American Legion West Region: Tucson advances with win over Nevada

Maddox Jones. (Andy Morales/AZPreps365)

Tucson High Post 7 beat Nevada 1-0 Thursday at the American Legion Western Regional taking place in Fairfield, California. Tucson (1-1) will take on the loser of California and New Mexico Friday at 4 p.m. for a shot at the semifinals.

Tucson scored the winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning after Maddox Jones walked with the bases loaded to score Juan Hernandez, who led off the inning with a single. Jose Zepeda was hit-by-pitch to put two on and then Genaro Brito walked to load the bases. Nevada (0-2) picked up two strikeouts and then Jones went down two strikes before holding off for four balls in a row.

Hernandez went 2 for 2, and Gabriel Valencia, Isaac Ramirez and Zepeda picked up singles. Brito got the start and he collected 5 strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings and Hernandez closed out the win with 2 strikeouts. The Nevada pitchers picked up 7 strikeouts.


Named one of “Arizona’s Heart & Sol” by KOLD and Casino del Sol, Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and a 2019 AZ Education News recognition. He was 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 and his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy is a 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, became a member of the Sunnyside Los Mezquites Cross Country Hall of Fame in 2021 and he was a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee. He earned a Distinguished Service Award from Amphitheater and he was recognized by City Councilman Richard Fimbres. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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