Marana won its third straight elimination-bracket game of the West Region Junior League Softball Tournament on Tuesday night at Arthur Pack Park, defeating Alaska 2-1 behind the pitching of Cadence Beck.
Marana will face Washington in the championship round Wednesday at 5 p.m.
Marana, which lost to Washington 10-5 on Sunday, has to beat Washington twice on Wednesday to win the title and advance to the Junior League World Series that starts Sunday at Kirkland, Wash.
Beck, who took part in the national Little League Home Run Derby two years ago, was dominant in the circle against Alaska allowing five hits in seven innings with six strikeouts and one walk.
Alaska scored first in the top of the first inning on Kinsey MacDonald’s RBI single.
Marana was held scoreless until rallying for two runs in the fourth inning.
After Brooke Beck singled, she stole second and then scored on an error on a line drive hit by Bella Sayre to center field by to tie the game at 1.
Sayre later scored on another error with two outs to put Marana ahead 2-1.
Cadence Beck and Alaska’s Alaina Reynolds then engaged in a pitcher’s duel.
Reynolds allowed only three hits in her six innings of work.
TUESDAY, JULY 25
WEST REGION JUNIOR SOFTBALL ARTHUR PACK
Marana 2, Alaska 1
Mesa Four Peaks 9, Utah 8 (Consolation final)
ARIZONA STATE LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP FLAGSTAFF
Sunnyside 2, Canyon View 1 (Forced deciding game)
Canyon View 9, Sunnyside 3 (Final)
ARIZONA STATE JUNIOR BASEBALL TEMPE
Randolph 9, Cactus Foothills 7 (Elimination final)
ARIZONA STATE 50-70 INTERMEDIATE BASEBALL QUARTERFINAL NOGALES
Douglas 11, Nogales 0 (Nogales eliminated)
WEDNESDAY, JULY 26
WEST REGION LITTLE LEAGUE SOFTBALL SEMIFINAL SAN BERNARDINO
Willcox vs. Southern California, 7 p.m. (ESPN+)
WEST REGION JUNIOR SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND ARTHUR PACK
Marana vs. Washington, 5 p.m.
ARIZONA STATE 50-70 INTERMEDIATE BASEBALL SEMIFINAL NOGALES
Douglas vs. Hawaii, 8 p.m.
ARIZONA STATE JUNIOR BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND TEMPE
Randolph vs. Mountain Pointe, 6 p.m.