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LITTLE LEAGUE: Western wins Intermediate state tournament; 8-10 Baseball & Junior League Softball updates

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Western Little League won the State Intermediate Baseball championship on Saturday and the team from Murrieta Park moves on to the Intermediate Baseball West Regional taking place in Nogales from July 18-25. Nogales International serves as the host team.

Nogales plays Oregon Wednesday night and Western plays Hawaii Thursday night. All games will be at Fleischer Park.

STATE 8-10 BASEBALL TOURNAMENT

Sunnyside (0-1) faces Maricopa (0-1) in an elimination game Monday night at the 8-10 State Baseball playoffs taking place at Freedom Park. It’s a long road, but the team from Mission Manor needs to win six elimination games in one week to make it to the championship game.

WESTERN REGION JUNIOR SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT

Down 6-1 and facing elimination at the Junior League Softball Western Region playoffs taking place at Arthur Pack Sunday night, Tucson Mountain exploded for 12 runs in the bottom of the second inning to help secure an 18-7 victory over Nevada.

The win over Spring Creek, Nevada (Ruby Mountain Little League) moves the host team one game closer to the championship bracket but the team must survive one more elimination game Monday night against Northern California (Yuba City).

Yuba City (Sutter Buttes Little League) lost to Washington 13-3 in the final of Pool A Sunday night. Sammamish, Washington (Eastlake Little League) will face Santa Clara, Utah (Snow Canyon Little League) in the first round of the championship bracket Tuesday night.

Nevada moves over o the consolation bracket where the team will face Southern California (Burbank Little League) Monday night. Alaska (Anchorage, Abbott-O-Rabbit Little League) beat Southern California 3-1 in the other game scheduled Sunday night.

The winner of the tournament advances to Kirkland, Washington to play in the Junior League Softball World Series, starting on July 29.

Tucson Mountain survives to play another day (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

SUNDAY, JULY 15

WESTERN REGION JUNIOR SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT
Nevada 18, Tucson Mountain 7

MONDAY, JULY 16

STATE 8-10 BASEBALL TOURNAMENT
Sunnyside vs. Maricopa, 6:30 p.m.

WESTERN REGION JUNIOR SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT
Flagstaff vs. Oregon, 5 p.m.
Tucson Mountain vs. No. California, 7:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 18

STATE 8-10 BASEBALL TOURNAMENT
Nogales vs. Oro Valley, 7:45 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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