LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL
Oro Valley beat Thornydale 6-2 Saturday night to advance to the championship round in Division 5. Oro Valley (3-0) will face the winner of the Elimination Bracket on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.. The winner of the Elimination Bracket will have to beat Oro Valley twice under the double elimination format.
Thornydale (1-1) will face Marana (2-1) Monday night at 7:30 p.m. for a shot at Oro Valley. CDO (1-2) will face Western (2-2) in the final of the Consolation Bracket at 5 p.m. on Monday.
The race for District 12 begins Wednesday, June 30 at Field of Dreams with the championship scheduled for July 9. (Copper Hills, Sunnyside, Cactus, Empire, San Xavier, Southwestern, Rincon, Randolph).
District 8, which takes in Cochise and Santa Cruz counties, will also start on Wednesday in Douglas. (Douglas, Nogales, Santa Cruz, San Pedro, Willcox, Sierra Vista).
ARIZONA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
Tempe Sports Complex: July 16-24
14 divisions are slated to take part. Division 5 (Tucson) will face D-9 (Kingman) on the first day at 6 p.m., D-12 (Tucson) will face D-10 (Yavapai) at 8 p.m. and D-8 (Cochise/Santa Cruz) will face D-3 (Phoenix East) at 6 p.m.
WEST REGION TOURNAMENT
San Bernardino: Aug. 8-14
The competition will include teams from Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, Northern California, Southern California and Utah. Arizona will face Southern California in the first game on Aug. 8. The top two teams will advance to the World Series.
ARIZONA WEST CHAMPIONS
1965: Phoenix South Mountain-East Side
1973: Tucson Cactus
1986: Tucson International
2003: Chandler National
2006: Ahwatukee American
2007: Chandler National
Williamsport: Aug. 19-29
There will be no international teams this year for the first time since 1975. There will be two divisions in the World Series with the West A team battling in the Hank Aaron Bracket and West B in the Tom Seaver Bracket. The winners of both brackets will face off for the World Series championship.
ARIZONA WORLD SERIES
1973: Tucson Cactus Runner-up
1986: Tucson International runner-up
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