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Little League State Playoffs at Arthur Pack: Sierra Vista Seniors are still alive

Makenzie Sanders. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)

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ARIZONA STATE JUNIORS SOFTBALL AT ARTHUR PACK

San Xavier led Chino Valley 2-0 after three innings but the District 10 champion scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 3-2 lead. San Xavier came right back with three runs in the top of the fifth retake the lead but Chino Valley scored three more runs in the fifth and five more in the sixth for the 11-5 victory in the Elimination Bracket.

Chino Valley (2-1) will face Gilbert (2-0) in the championship game scheduled for Friday at 5 p.m. at Arthur Pack. Chino Valley will have to beat Gilbert twice on Friday under the double-elimination format.

Gilbert beat Chino Valley 6-4 Wednesday night to stay alive in the Winners Bracket.

Breanne Petty went 3 for 4 with two triples, a double and three RBI to lead Chino Valley. Makenzie Sanders had a triple and two RBI to go along with the 12 strikeouts she collected from the circle.

Isabel Valenzuela went 2-4 with a triple and two RBI for San Xavier. She also had seven strikeouts in the game.

THURSDAY, JULY 8

ELIMINATION
Chino Valley 11, San Xavier 5

FRIDAY, JULY 9

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Gilbert vs. Chino Valley, 5 p.m. (7:30 if game)

Adacelli Salaiz-Noriega. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)

ARIZONA STATE SENIORS SOFTBALL AT ARTHUR PACK

Sunnyside and Sierra Vista played to a 1-1 tie after three innings of play but Sierra Vista exploded for six runs in the bottom of the fourth to take control of the game. Adacelli Salaiz-Noriega fueled that run with a grand slam.

Sierra Vista led 10-1 heading into the seventh but Sunnyside mounted a comeback with four runs in that final inning but it wasn’t enough and Sierra Vista came away with the 10-5 victory in the Elimination Bracket.

Samantha Vanderlinden picked up the win from the circle for Sierra Vista. Mia Ballesteros, Desarey Martinez and Joanna Romero led Sunnyside with two hits each.

Sierra Vista (1-1) will face Winslow (2-0) in the championship game Friday at 5 p.m. with the “if game” scheduled for 7:30. Winslow beat Sierra Vista 20-7 Tuesday night and Sunnyside 29-15 Wednesday night to earn the night off on Thursday.

There will be no regional tournaments at the junior and senior level this year so this will be the last stop for all the teams at state.

THURSDAY, JULY 8

ELIMINATION
Sierra Vista 10, Sunnyside 5

FRIDAY, JULY 9

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Winslow vs. Sierra Vista, 5 p.m. (7:30 p.m. if game)

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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017, a 2019 AZ Education News award winner and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. He was the first in Arizona to write about high school beach volleyball and high school girls wrestling. 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 is the Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Andy was named an Honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019 and he is a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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