Tucson Little League Baseball & Softball

West Region Junior Softball Day 2 Results: Utah & Mesa advance in winner’s bracket

Kenlee Clove hit a walk-off double to help keep Utah in the winner’s bracket. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

WEST REGION JUNIOR SOFTBALL
Arthur Pack Regional Park: July 18-24

DAY 2 PHOTOS

DAY 1 PHOTOS

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

Utah beat Washington 7-6 and Mesa beat Southern California 19-8 Friday night to advance in the winner’s bracket of the West Region Junior Softball tournament. Four more game are scheduled tonight at Arthur Pack starting at 5 p.m.

PLAYER OF THE DAY
Mesa standout Paige Wright went 2-for-4 with a home run and a double. She also collected four RBI. As a team, Mesa hit three home runs on Friday.

PITCHER OF THE DAY
Utah’s Payton Lister collected four strikeouts while only giving up two earned runs to help hold off Washington.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Utah’s Kenlee Clove went 2-5 against Washington but it was her walk-off double with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh that kept the team from Cedar National in the winner’s bracket. Clove had three balls and no strikes so a walk would have tied the game up 6-6 but she found herself with a full count moments later and she delivered on a double to center to bring in Michaela Whitehair and Gwen Dailey.

“I trained my whole life for this kind of moment and it was a full count,” Clove said. “I thought I hit the ball too hard and I saw her charging for it but then she backed up to pick up. I knew we had the win. We love Tucson and we know this is a great place to play softball.”

THURSDAY, JULY 18

FIRST ROUND
So. California 7, Alaska 1
Utah 21, No. California 5
Washington 23, Thornydale 2
Mesa 19, Oregon 0

FRIDAY, JULY 19

SECOND ROUND

No. California 14, Thornydale 0
NC: Alexis Lipary: 2 Doubles, 3-5, 3 RBI, SB
NC: Kyomi Apalit: 3-5, RBI, 3 SB, 4 Strikeouts
NC: Samantha Schuler: 3-4, 2 RBI
NC: Makenzie Stenson: 2-3, 2 RBI
NC: Joey Rowe-Babb: 1-3
NC: Malorie Hill: Double, 1-4
NC: Erin Holliday: 1-2, RBI, 2 SB
NC: Jade Watson: 1-1, 3 RBI
NC: Molly Rivas: 1-1, RBI
TY: Alyssa Pogue: 1-1, SB
TY: Emma Daniels: 1-1
TY: Megan Newton: 1-1
TY: Alison Randall: 3 Strikeouts
TY: Fallon Ross: 2 Strikeouts

Alaska 10, Oregon 7
AK: Kalyeigh Calderon: Double, 2-5, 2 RBI
AK: Olyvia Mamae: 2 Doubles, 4-5, 6 RBI, SB
AK: Alexa Hehl: 1-4
AK: Malama Matautia: 1-3, 3 Strikeouts
AK: Audrey Northcutt: 1-3
AK: Riley Smith: 1-3, 1 Strikeouts
OR: Sophie Moeller: 1-4, SB
OR: Maci Marr: RBI
OR: Liz Rowley: Double, 1-3, RBI, 5 Strikeouts
OR: Cooper Nave: 1-4, 2 RBI
OR: Brianna Rouse: 1-3

Utah 7, Washington 6
UT: Kenlee Clove: Double, 2-5, 2 RBI
UT: Payton Lister: Double, 1-2, 4 Strikeouts
UT: Michaela Whitehair: 1-1, RBI, SB
UT: Sidney Webster: 1-3, RBI
UT: Kamryn Allen: 2-3, 2 RBI
UT: Madison Fuller: 1-4
UT: Avery Vest: 1-2
UT: Gwen Dailey: 1-3, SB
WA: Ella Claus: 1-4
WA: Karli Kostoff: 2-3, SB
WA: Natalia Farago: 1-3, RBI
WA: Annika Dayberry: 1-3, RBI
WA: Kimora Johnson: Triple, 1-3
WA: Hannah Robarge, RBI
WA: Anne Crystal: Double, 1-3, 3 RBI

Mesa 19, So. California 8
AZ: Ava Finn: Double, 2-5, SB
AZ: Aymee Smith: Home run, 3-5, 4 RBI, SB
AZ: Devin Bowman: 2 Doubles, 3-4, RBI, 2 SB
AZ: Maddy Bleak: Home run, 1-5, RBI
AZ: Mikelle Schild: RBI, SB
AZ: Madison Hutchison: Double, 3-4, SB
AZ: Olivia Lamoreaux: 1-4, 2 RBI
AZ: Paige Wright: Home run, Double, 2-4, 4 RBI
AZ: Rylee Liljenquist: 1-2, RBI
SC: Samantha Vejar: Double, 2-3, SB
SC: Emily Anguiano: 1-3, RBI
SC: Janelle Ocegueda: 2-3, SB
SC: Audrey Aguilar: Double, 1-3, 2 RBI
SC: Evangelina Ramos: Home run, 1-1, 3 RBI
SC: Yazmin Gonzalez: 3 Strikeouts
SC: Sabrina Arciniega: 3 Strikeouts

SATURDAY, JULY 20

THIRD ROUND
Washington vs. No. California, 5 p.m. (Elimination)
So. California vs. Alaska, 5 p.m. (Elimination)
Thornydale vs. Oregon, 7:30 p.m. (Consolation)
TBD vs. TBD, 7:30 p.m. (Consolation)

MONDAY, JULY 22

THIRD ROUND
Consolation Final, 5 p.m.
Elimination Game, 5 p.m.
Utah vs. Mesa, 7:30 p.m.

TUESDAY, JULY 23

SEMIFINAL
Elimination Game, 6:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 24

CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL
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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