Little League Softball

San Xavier rallies to beat Sunnyside and capture District 12 Juniors championship

San Xavier is headed to the Arizona Junior League softball state tournament that starts July 5 at Arthur Pack (Javier Morales/

The work of San Xavier relief pitcher Miah Bracamonte and clutch hitting of Daynika Oliva propelled San Xavier to the District 12 Juniors softball championship over Sunnyside.

San Xavier defeated Sunnyside 12-10 behind Oliva’s go-ahead RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning on Tuesday night at Manzanita Park.

San Xavier advances to the state tournament that begins July 5 at Arthur Pack.

In the best-of-three series with Sunnyside, San Xavier won both games, 17-4 on Monday night and then Tuesday night’s thrilling victory.

The game was a scorefest early with both teams taking advantages of walks, hit-by-pitches, errors and wild pitches.

It was tied at nine with two outs in the third inning when Bracamonte entered the circle,

Bracamonte walked the first batter she faced to load the bases but then she struck out the next batter to end the threat for Sunnyside, which scored five runs in the inning highlighted by a two-run triple by Eliana Ramirez.

The game developed into a pitcher’s duel between Bracamonte and Sunnyside’s Amaya Godoy afterward.

Each team scored in the fourth.

Sunnyside’s run was unearned against Bracamonte because a fielding error happened on a play that could have ended the inning but a run scored on the play.

With two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning and a runner on third base, Amariz Acevedo hit an RBI single to tie the game at 10.

From that time, in the last three innings, Bracamonte did not allow a Sunnyside baserunner to advance past second base.

In each inning, Sunnyside had a runner at second base but that player was the last out each time.

In the fifth inning, Oliva, the catcher threw out the runner trying to steal third base. In the sixth, the runner on second base was ruled out because she left early before Bracamonte pitched the ball. And in the seventh, the last out of the game occurred when Sunnyside’s runner on second was caught in a pickle between second and third and was thrown out trying to dive back to second base.

Oliva’s clutch single to right field occurred with two outs in the bottom of the sixth with Alicia Navarro on second base after Navarro reached on an error and stole second. Navarro scored on the hit by Oliva, who came all the way home after two throwing errors to put San Xavier ahead 12-10.

Oliva went 2 for 3 with three runs and two RBIs. Delilah Wilson went 1 for 2 and scored three runs.

Bracamonte pitched the last 3 1/3 innings and allowed one hit and the unearned run. She struck out three and walked three.

Godoy pitched 4 1/3 innings and allowed four hits and three runs (one earned) with seven strikeouts and two walks.

Ramirez went 2-for-3 with two runs, a triple and two RBIs.

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