EV Little League teams come up short in state tournaments SanTan Sun News

EV Little League teams come up short in state tournaments

August 6th, 2018 | by SanTan Sun News
EV Little League teams come up short in state tournaments
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SANTAN SUN NEWS STAFF

There is no joy in the East Valley. All of its Little League teams have struck out.

While Mesa Red Mountain Little League had a banner season, placing teams in all three age brackets in state tournaments – highlighted by the 10-year-olds’ state runnerup finish, all three were eliminated short of hoisting the championship banner.

That also was the case with Chandler National South in the 12-year-old state tournament in Scottsdale, Tempe South in the 11-year-olds in Mesa and Gilbert National in the 10-year-olds in Tucson.

In the 12-year-old tournament, Chandler South went 4-0 in pool play to advance to the final bracket, where it ran into a menace in Cactus Foothills South. Chandler lost 13-8 to Cactus Foothills on July 24, and then was pummeled 12-2 by the same team the following night and was eliminated.

Red Mountain’s 12-year-olds failed to get out of pool play, going 2-2 at state.

In the 11-year-old state tourney in Mesa, Red Mountain was eliminated in the second round on July 16 in a 4-2 loss to Rincon, the eventual state runnerup. Tempe South went out in the second round, losing 6-2 to Cactus Foothills. Queen Creek won the state championship.

The East Valley was well represented in the 10-year-old division in Tucson, where Red Mountain nearly made a miraculous run to the title through the loser’s bracket.

After hammering Nogales National 11-1 for Nogales’ first loss on July 24, forcing a second and deciding game, Red Mountain fell 7-5 to Nogales the next night in the state championship game.

Gilbert National also was making a run through the loser’s bracket. But after bouncing Ahwatukee 14-1 on July 20, Gilbert was eliminated 7-0 by Red Mountain the following night.

(Kimberly Carrillo/Tribune Staff Photographer)

C.J. Snowden of the Chandler National South Little League 12-year-old all-stars makes a play in the infield. Chandler went 4-0 in pool play at the state tournament to advance to bracket play. The team was eliminated with back-to-back losses to Cactus Foothills South.

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