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LITTLE LEAGUE: Western headed to Little League state baseball tournament; 3 more championships decided tonight

Ruben Castro flew home after his first home run. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

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(Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Action from Wednesday Night:

Western beat Oro Valley 9-0 to win the District 5 Little League championship held at Mehl Park. Oro Valley (5-2) battled back through the Elimination Bracket – winning five straight games – to get to the championship game. It was a valiant effort that included a 15-5 win over rival CDO to secure a spot in the Championship Bracket.

Western went 4-0 in the tournament, outscoring opponents 59-11. The victory gave Western it’s fourth Little League championship in a row and the team will take on the District 7 representative on July 17, slated to be played at Fiesta Cubs Park in Mesa.

Leading the way for Western was Roskruge eighth-grader Ruben Castro. Castro went 4-for-4 at the plate with two home runs, a double and four RBI. More importantly, Castro collected 13 strikeouts and scattered three hits to keep Oro Valley off the scoreboard.

“It was a fun game and I wouldn’t want to play for anyone else,” Castro said. “I came in thinking I was going to hit the fast balls hard and I did.”

Castro is looking forward to playing for Tucson High in a couple of years and he plays for former University of Arizona and MLB standout George Arias in the Tucson Champs organization.

Ethan Jones hit a double for Oro Valley and Ryan Jewel, Andrew Cain, Canyon Champie and Louis Champie all picked up hits. Josue “Jr.” Franco got the start for Oro Valley and Cain took over in the top of the fifth. Cain had six strikeouts in two innings of work.

Isaac Ramirez closed the game out for Western and he had two strikeouts in the bottom of the sixth. Michael Escalante had two hits, as did Max Leyva and Antonio Martinez. Rene Romero had an RBI single.

(District 5 Photo)

Sabino Canyon beat Oro Valley 12-2 to capture the 8-10 Baseball championship held at Arthur Pack. Sabino Canyon went 5-0 in the District 5 tournament and will head to the State Tournament held in Coolidge starting on July 17.

Western beat CDO 13-3 to force an “if game” in 9-11 Baseball action held at Kreigh Park. CDO (3-1) beat Western 11-9 in the final game of the “B” Bracket one week ago but Western (6-1) battled back through four elimination games to force this winner-take-all championship tonight at 6:30 p.m.

(District 5 Photo)

Continental Ranch beat Tucson Mountain 10-4 to capture the Junior League Baseball championship held at Arthur Pack. Continental Ranch will play the District 4 representative on Monday, July 17 at Diamondback Field in north Phoenix.

Sunnyside beat Copper Hills 6-0 to force an “if game” at the District 12 Softball Little League playoff held at Anamax Park in Sahuarita. Copper Hills beat Sunnyside 5-4 on Saturday and the two team will meet tonight at 7:45 p.m. for the championship.

Oro Valley battled in Little League action. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

DISTRICT 5 LITTLE LEAGUE ALL-STARS

8-10 Baseball: SABINO CANYON CHAMPIONS

Wednesday, June 28: Championship Game
Sabino Canyon 12, Oro Valley 2

9-10 Softball: THORNYDALE CHAMPIONS

9-11 Baseball: Kreigh Park

Wednesday, June 28
Western 13, CDO 3

Thursday, June 29: Championship Game
Western vs. CDO, 6:30 p.m.

9-11 Softball: THORNYDALE CHAMPIONS

LL Baseball: WESTERN CHAMPIONS

Wednesday, June 28: Championship Game
Western 9, Oro Valley 0

LL Softball: THORNYDALE CHAMPIONS

50/70 Baseball: WESTERN CHAMPIONS

Junior Baseball: CONTINENTAL RANCH CHAMPIONS

Wednesday, June 28: Championship Game
Continental Ranch 10, Tucson Mountain 4

Junior Softball: THORNYDALE CHAMPIONS

DISTRICT 12 LITTLE LEAGUE ALL-STARS

8-10 Baseball: Palo Verde/Freedom Park

Starts Saturday, July 1

8-10 Softball: Anamax Park

Thursday, June 29
Sunnyside vs. San Xavier, 5:15 p.m.

9-11 Baseball: Freedom Park

Wednesday, June 28
Pantano 15, Freedom 9
Copper Hills 15, Randolph 11
Rincon 13, Santa Rita 0

Thursday, June 29
Sunnyside vs. Randolph, 5:15 p.m.
Santa Rita vs. Pantano, 7:45 p.m.

LL Baseball: Purple Heart

Wednesday, June 28
Southwestern 13, Pantano 9
Rincon 12, Freedom 9
Copper Hills 12, Palo Verde 0
Santa Rita 7, Los Ninos 6

Friday, June 30
Palo Verde vs. American, 5:15 p.m.
Los Ninos vs. Sunnyside, 6:30 p.m.
Pantano vs. San Xavier, 7:45 p.m.

LL Softball: Anamax Park

Wednesday, June 28
Sunnyside 6, Copper Hills 0

Thursday, June 29: Championship Game
Sunnyside vs. Copper Hills, 7:45

50/70 Baseball: SUNNYSIDE CHAMPIONS

Junior Baseball: Manzanita Park

Starts Monday, July 3

Junior Softball: SUNNYSIDE CHAMPIONS

Senior Baseball: Manzanita

Thursday, June 29: Championship Game
Sunnyside vs. San Xavier, 6:30 p.m

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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and he 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 and on AZPreps365.com. Andy was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com


 

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