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San Xavier beats Los Niños to advance to Arizona Senior League baseball tournament

San Xavier successfully defended its District 12 Senior League championship from last season by defeating Los Niños (Javier Morales/

San Xavier, a team with nearly every player returning from last year’s Arizona Senior League championship team, played to form in Thursday’s 13-0 win in five innings over Los Niños in the District 12 championship game at Manzanita Park.

San Xavier advances to the state tournament at Nogales starting July 5.

Last season, San Xavier won the state title and advanced to the West Region Tournament at Oakland, where it went 2-2 and advanced to the elimination bracket semifinals. All but two of San Xavier’s players return from that team.

San Xavier won the first game of the best-of-three District 12 championship series by a score of 23-7 against Los Niños on Tuesday and established control of Thursday’s game early with three runs in bottom of the first inning.

That was all the run support needed for right-handed starter Jordan Lesley, a junior at Tucson High.

San Xavier’s Jordan Lesley delivers against Los Niños in the District 12 Senior League championship series (Javier Morales/

Lesley did not allow a hit in 4 2/3 innings before he reached a pitch-count of 71. He was relieved with two outs in the fifth inning and Ricardo Molina got the last batter to ground out.

Lesley, returning recently from an arm injury that sidelined him for five weeks, struck out five and walked two.

He also went 2 for 4 with two runs, two RBIs and two stolen bases.

Jesus Martinez, a junior at Cholla who had an RBI single in the first inning, went on to finish with three RBIs. He also showed a good glove at third base, diving to make a stop of a hard-hit ball in the fourth inning and throwing out the batter just in time.

San Xavier scored three more runs in the second inning before putting six more across in the third inning.

San Xavier leadoff batter Carlos Alvarez went 2 for 3 with two runs and an RBI.

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