LITTLE LEAGUE: Big night for Copper Hills; Sierra Vista with win at Senior State tourney

Luis Pablo Navarro (Andy Morales/


Wednesday Results:

Copper Hills beat Rincon 4-3 to force a winner-take-all game Friday night in 9-11 Baseball action held at Freedom Park. Copper Hills (4-1) was sent to the Elimination Bracket by Rincon (3-1) last Saturday.

Rincon took a 2-0 lead Wednesday night in the bottom of the second inning thanks to an infield hit from Jayden Barlet and an RBI from Emiliano Mejia. Copper Hills suffered a couple of important errors in the inning and the team from Sahuarita found themselves up against the wall, down 2-0 heading to the fourth.

Brian Perry and Dominic Hernandez picked up a couple of hits in the top of the fourth and Copper Hills turned the tables and took advantage of a couple of errors by Rincon to take a 3-2 lead on Rincon.

Scotty Underwood hit a pinch-hit double in the top of the fifth and Luis Pablo Navarro hit an RBI double to put Copper Hills up 4-2 but Rincon got the run back in the bottom half of the inning on a two-out walk issued to Thadd Pittenridge and an RBI from Ryan Fulcher.

Barlet gave Rincon a shot in the bottom of the sixth with a one-out walk. He advanced to second on a passed ball and then third on a wild pitch but Hector Hernandez took the mound in relief and he picked up a pop fly and a ground ball to earn the save. Navarro earned the win for Copper Hills.

David Davila and Marcos Martinez saw pitching action for Rincon. Fulcher went 2-for-2 with a hit-by-pitch, a double and an RBI. Carlos Olona had a double.

Jesus Urias went 2-3 for Copper Hills with a double. Hernandez went 2-3.

Sierra Vista beat Queen Creek 10-1 in the opening game of the State Senior Softball Tournament held at Mission Manor Park. Tonight will be the official opening of the tourney with Sierra Vista taking on Superior at 5:15 p.m. and Sunnyside going up against Blythe at 7:45 p.m.

The State 50/70 Tournament starts today in Nogales.

In 8-10 Baseball, San Xavier eliminated Pantano at Palo Verde Park. Eight teams remain.

Copper Hills beat Rincon 9-4 to remain unbeaten (3-0) in Little League action taking place at Purple Heart Park. Rincon (3-1) will face Santa Rita (4-1) tonight in the Elimination Bracket final. Rincon beat Santa Rita 6-0 last Saturday. The winner will face Copper Hills on Saturday night and will have to beat Copper Hills twice with the “if game” scheduled for Monday night.

Randolph and Sunnyside will face each other Friday night in Junior baseball action held at Manzanita Park. There are five teams remaining.



8-10 Baseball: Palo Verde/Freedom Park

Wednesday, July 5
San Xavier 13, Pantano 3

Thursday, July 6
Copper Hills vs. Rincon, 5:15 p.m. (PV)
American vs. Palo Verde, 7:45 p.m. (PV)
Southwestern vs. San Xavier, 5:15 p.m. (FP)
Randolph vs. Sunnyside, 7:45 p.m. (FP)

9-11 Baseball: Freedom Park

Wednesday, July 5:
Copper Hills 4, Rincon 3

Friday, July 7: Championship Game
Copper Hills vs. Rincon, 6:30 p.m.

LL Baseball: Purple Heart

Wednesday, July 5
Santa Rita 14, Sunnyside 1
Copper Hills 9, Rincon 4

Thursday, July 6
Santa Rita vs. Rincon, 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 8: Championship Game
Copper Hills vs. Rincon/Santa Rita, 6:30 p.m.

Junior Baseball: Manzanita Park

Wednesday, July 5
Randolph 5, Los Ninos 1
Sunnyside 13, American 2

Thursday, July 6
San Xavier vs. American, 6:30 pm.

Friday, July 7
Los Ninos vs. San Xavier/American, 5:15 p.m.
Randolph vs. Sunnyside, 7:45 p.m.


July 5-12: Mission Manor Park

Wednesday, July 5
Sierra Vista 10, Queen Creek 1

Thursday, July 6
Superior vs. Sierra Vista, 5:15 p.m.
Sunnyside vs. Blythe, 7:45 p.m.


July 6-11: Fleischer Park, Nogales

Thursday, July 6
Nogales vs. Western, 5 p.m.
Sunnyside vs, District 6, 5 p.m.


July 10-15 Arthur Pack


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July 16-21: Arthur Pack


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 Andy was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at


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