Sunnyside lost to Hawaii 5-1 today in an elimination bracket game of the West Regional tournament at San Jose, Calif., but its sportsmanship was on display with the team interacting with the Hawaiians after the defeat.
Cesar Orozco homered and Roman Basurto went 2 for 3 with a double for Sunnyside, which ends its summer 8-2 through the district, state and regional tournaments.
The team, comprised of mostly 14-year-olds entering their freshman seasons in high school, remained on the field with the team from Hawaii after the game in a sign of unity.
The teams locked arms and jumped together in celebration after the game. They posed for this picture (courtesy of Sunnyside Little League):
The Sunnyside Senior and Junior teams both reached the West Regionals in their respective divisions. The Majors, who are 11 and 12 and can advance to the Little League World Series at Williamsport, Pa., begin play in the West Regional at San Bernardino, Calif., on Sunday.
Here is a roster of the Sunnyside Junior Little League team with where they will attend high school this school year:
Geraldo Salazar (Tucson HS)
Elijah Espinosa (THS)
Jovanni Toledo (THS)
Diego Pinedo (Sunnyside HS)
Brandon Moran (SSHS)
Gerardo Ortiz-Villa (THS)
Daniel Perez (SSHS)
Jerry Coyle (Salpointe)
Emilio Lizarraga (SSHS)
Esteban Young (SSHS)
Roman Basurto (Salpointe)
Cesar Orozco (SSHS)
Miguel Traslavina (SSHS)
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