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July 23-30: Arthur Pack
Two years and three days ago.
July 25, 2013 was the day Sunnyside run-ruled Granada Hills 12-2 to win the Western Regional held in San Bernardino. The victory became part of Sunnyside’s magical run to the Little League World Series championship.
Granada Hills defeated Sunnyside days earlier during pool play but that regional was run under a “winner-take-all” final which meant Sunnyside just had to defeat Granada Hills once to claim the championship.
The lack of a double-elimination final that year is just part of the fabric of the rivalry between the two programs. Some say the rivalry is heated and some say it’s just a rematch. At any rate, anywhere between 800 to 1,000 fans are expected to watch the drama unfold on Tuesday night when the two team meet up once again at Arthur Pack.
Extra bleachers have been brought in just in case.
There may not be as much history between Alaska and Thornydale but a healthy crowd is expected for that game also. Thornydale is the District 5 host team and the local team has been the surprise of the tournament while Alaska came in expected to do well.
Sunnyside sent Alaska to the Elimination Bracket on Saturday and Granada Hills did the same to Thornydale. Alaska defeated Northern California 9-2 Monday night to stay alive and Thornydale run-ruled Oregon 12-2 to set up the game.
It will be difficult to decide which one to watch since both games will be played at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 23
Southern California 12, Washington 2 (5)
Alaska 7, Montana 3
Thornydale 10, Oregon 4
Sunnyside 10, Northern California 2
Friday, July 24
Oregon 10, Washington 4
Northern California 8, Montana 3
Southern California 17, Utah 1 (5)
Alaska 10, Hawaii 0 (5)
Saturday, July 25
Oregon 15, Utah 4 (5)
N. California 10, Hawaii 0 (5)
Sunnyside 10, Alaska 2
S. California 13, Thornydale 7
Sunday, July 26
Washington 14, Hawaii 8
Montana 10, Utah 4
Monday, July 27
Montana 11, Washington 0
Alaska 9, N. California 2
Thornydale 12, Oregon 2 (6)
Tuesday, July 28
Sunnyside vs. S. California 6:30 p.m.
Thornydale vs. Alaska, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 29
Semifinal, 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 30
Championship Game, 5 p.m.
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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here, on AZPreps365.com and on the pages of the Vail Voice and the Tanque Verde Voice. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com