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LITTLE LEAGUE: State & Western Regional roundup

San Xavier Little League took second place at state. (Courtesy Photo)

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STATE ROUNDUP

Rincon (2-0) is in the winner’s bracket semifinal round at the 9-11 Baseball Tournament taking place in Mesa. Canyon View (0-1) and Sierra Vista (0-1) face elimination on Tuesday night.

Western, Nogales and Sunnyside begin play at the Little League Baseball Tournament on Wednesday in Scottsdale.

Copper Hills (5-1) plays Mesa Four Peaks (3-1) Tuesday night in the final game of the elimination bracket at the 8-10 Softball Tournament taking place in Avondale.

Marana (1-1) needs to win tonight at the 9-11 Softball Tournament to advance to the championship series against Queen Creek (3-0) in Avondale.

San Xavier finished runner-up at the Little League Softball Tournament to Flagstaff.

STATE 8-10 BASEBALL TOURNAMENT

Sunnyside beat Maricopa 10-1 Monday night to stay alive at the 8-10 State Baseball Tournament taking place at Freedom Park. Sunnyside (1-1) faces Cottonwood Verde Valley (0-1) Tuesday night in another elimination game.

Oro Valley (2-0) and Nogales International (2-0) play each other Wednesday night in a winner’s bracket semifinal game.

WESTERN REGION JUNIOR SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT

Tucson Mountain fell to Northern California (Yuba City) 11-5 Monday night in their final bid to make the championship bracket of the Junior League Softball Western Region playoffs taking place at Arthur Pack.

Tucson Mountain (2-2) served as the host team of the tournament while Flagstaff (1-2) is the Arizona state champion. Flagstaff beat Oregon 12-11 Monday night to advance to the final of the consolation bracket where the team will face Burbank Southern California (2-2) Tuesday night.

The championship bracket is set with Northern California and Alaska (Anchorage, Abbott-O-Rabbit Little League) playing at 5 p.m. and Sammamish, Washington (Eastlake Little League) and Santa Clara, Utah (Snow Canyon Little League) following at 7:30 p.m.

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

MONDAY, JULY 16

STATE 8-10 BASEBALL TOURNAMENT
Sunnyside 10, Maricopa 1

WESTERN REGION JUNIOR SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT
Flagstaff 12, Oregon 11
No. California 11, Tucson Mountain 5

TUESDAY, JULY 17

WESTERN REGION JUNIOR SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT
Flagstaff vs. So. California, 5 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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