Nogales’ E.J. Mayer struck out 10 batters without a walk in 6 2/3 innings and also had two hits and two runs to lead his team to the Arizona Little League Intermediate 50/70 State Tournament championship on Thursday with an 11-3 win over Continental Ranch.
Ruben Celaya also went 3 for 4 with a run, triple and RBI in the game played at Fleischer Park in Nogales.
Nogales (the District 8 champion) lost to Continental Ranch (the District 5 champ) to start the tournament and went on to win five straight elimination games for the title. It beat Continental Ranch 12-1 on Wednesday to force a deciding championship game.
Due to COVID-19 protocols, Little League did not schedule regional and national tournaments at the Intermediate 50/70 age group this summer. Nogales won the Intermediate 50/70 World Series in 2014.
J.P. Tapia contributed two hits and three RBIs and Xaciel Garcia had two hits and three runs for Nogales in Thursday’s victory.
Wyatt Meza had a double and triple and two RBIs to lead Continental Ranch.