Junior League Western Region: Nogales falls to Hawaii but is still alive

(Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)

Nogales fell to Hawaii 15-1 Sunday morning at the Junior League Western Region taking place in Bend, Oregon. The loss moved the Arizona State Champion over to the Elimination Bracket where the team will face the winner of Southern California and Idaho Monday at 2 p.m.

Nogales is now 2-1 at the regional and the team needs to win five games to get to the Junior League World Series, set for Taylor, Michigan starting on Sunday, August 14 where the West champion will face the host squad. Taylor is a suburb of Detroit.

The game with Hawaii was tied 1-1 through three innings of play but Hawaii plated five runs in the top of the fourth and nine in the sixth inning for the win.

Olivares had the RBI; Tapia had a double; Gomez had a double and Garcia and Mayer had singles. Celaya, Mayer, Gomez, Olivares and Molina all saw pitching action for Nogales.

Nogales 10, Montana 1

Nogales 17, Bend, Oregon 0 (4)

Hawaii 16, Nogales 1 (6)

Nogales vs. TBD, 2 p.m.


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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