Western’s win puts three Southern Arizona teams in Juniors winner’s bracket quarterfinals

Western Juniors All-Stars won their first game in the Arizona State Juniors Baseball Tournament in impressive fashion (Western LL photo)

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:

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