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Little League All-Stars Day 5 roundup: Marana & Thornydale win championships

Thornydale 8-10 Softball champions (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

GAME TOTAL: 52

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The District 5 and District 12 Little League All-Star playoffs continued on Friday night with 12 games played at various parks in the Tucson area. The various divisional playoffs will take up most of the summer with state and regional action taking place in July.

District 5 will host the West Region Junior Girls Softball Tournament from July 14-19 and District 12 will host the 8-10 State Baseball Tournament from July 12-25.

Thornydale beat Tucson Mountain 8-7 Friday night at Arthur Pack to win the D-5 8-10 Softball championship. Thornydale will face the District 13 champions in the first round of the state tournament scheduled to start on July 12 in Avondale.

Thornydale beat Tucson Mountain 21-6 on Monday night in the first round of the playoffs but Tucson Mountain forced a third game after beat Thornydale 14-9 Thursday night.

“I was nervous tonight but I believed in my teammates,” starting pitcher Samantha Hudgens said. “We work well together. We are a team.”

Gianna Torres plays infield for Thornydale much like her father Erik Torres back in his Sunnyside Little League days. Torres was part of the 1992 Junior League World Series championship team before playing at Sunnyside High School and the University of Arizona.

“This is really more rewarding,” Torres said on watching and coaching his daughter. “Tucson has a long history with Little League and this is what the game should be.”

Marana beat Thornydale 27-23 in the other championship game played at Arthur Pack Friday night.

Marana went 2-0 to win the series against Thornydale to win the 9-11 Softball championship but it wasn’t as easy as it looked. Marana beat Thornydale 21-8 on Thursday night and then built a 16-6 lead on Thornydale on Friday night only to see Thornydale take a 22-20 lead. Marana scored seven runs down the stretch to pull out the victory.

“My team is awesome,” pitcher Elianna Andersen said. “We have a great defense and they are amazing.”

Marana moves on to the state tournament scheduled to start on July 13 in Avondale.

Copper Hills will face Sunnyside tonight at Mission Manor at 6:30 p.m. in 8-10 Softball action. Sunnyside needs to win to force an “If Game” since Copper Hills beat Sunnyside 11-1 in the first round on Wednesday.

Marana 9-11 Softball champions (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

FRIDAY, JUNE 22

D-5 8-10 SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Thornydale 8, Tucson Mountain 7

D-5 8-10 BASEBALL
Western 24, Flowing Wells 1

D-5 9-11 BASEBALL
Tucson Mountain 9, Frontier 7
Canyon View 13, Canyon del Oro 8

D-5 9-11 SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Marana 27, Thornydale 23

D-5 LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL
Thornydale 18, Continental Ranch 6
Canyon del Oro 14, Western 2
Canyon View 10, Sabino Canyon 9

D-12 8-10 SOFTBALL
Sunnyside 16, San Xavier 0

D-12 8-10 BASEBALL
Pantano 7, Randolph 6
Rincon 10, Tucson American 0

D-12 JUNIOR BASEBALL
Sunnyside 15, Palo Verde 4

SATURDAY, JUNE 23

D-5 8-10 BASEBALL
Thornydale vs. Marana, Arthur Pack 5 p.m.
Continental Ranch vs. Tucson Mountain, Arthur Pack 7:30 p.m.

D-5 9-11 BASEBALL
Oro Valley vs. Sabino Canyon, Mehl 5 p.m.

D-5 LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL
Marana vs. Tucson Mountain, Kriegh 5 p.m.
Western vs. Thornydale, Kriegh 7:30 p.m.
Canyon View vs. Continental Ranch, Mehl 7:30 p.m.

D-12 8-10 BASEBALL
Santa Rita vs. Copper Hills, Anamax 6:30 p.m.

D-12 8-10 SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Copper Hills vs. Sunnyside, Mission Manor 6:30 p.m.

D-12 JUNIOR BASEBALL
San Xavier vs. Palo Verde, Mission Manor 6:30 p.m.

MONDAY, JUNE 25

D-5 8-10 BASEBALL
Oro Valley vs. Canyon View, Arthur Pack 7:30 p.m.

D-5 9-11 BASEBALL
Tucson Mountain vs. Canyon View, 5 p.m.
Marana vs. Western, Mehl 7:30 p.m.

D-5 LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL
Canyon del Oro vs. Oro Valley, Kriegh 7:30 p.m.

D-5 LITTLE LEAGUE SOFTBALL
Tucson Mountain vs. Canyon View, Arthur Pack 6:30 p.m.

D-12 8-10 BASEBALL
Southwestern vs. Freedom, Anamax 5:15 p.m.
Pantano vs. San Xavier, Anamax 7:45 p.m.
Rincon vs. Palo Verde, Anamax 7:45 p.m.

D-12 LITTLE LEAGUE SOFTBALL
Capper Hills vs. San Xavier, Mission Manor 7:45 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27

D-12 LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL
Freedom vs. Pantano, Perry 6:30 p.m.
San Xavier vs. American, Perry 6:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, JUNE 28

D-12 LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL
Randolph vs. Santa Rita, Perry 5:15 p.m.
Rincon vs. Copper Hills, Perry 5:15 p.m.

FRIDAY, JUNE 29

D-12 9-11 BASEBALL
Copper Hills vs. Rincon, Rincon 6:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, JUNE 30

D-5 9-11 BASEBALL
Sunnyside vs. Santa Rita, Rincon 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 is the Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com

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