Sunnyside overcame a four-run deficit to Flagstaff Continental, rallying for 13 runs in the fourth inning to win 17-10 in a winner’s bracket game of the Arizona Little League Majors state tournament at Queen Creek on Wednesday night.
The victory for Sunnyside, the District 12 champs, places it in the winner’s bracket semifinals against District 14 host team Queen Creek on Thursday at 5:45 p.m.
Sunnyside batted through the lineup twice in the fourth, highlighted by Camila Vargas hitting a grand slam after the bases became loaded with three straight walks with one out.
Every player in Sunnyside’s lineup scored that inning with Carissa Palomarez, Aviana Lopez, Anyssa Pacho and Vargas scoring twice with at least one hit. Camryn Moraga, Yzabella Armenta and Hailey Mariscal also recorded a hit and a run with Armenta belting a triple.
Pacho, the winning pitcher in Tuesday’s opening-round game of the tournament against San Pedro Valley, pitched the last two innings and retired all six batters while also striking out the side in the sixth.
San Pedro Valley of the Benson area remained alive on Wednesday winning an elimination bracket game 12-1 over Prescott Valley. San Pedro Valley will face Casa Grande, a 17-0 loser to Arcadia on Wednesday, in another elimination-bracket game Thursday at 7:45 p.m.
Marana, the District 5 champions, will attempt to stay alive in the elimination bracket Thursday with a game against Pinal Mountain at 7:45 p.m. Pinal Mountain lost to Queen Creek 25-0 on Wednesday.
ARIZONA LITTLE LEAGUE STATE MAJORS TOURNAMENT
Queen Creek — Desert Mountain Park
e-elimination bracket game
Wednesday, July 7
G6: Arcadia 17, Casa Grande 0
G7: Cactus Foothills 9, Blythe (Calif.) 0
G8: Sunnyside 17, Continental 10
G9: Queen Creek 25, Pinal Mountain 0
e-G10: San Pedro Valley 12, Prescott Valley 1
Thursday, July 8
e-G11: Four Peaks vs. Blythe (Calif.), 5:45 p.m.
e-G12: Goodyear vs. Continental, 5:45 p.m.
e-G13: Marana vs. Pinal Mountain, 7:45 p.m.
e-G14: San Pedro Valley vs. Casa Grande, 7:45 p.m.
G15: Arcadia vs. Cactus Foothills, 7:45 p.m.
G16: Sunnyside vs. Queen Creek, 5:45 p.m.
Friday, July 9
e-G17: G11 winner vs. G14 winner, 7:45 p.m.
e-G18: G12 winner vs. G13 winner, 6:30 p.m.
G21: G15 winner vs. G16 winner, 5:45 p.m.
Saturday, July 10
e-G19: G17 winner vs. G16 loser, 6:30 p.m.
e-G20: G18 winner vs. G15 loser, 6:30 p.m.
Monday, July 12
e-G22: G19 winner vs. G20 winner, 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 13
e-G23: G22 winner vs. G21 loser, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 14
G24: Championship — G21 winner vs. G23 winner, 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 15
G25: Championship — if G23 winner wins G24, 6:30 p.m.