Tucson Champs take 2nd at AABC 15U Ken Griffey, Jr. World Series championship


(Courtesy Photo)

(Courtesy Photo)

AABC 15U Ken Griffey, Jr. World Series
July 22-27: Surprise, Arizona

The Tucson Champs (8-2) went undefeated during Pool Play at the American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC) 15U Ken Griffey, Jr. World Series in Surprise this past week. The Tucson Champs beat Texas (14-6), New Mexico (10-2), New York (12-2) and Phoenix (11-2) in pool play.

Bracket play began on Monday and the Tucson Champs beat the Diamondbacks Baseball Academy 10-2 and then Albuquerque 4-0. The Colton California Nighthawks beat the Tucson Champs 7-3 on Tuesday morning but the team from Tucson rebounded and beat Utah 8-4 Tuesday afternoon to advance to the championship round.

Tucson beat the Nighthawks 1-0 on Wednesday morning to force an “If game” but Colton won the second game 5-3 in eight innings to win the championship. Tucson led 3-0 in the bottom of the third in the deciding game but the team couldn’t hold the lead.

Sunnyside’s Isaiah Arellano went 2-for4 in the championship game with 2 RBIs. Tucson High’s Ray Carrasco also had an RBI. Tucson standout Diego Bejarano went 2-3 with an RBI in the morning game.

1 Trey Meza
2 Pedro Grijalva
3 Raul Soto Romero
4 Dustin Bermudez
6 Isaiah Arellano
8 AJ Ramm
10 Alec Larsen
11 Jose Cornejo
12 Omar Escobedo
14 Dominic Rodriguez
15 Ryan Grabosch
24 Mathew Mungaray
27 Ray Carrasco
28 Josue Barcelo
32 Christian Montano
42 Diego Bejarano

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