Little League All-Stars: Rincon 9-11, Nogales 8-10 state champions; Juniors Softball West Regional to start at Arthur Pack

THEY ARE THE CHAMPIONS

Nogales 8-10 and Rincon 9-11 win the championship banners and trophies (photos Nogales LL and Rincon LL)

STATE CHAMPIONS: WEST REGION ASSIGNMENTS

Nogales 8-10 Baseball (no regional for this age group)
Rincon 9-11 Baseball (no regional for this age group)
Sunnyside 50/70 Baseball: Nogales Host Team (Nogales: July 22-28)
Nogales Juniors Baseball (Bend, Oregon: August 3-11)
Nogales Seniors Baseball (Oakland: July 20-27)
Softball Thornydale Juniors: Host Team Marana (Arthur Pack: July 22-28)

FRIDAY JULY 22

STATE 8-10 BASEBALL: MESA (D-7)
Nogales 11, Mesa Four Peaks 9 (Championship)

Nogales National Little League Photo

Nogales 8-10 All-Stars completed an incredible eight-game elimination streak, including a two-game sweep of Mesa Four Peaks in the championship round, to win the state title.

Nogales lost their first match of the tournament to Four Peaks and went 8-0 afterwards. He beat Four Peaks 11-9 in the final game on Friday night.

List of Nogales:

  • Emilio Acevedo
  • Kal-el Ayala
  • Leonard Caballero
  • Justin Celaya
  • Isaac Corelle
  • Joel Corrales
  • Jesus Echeverria
  • Arciel Espinoza
  • Julien Lopez
  • Luis Monteverde
  • Dendrik Montijo
  • Humberto Pico
  • Christobal Quintero
  • Juan Rojas
  • Manager – Jack Routledge

STATE 9-11 BASEBALL: PHOENIX (D-3)
Rincon 6, Gilbert American 2 (Championship)

Rincon Little League Photo

Rincon 9-11 All-Stars went undefeated, a dominating 5-0 run, in the state tournament at Horseshoe Trails Elementary School in Phoenix.

The Vail area team defeated Gilbert American 6-2 to claim the title on Friday night.

Rincon List:

  • Nathan Ramirez
  • Justus Sipe
  • Kris Pedrique
  • CJ Horn
  • Demarco Valenzuela
  • Wall Bryant
  • Brendan Byars
  • Mikey Ortiz
  • Hudson Haner
  • Mayfield Gage
  • Walter Stange
  • Eli Hernandez
  • Colton Irby
  • Manager – Gene Ramirez
  • Coach – Justin Sipe
  • Coach – Frank Pedrique

STATE LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL: LITCHFIELD (D-2)
Sunnyside 6, Douglas 4 (7) (Elimination)

Sunnyside increased their winning streak to 10 games facing elimination in the District 12 Tournament and now the State Tournament with the 6-4 victory in seven sets against Douglas in the elimination final.

Sunnyside will face Peoria Sidewinder at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in the championship round. Sunnyside needs to beat Peoria twice Saturday night while Peoria needs a win. The champion advances to the West Regional in San Bernardino, Calif., from August 6-12.

50/70 WEST REGION: NOGALES (D-8)
Alaska beat Nogales
Sunnyside 7, Washington 5

Sunnyside are 2-0 in pool after Friday’s win while host Nogales are 0-2.

Sunnyside next plays Alaska at 10 a.m. Saturday. Nogales takes on Southern California at 1 p.m.

Sunnyside’s top performers in the win over Washington:

  • C Ezequiel Lorta, 3 for 4, 3 runs, 2 RBI, double
  • LF/P Josue Espinoza, 1 for 3, running, RBI, HR; 4 1/3 IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 5BB, 12Ks
  • CF Carlos Rodriguez, 2 for 3, 2 points, triple
  • 1B Luis Zazueta, 1 for 1, run, RBI, doubles
  • 2B JJ Montenegro, 1 for 1, RBI

SATURDAY JULY 23

50/70 WEST REGION: NOGALES (D-8)
Sunnyside vs. Alaska, 10 a.m.
Nogales vs. S. Calif., 1 p.m.

SENIOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: OAKLAND
Nogales vs. Hawaii/Nevada, 10 a.m.

STATE SOFTBALL 8-10: SIERRA VISTA (D-8)
Willcox vs. Cactus Foothills, 6:00 p.m. (Championship)

WEST REGION JUNIOR SOFTBALL: ARTHUR PACK (D-5)
Thornydale vs. Federal Way (WA), 8 a.m.
Marana vs. La Grande (GOLD), 8 a.m.

Arizona Junior Third Baseman/Catcher Izzy Pacho was a guest speaker at the West Regional Launch Banquet Friday night at Casas Church.

Izzy Pacho (pictured District 5 Little League)

SUNDAY JULY 24

50/70 WEST REGION: NOGALES (D-8)
Sunnyside vs. S. Calif., 10 a.m.

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