Tucson Little League Baseball & Softball

Little League All-Stars Day 18 Results: Sunnyside to face Rincon for District 12 Little League Baseball championship; Tucson Mountain & Sierra Vista facing off in state tournament

Tanner Thornton (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

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Tucson Mountain beat Scottsdale Mountain View 17-4 to advance to the State Intermediate Championship taking place at Udall Park. Tucson Mountain has to beat Sierra Vista twice Tuesday night to qualify for the Regional Tournament slated for Nogales. The “IF Game” will take place immediately after the first game.

Tucson Mountain hit six triples and three doubles against Scottsdale. Nano Brito went 2-for-3 with two triples and three RBI; Tanner Thornton went 2-4 with two triples and two RBI; Ramses Mada went 3-4 with a triple, double and four RBI; Josh Menchaca hit an RBI triple; Cipri Moran went 2-4 with a double and two RBI and Tommy Padilla hit a double and collected two RBI.

Thornton picked yup the win eight strikeouts. Mikey Corrales erased the last four batters he faced in relief. For Scottsdale, Carson Borges, Luke Bonillas and Alessandro de los Santos all saw pitching action.

Ernie Paz went 2-3 with a double; Oscar DeLuigi went 2-2 and Ray Tarpenny had a double.

In District 12 action, Rincon beat Copper Hills 11-1 at Field of Dreams to advance to the Little League Baseball championship against Sunnyside. Sunnyside has to win once to advance to the state tournament. The “If Game” will take place Wednesday.

MONDAY, JULY 8

D12 BASEBALL LITTLE LEAGUE
Rincon 11, Copper Hills 1

STATE BASEBALL 50/70
Tucson Mountain 17, Scottsdale Mountain View 4

TUESDAY, JULY 9

D12 BASEBALL LITTLE LEAGUE
Sunnyside vs. Rincon, 6:30 p.m. Dreams (Championship)

STATE BASEBALL 50/70
Sierra Vista vs. Tucson Mountain View, 5 p.m. Udall (Championship)

THURSDAY, JULY 18

WEST REGION JUNIOR SOFTBALL
Thornydale vs. Utah, 5 p.m. Pack
Nevada vs. Washington, 7:30 p.m. Pack

FRIDAY, JULY 19

WEST REGION JUNIOR SOFTBALL
No. California vs. TBD, 7:30 p.m. Pack

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