nez had RBIs in the inning and Sotelo knocked in two more to give Thornydale a 6-1 lead.

Gutierrez finished with five strikeouts and Sotelo replaced her in the circle to start off the third inning. Sotelo struck out six of the seven batters she faced, giving up a hit-by-pitch to Domonique Hale in the fourth.

Thornydale scored five more in the bottom of the fourth, paced by a two-RBI double from Kalista Axtell. Marana collected eight walks in the game with McKenna Giles and Linn picking up two each. Kyla Long scored the lone run and both Giles and Long saw pitching action for Marana.

Sotelo and Axtell both went 3-for-3 to lead Thornydale.

Thornydale Roster
Kalista Axtell
Jasmine Bustamante
Kenadee Dabb
Clarissa Figueroa
Mia Gutierrez
Sofia Martinez
Talia Martin
Destanee Nez
Addie Noriega
Brianna Ornelas
Aaliyah Pereda
Sami Sotelo
Deborah Wallace

Marana Roster
McKenna Giles
Claire Basaldua
Domonique Hale
Alexia Kaiser
Angela Kerr
Kayleigh Wakefield
Logan Linn
Kyla Long
Raylie Mankee
Raquel Mills
Elsie Rasmussen
Caity Stueck
Cadence Tarket

BASEBALL ALL-STARS

SOFTBALL ALL-STARS

DIVISION II BASEBALL ALL-STARS

DIVISION II SOFTBALL ALL-STARS

SOFTBALL/BASEBALL ALL-FRESHMEN TEAMS

DIVISION III BASEBALL ALL-STARS

DIVISION III SOFTBALL ALL-STARS

DIVISION IV BASEBALL ALL-STARS

DIVISION IV SOFTBALL ALL-STARS

DIVISION V BASEBALL ALL-STARS

DIVISION V SOFTBALL ALL-STARS

BOYS TENNIS ALL-STARS

GIRLS TENNIS ALL-STARS

SAND VOLLEYBALL ALL-STARS

D-III GOLF ALL-STARS

TRACK & FIELD ALL-STARS

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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 AZPreps365.com and on the pages of the Vail Voice and the Tanque Verde Voice. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com



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