Softball Junior West Regional
July 16-21: Arthur Pack Complex
The Little League Softball Junior West Regional will be held at the Arthur Pack Complex starting this Saturday. District 5 is the host organization with the Marana Little League Juniors serving as the host team. Flagstaff is the Arizona state champion representative.
Eight states will take part including Hawaii and Alaska. The Junior League World Series will be held in Kirkland, Washington from July 31 to August 6.
Marana freshman Mia Stueck is happy to be a member of the host team from District 5. “This feels really amazing and I’ve only been playing softball for three years,” Stueck said. “Playing against all these girls who really love the sport means a lot.”
Marana got better and better as the season went on and they couldn’t be stopped during all-star competition but Hawaii will be one of those teams trying to stop Marana this weekend.
Shaylann Grace made the trip to Tucson from Kealakekua, Hawaii. Her mom, Shellie, is the head coach so it’s no wonder the ninth grader has her priorities straight this weekend. “We came here to make it to the World Series,” Grace explained. “Shopping can come later.
“This will be a good experience, playing great teams from other states.”
University of Arizona associate head softball coach Stacy Iveson welcomed the athletes, coaches and families to the regional Friday night during opening ceremonies at the Omni Tucson National.
Saturday, July 16
Hawaii vs. Alaska, 8 a.m.
Oregon vs. So. California, 8 a.m.
Washington vs. No. California, 10:30 a.m.
Marana vs. Utah, 10:30 a.m.
Elimination Games, 5 p.m.
Flagstaff vs. Hawaii/Alaska winner, 7:30 p.m.
Montana vs. Oregon/So. California winner, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 17
Bracket Games at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
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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