WEST REGION JUNIOR SOFTBALL: Arthur Pack Regional Park: July 18-24
Host Team: Thornydale Little League
Alaska: Nunaka Valley Little League
Arizona: Mesa Four Peaks Little League
Northern California: Martinez Little League
Oregon: Wallowa Valley Little League
Southern California: South El Monte Little League
Utah: Cedar National Little League
Washington: Redmond West Little League
The opening round of the West Region Junior Softball tournament is in the books with Arizona, Southern California, Utah and Washington advancing in the winner’s bracket. In the double-elimination format, Alaska, Northern California, Oregon and Thornydale will be battling it out in the elimination bracket.
PLAYER OF THE DAY
Devin Bowman of Arizona (Mesa) hit two home runs with a grand slam while going 2-4 with eight RBI.
PITCHER OF THE DAY
Yazmin Gonzalez picked up 11 strikeouts with no earned runs to help pace Southern California past Alaska.
Thornydale outfielder Valarie Scott is taking part in the first-ever T-Mobile Little League Home Run Derby competition. Scott qualified from the Flowing Wells Continental Little League (District 5) at the local challenge where she was the only player to hit a home run.
Five softball finalists will compete at the West Finals at the T-Mobile Park in Seattle on Sunday, July 28. Six finalists from the East will competed at SunTrust Park in Atlanta on Sunday, July 14. The top eight of the 11 competitors will advance to Williamsport in August.
Angelee Calderon, of Sierra Vista Ponytail Little League (District 8), will also be competing in Seattle. Javier Chávez of San Xavier Little League (District 12) will be taking part in the baseball competition. There are 10 finalists from the West in baseball.
Scott played for Flowing Wells Continental Little League but the program merged with Thornydale Little League for the West Regional.
THURSDAY, JULY 18
So. California 7, Alaska 1
SC: Emilianna Morales: 4-4, SB
SC: Janelle Ocegueda: Home run, 2 RBI
SC: Emily Anguiano: Home run, 2-5, RBI
SC: Yazmin Gonzalez: 2-4, Double, RBI, 11 strikeouts
SC: Marina Hinojosa: 1-2, RBI
SC: Tiffany Jasso: 1-3
SC: Natalie Borgen: 1-2
SC: Vanessa Barraza: 1-4
SC: Heaven Reyes: SB
AK: Daphne Gray: 2-2
AK: Iris Jones: 1-1
AK: Riley Smith: 1-2
AK: Audrey Northcutt: 1-3
AK: Kalyeigh Calderon: 1-4
AK: Malama Matautia: 6 strikeouts
Utah 21, No. California 5
UT: Sidney Webster: Home run, 3-4, 5 RBI
UT: Kamryn Allen: Home run, Double, 3-4, 2 RBI
UT: Kenlee Clove: 2 Doubles, 5-6, RBI
UT: Avery Vest: Double, 1-3, 2 RBI, SB
UT: Michaela Whitehair: Double, 3-5, 2 RBI, SB
UT: Payton Lister: Double, 4-6, 2 RBI, 4 strikeouts
UT: Kylee Wheelwright: 1-4
UT: Jaylee Clove: 1-4, SB
UT: Liliani Vasi: SB
NC: Kyomi Apalit: Double, 3-4, 2 RBI, SB, 3 strikeouts
NC: Jade Watson: Double, 2-2, RBI
NC: Makenzie Stenson: 1-3, RBI
NC: Alexis Lipary: 2-4
NC: Joey Rowe-Babb: 1-3, SB
NC: Molly Rivas: 1-2
NC: Erin Holliday, 2 strikeouts
Washington 23, Thornydale 2
WA: Shealyn O’Connor: Triple, 1-2, RBI
WA: Natalia Farago: 2 Doubles, 3-3, 2 RBI
WA: Tatum Wood: 2 Doubles, 2-4, 4 RBI, 2 strikeouts
WA: Krista Kostoff: Doubles, 1-2, RBI
WA: Annika Dayberry: 3-4, 4 RBI, SB
WA: Ella Claus: 2-4, 4 RBI
WA: Karli Kostoff: 1-2, RBI, 1 strikeout
WA: Kimora Johnson: 1-2
WA: Abigail Lew: RBI, SB
TY: Emma Daniels: 1-1, SB
TY: Emma Felix: 1-2
TY: Alyssa Pogue: SB
TY: Alison Randall, 1 strikeout
Mesa 19, Oregon 0
MS: Devin Bowman: 2 Home runs, Grand Salm, 2-4, 8 RBI
MS: Olivia Lamoreaux: Triple, 1-3, RBI, 2 strikeouts
MS: Maddy Bleak: Double, 3-4, RBI, 4 SB
MS: Sydnee Vaughn: 2-2, 2 RBI
MS: Hayden Jones: 1-2, 2 RBI
MS: Ava Finn: 3-4, RBI
MS: Tacey Faroni: 1-2, RBI
MS: Aymee Smith: 2-4, SB
MS: Madison Hutchison: 1-2, SB
MS: Paige Wright: 1-4
MS: Rylee Liljenquist: 1-1
MS: Mandi Bluth: SB
OR: Abby Straight: 1-1, SB
OR: Sydney Hopkins: 1-1, SB
OR: Cooper Nave: 1-2
OR: Aimee Meyers: 1 strikeout
FRIDAY, JULY 19
No. California vs. Thornydale, 5 p.m. (Elimination)
Alaska vs. Oregon, 5 p.m. (Elimination)
Utah vs. Washington, 7:30 p.m.
So. California vs. Mesa, 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY, JULY 20
Consolation Games, 5 p.m.
Elimination Games, 7:30 p.m.
MONDAY, JULY 22
Consolation Final, 5 p.m.
Elimination Game, 5 p.m.
Winner’s Bracket, 7:30 p.m.
TUESDAY, JULY 23
Elimination Game, 6:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 24
Game 1, 5 p.m.
If Game, 7:30 p.m.
Winner advances to Junior League World Series in Kirkland, Washington from July 28 to August 3. West Region will take on Latin American on Sunday, July 28.
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