Sunnyside continued its hopes of a state championship Friday in the Arizona Little League state 9-10-11 softball tournament held at Rumsey Park in Payson.
Sunnyside beat Payson 16-10 in an elimination-bracket game that was called at midnight when the field’s lights turned off. Sunnyside’s win sets up a rematch with Queen Creek, which beat Sunnyside 13-10 in the opening round Thursday.
Queen Creek was sent to the elimination bracket by Cave Creek Cactus Shadows, who won that matchup 16-4 on Friday.
Sunnyside will play Queen Creek at 4 p.m. followed by the winner’s bracket final between Cactus Foothills and Phoenix Arcadia at 7 p.m.
Sunnyside’s roster with coaches Antoinette Bustamante and Shana Valerie Godoy:
Payson — Rumsey Park
e-elimination bracket game
Friday, July 16
G3: Cave Creek Cactus Foothills 16, Queen Creek 4
e-G4: Sunnyside 16, Payson 10
Saturday, July 17
e-G5: Queen Creek vs. Sunnyside, 4 p.m.
G6: Phoenix Arcadia vs. Cave Creek Cactus Foothills, 7 p.m.
Sunday, July 18
e-G7: G5 winner vs. G6 loser, 7 p.m.
Monday, July 19
G8: Championship — G6 winner vs. G7 winner, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, July 20
G9: Championship — if G7 winner wins G8, 7 p.m.