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EV Little League teams come up short in state tournaments

August 6th, 2018 SanTan Sun News
EV Little League teams come up short in state tournaments
Sports and Recreation


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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