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LITTLE LEAGUE: Nogales wins Junior League; State and Region updates

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STATE 8-10 BASEBALL TOURNAMENT

Nogales International (4-0) will play Red Mountain (4-1) Tuesday night for the championship of the 8-10 Baseball tournament taking place at Freedom Park.

Nogales beat Red Mountain 10-7 on Saturday night to send the team from Mesa to the elimination final. Red Mountain will have to beat Nogales twice under the double-elimination format. There are no regional tournaments for this age group.

STATE 9-11 BASEBALL TOURNAMENT

Rincon (4-0) is in the championship game of the 9-11 Baseball Tournament taking place in Mesa, set for Tuesday, July 24. The team from Vail will face Queen Creek (3-1). Rincon beat Queen Creek 4-3 last Thursday, which means Queen Creek will have to beat Rincon twice. There are no regional tournaments for this age group.

STATE LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL TOURNAMENT

Sunnyside (4-0) and Western (3-1) are facing off in a best-of-three semifinal starting on Tuesday night in Scottsdale. Cactus Foothills South (4-0) and Chandler National South (4-0) are in the other semifinal. Nogales (2-2) lost 6-3 to Chandler National South Monday night. The championship series starts on Friday night.

INTERMEDIATE BASEBALL WEST REGION

The 50/70 Intermediate Baseball Regional taking place in Nogales is headed to bracket play with No. 4 Nogales (3-1) taking on No. 5 Alaska (2-2) and No. 6 Western (1-3) going up against No. 3 Hawaii (3-1) on Tuesday night. The semifinal round will be Wednesday night.

JUNIOR BASEBALL WEST REGION

Nogales is headed to San Jose after winning the state Junior Baseball Tournament in Tempe. The West Region is slated to start on Saturday, July 28 and Nogales will take on Oregon on Sunday morning.

SENIOR BASEBALL WEST REGION

Sunnyside lost to Southern California 6-1 on Monday night in Sacramento. Sunnyside (2-2) finished in fourth place.

LOCAL SCHEDULE

TUESDAY, JULY 24

STATE 8-10 BASEBALL TOURNAMENT
Nogales vs. Red Mountain, 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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