Western All-Stars will face the Sunnyside All-Stars on Monday at Curtis Park at 6 p.m. in an Arizona State Juniors Baseball Tournament winner’s bracket quarterfinals game after both teams were victorious on Saturday, the opening day of the event.
Nogales All-Stars also advanced to the quarterfinals with its 20-0 win over Westwood at Mehl Park. Nogales will face Rio Vista, which won two games Saturday to make the quarterfinals, on Monday at 6 p.m. at Mehl Park.
Sunnyside also won two games Saturday to advance — 9-3 over West Flagstaff and 15-14 against Mohave Valley — while Western defeated Paradise Valley North 11-1 in five innings.
Sunnyside facing Western guarantees a Southern Arizona team will play in the semifinals on Wednesday. If Nogales beats Rio Vista, it would mean a local team will advance to the championship round Friday. In this scenario, Nogales would play either Sunnyside or Western in the semifinals.
In Western’s mercy-rule win over Paradise Valley North on Saturday night, Yandal Rios-Arvayo pitched a one-hitter while striking out 12 and walking four. He also went 2 for 2 with two walks and two runs as the leadoff batter.
Western scored eight runs in the third inning to open a 10-1 lead.
Rios-Arvayo, Christopher Gutierrez, Santiago Mendivil, Dane Johnson, Marcelo Carpio and Oscar Murillo each drove in runs in the inning.
Carpio went 2 for 3 with a run and Johnson had two RBIS with his 1-for-3 performance.
More details on the Sunnyside and Nogales wins and other Little League developments from Saturday: