Tucson Post 7 set to host American Legion Semifinals

Tucson Post 7 is trying for another state title. (Andy Morales/

American Legion Department of Arizona Final 4 Tournament
July 14-15: Cherry Field

SERIES A: No. 1 Post 7 Tucson Badgers vs. No 2. Alhambra
SERIES B: No. 2 Post 8 Vista Grande Spartans vs. No. 1 Post 133 Maricopa

Tucson High will host the 2017 Department of Arizona American Legion State Tournament this year. The Badgers are the returning champions, taking second place at the Western Regional last August in Colorado.

The Badgers are now 11-0-1 in American Legion play this season, including 3-0 in the playoffs, while Vista Grande finished in seventh place but battled back through the playoffs, going 3-1, to make the state semifinals.

Tucson earned the top seed from Southern Arizona and Vista Grande is the second seed. Both teams will play the top two teams from the Phoenix area in a best-of-three tournament starting on Saturday, July 15. The two winners will face each other the following weekend in another best-of-three series for the state championship.

Metro State in Denver will host the Western Regional from August 2-6. The World Series will take place in Shelby, North Carolina from August 10-15.

Saturday, July 15
Tucson vs. Alhambra, 8:30 a.m.
Vista Grande vs. Maricopa, 8:30 a.m.
Tucson vs. Alhambra, 7 p.m.
Vista Grande vs. Maricopa, 7 p.m.

Sunday July 16 (If necessary)
Tucson vs. Alhambra, 8:30 a.m.
Vista Grande vs. Maricopa, 8:30 a.m.

Department of Arizona State Finals
July 22-23: Cherry Field

Saturday, July 22
Game 1: 8:30 a.m.
Game 2: 7 p.m.

Sunday, July 23 (If necessary)
Game 3: 8:30 a.m.

David Kelch
Martin Garcia
Joseph Molina
Adrian Arandules
Hector Bencomo-Romo
Fabian Ferreira
Rafael Padilla
Angel Castillo
Adam Moraga
Dylan Moran
Orlando Arechederra-Romero
George Arias
Oscar Lechuga
Richard Martinez
Jacob Federico
Luis Samorano


Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here and on Andy was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at


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