American Legion: Tucson takes 1-0 lead in best-of-3 championship series

(How many big names do you see in these American Legion boxes from 1964?)

2022 ARIZONA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

Tucson Firebirds Post 7 of Tucson High beat Cactus Cats of Desert View 7-3 Tuesday night at Vista Grande High School to go up 1-0 in the best-of-three series to decide the Arizona State American Legion state championship.

Nano Contreras got the win and Gennaro Brito picked up the save. Isac Ramirez other Maddox Jones hit home runs.

The second game of the series is set for Wednesday at 5 pm with the third game, if needed, following 30 minutes after.

The state champion will advance to the American Legion West Regional to be held in Fairfield, California from August 3-7 and the American Legion World Series is scheduled for Shelby, North Carolina from August 11-16.

AMERICAN LEGION HISTORY: 2018 WEST REGION RUN

(AllSportsTucson/2018)

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