American Legion Department of Arizona Final 4 Tournament
July 14-15: Cherry Field
Tucson Post 7 swept Alhambra Post 29 in the semifinal round of the American Legion state tournament held at Cherry Field on Saturday. The Firebirds are now 13-0-1 on the year and they will play the winner of Post 8 Vista Grande and Post 133 Maricopa in the championship series scheduled for July 22-23 at Cherry Field.
Tucson beat Alhambra 23-1 on Saturday morning and 13-3 Saturday night to clinch the best-of-three playoff while Maricopa and Vista Grande split to force a third game on Sunday morning at Cherry Field.
The Firebirds are the returning champions, taking second place at the Western Regional last August in Colorado.
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.
Adam Moraga, Orlando Romero and Fabian Ferreira hit home runs to help pace Tucson. Ferreira hit a grand slam in the morning game.
Saturday, July 15
Tucson 23, Alhambra 1 (7)
Vista Grande 5, Maricopa 3 (12)
Tucson 13, Alhambra 3 (7)
Maricopa over Vista Grande
Sunday July 16
Vista Grande vs. Maricopa, 8:30 a.m.
Department of Arizona State Finals
July 22-23: Cherry Field
Saturday, July 22
Game 1: Tucson vs. TBD 8:30 a.m.
Game 2: Tucson vs. TBD 7 p.m.
Sunday, July 23 (If necessary)
Game 3: 8:30 a.m.
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 AZPreps365.com. Andy was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com