JUNIOR SOFTBALL WESTERN REGIONAL
July 20-26: Arthur Pack
The monsoon on Thursday night forced a long day Friday at Arthur Pack but the crew from District 5 once again pulled together to make sure the first day of the Junior Softball Western Regional went off without a hitch.
Thornydale served as the host team and the team from the Marana area bounced back from an early morning loss to Montana to eliminate Oregon from championship contention.
Down 13 to 12 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Taylor Bourguet hit a double to the fence to score Alexis Barber and Jaden Harrell to tie the game up. Bourguet took third on a throw home on the play and then scored on an error for the win.
“I was afraid they were going to catch my hit at first,” Bourguet said. “But I kept on running and I came home when the coach started yelling. I didn’t know the ball was thrown away. It was exciting”
Barber was pinch running for Samm Attebury and Harrell was running for Maya Ormsby. Attebury and Ormsby collected back-to-back singles to start the comeback.
Oregon will move to the Consolation Bracket scheduled for Sunday while Thornydale will take on Washington in an elimination game Saturday at 5 p.m.
Alaska is 2-0 after beating Apache Junction in the first round and Utah in the next game. Apache Junction is the Arizona state champion and the team beat Southern California Friday and will play Utah in an elimination game Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, July 21
Washington 9, Oregon 7
Utah 7, So. California 1
Montana 19, Thornydale 0
Alaska 10, Apache Junction 5
Apache Junction 5, So. California 2
Thornydale 14, Oregon 13
No. California vs. Washington
Alaska 7, Utah 4
Saturday, July 22
Thornydale vs. Washington, 5 p.m.
Utah vs. Apache Junction, 7:30 p.m.
No. California vs. Montana, 7:30 p.m.
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