Little League Baseball

San Xavier forces deciding game for District 12 Juniors title

San Xavier’s loss to Sunnyside in the opening round of the District 12 Juniors tournament last weekend apparently was the wakeup call it needed.

Since that 11-8 setback that sent it to the elimination bracket, San Xavier has stayed alive with three consecutive wins by scores of 32-4 against Los Niños, 18-14 against Southwestern and then 15-0 in a rematch with Sunnyside on Thursday night in the championship round at Jesse Owens Park.

That’s 65 runs in three games, an average of 21.7 runs.

Jacob Badilla scores one of the 65 runs San Xavier has scored in its last three games (Javier Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Asked about facing Sunnyside again, San Xavier manager Tony Diaz, “We felt good. We know they caught us on a bad day and hats off to them, they caught us. That’s baseball. Here we are again and we’re evened up. Now, it’s winner take all and my boys are hyped for it. They’re ready for it.”

Sunnyside and San Xavier will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Friday at Jesse Owens Park with the winner advancing to the state tournament that starts July 23 at Nogales.

Western, which was uncontested in District 5, has qualified for that tournament. The District 8 representative will be either Nogales or Sierra Vista. They start a best-of-three series on July 13 at Nogales.

San Xavier right-hander George Acuña was impressive against Sunnyside on Thursday, pitching four scoreless innings while allowing only two hits. He struck out seven and walked two.

He was also 1 for 3 with two runs, a stolen base and RBI.

George Acuña goes through his windup (Javier Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

“It was a good day for me throwing strikes, attacking the zone,” said Acuña, who did not allow a baserunner to advance past second base. “It was an overall good day. I would rate this performance a 10 out of 10.”

To pitch that well with a win-or-go-home scenario was “perfect timing,” Acuña added.

San Xavier’s lineup, from top to bottom, had perfect timing with their swings and showed patience at the plate. They tallied six hits that were combined with six errors, mostly in a six-run first inning and eight-run fourth inning.

“We just came out aggressive,” Diaz said. “I told the boys from the start, ‘Come out swinging the bats aggressive and let’s go, 1 through 11 (including two reserves). Let’s find a way.”

The top batters in addition to Acuña were Antonio Diaz (3 for 3 with two runs and an RBI), Carlos Alvarez (1 for 2 with two runs and two RBIs), Jacob Badilla (1 for 2 with two runs and an RBI), Andrew Delgado (1 for 2 with a run and RBI) and Poli Castro (an RBI triple in his only official at-bat).

“We’re all a good strong team; we can all hit, play the game and hit the ball … we’re all good,” Acuña said.

As for again facing a do-or-die situation in Friday’s game, he added, “Just make the plays, hit the ball, throw strikes and win.”

Angel Rodriguez and Carlos Urias produced Sunnyside’s hits.

Sunnyside will look to rebound Friday in the deciding game against San Xavier for the District 12 Juniors championship (Javier Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Note: * denotes elimination bracket game

Little League Softball

District 12

9-10-11

Sunnyside is the district champion heading to the state tournament at Payson on July 15.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Sunnyside10U2-1024x768.jpg
Sunnyside 9-10-11 District 12 champions (Sunnyside LL photo)

Majors

Sunnyside is the district champion heading to the state tournament at Queen Creek on July 6.

Sunnyside Majors District 12 champions (Sunnyside LL photo)

District 5

8-9-10

Continental Ranch is the district champion advancing to the state tournament at Cottonwood beginning July 9.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is ContinentalRanch-1024x768.jpg
Continental Ranch 8-9-10 District 5 champions (Continental Ranch photo)

Majors

Marana is the district champion heading to the state tournament at Queen Creek on July 6.

Marana Majors District 5 champions (Marana photo)

Juniors

Thornydale is the district champion heading to the state tournament that will be held at Arthur Pack starting July 5.

Thornydale Juniors District 5 champions (Marana photo)

Little League Baseball

District 12

Intermediate 50/70

Copper Hills is the district champion heading to the state tournament at Nogales on July 16.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is CopperHills2.jpg
Copper Hills District 12 Intermediate 50/70 champions (Javier Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

8-9-10 (Jesse Owens)

Thursday, July 1

*Game Seven: Cactus 13, Copper Hills 3

Friday, July 2

Game Eight: Championship — Rincon vs. Cactus, 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 3

Game Nine: Championship (if necessary, if Cactus wins Game Eight), 6:30 p.m.

9-10-11 (Field of Dreams)

Thursday, July 1

Game Seven: Rincon 5, Copper Hills 2

*Game Eight: Sunnyside 2, Los Niños 1

Saturday, July 3

*Game Nine: Copper Hills vs. Sunnyside, 6:30 p.m.

Monday, July 5

Game Ten: Championship (Rincon vs. Winner Game Nine), 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 6

Game Eleven: Championship (if necessary, if Winner Game Nine wins Game Ten), 6:30 p.m. 

Majors (Field of Dreams)

Thursday, July 1

*Game Five: Copper Hills 6, Cactus 1

*Game Six: Randolph 12, Southwestern 0

Ayden Galvan had 12 strikeouts in a no-hitter and Armando Bejarano went 2 for 3 with a double and two-run home run for Randolph.

Randolph Majors’ Ayden Galvan and Armando Bejarano (Bejarano photo)

Saturday, July 3

Game Seven: Sunnyside vs. Empire, 5:15 p.m.

Game Eight: San Xavier vs. Rincon, 7:45 p.m.

Monday, July 5

*Game Nine: Copper Hills vs. Loser Game Eight, 5:15 p.m.

*Game Ten: Randolph vs. Loser Game Seven, 7:45 p.m.

Tuesday, July 6

Game Eleven: Winner Game Seven vs. Winner Game Eight, 5:15 p.m.

*Game Twelve: Winner Game Nine vs. Winner Game Ten, 7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, July 7

*Game Thirteen: Winner Game Twelve vs. Loser Game Eleven, 6:30 p.m.

Friday, July 9

Game Fourteen: Championship (Winner Game Eleven vs. Winner Game Thirteen), 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 10

Game Fifteen: Championship (if necessary, if Winner Game Thirteen wins Game Fourteen), 6:30 p.m.

Juniors (Jesse Owens)

Thursday, July 1

Game Six: Championship — San Xavier (from elimination bracket) 15, Sunnyside 0

Friday, July 2

Game Seven: Championship — San Xavier vs. Sunnyside, 6:30 p.m.

District 5

8-9-10

Canyon View is the district champion heading to the state tournament at Silver Lake Park starting July 17.

Canyon View District 5 8-10 champions (Canyon View photo)

9-10-11

Canyon View is the district champion heading to the state tournament at Litchfield Park starting July 16.

Canyon View District 5 9-11 champions (Canyon View photo)

ALLSPORTSTUCSON.COM LATEST POSTS

Majors

Oro Valley is the district champion heading to the state tournament at Tempe starting July 16.

Oro Valley District 5 Majors champions (Javier Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Intermediate 50/70

Continental Ranch is the district champion heading to the state tournament at Nogales starting July 16.

Continental Ranch District 5 Intermediate 50/70 champions (Continental Ranch photo)

Juniors

Western is the district champion heading to the state tournament at Nogales starting July 23.

Western District 5 Juniors champions (Western photo)

FOLLOW @JAVIERJMORALES ON TWITTER! 

ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon. He became an educator five years ago and is presently a special education teacher at Gallego Fine Arts Intermediate in the Sunnyside Unified School District.

Comments
To Top