American Legion West Region: Tucson drops first game to Utah

(Mark Morris Photo)

American Legion Western Region
August 3-7: Fairfield, California

Tucson High Post 7 lost the first game of the Western Region 3-1 to Utah. Tucson moves over to the elimination bracket where the team will face the loser of Nevada and Petaluma, California Thursday morning at 9:30 am

Tucson took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning after Jaden Leon walked and Isaac Ramirez singled him home. That lead held up until the bottom of the fifth where Utah scored three unearned runs with two outs. Tucson left two runners on with one out in the top of the seventh.

Juan Hernández went 2 for 3 and Maddox Jonesleon, Max LeivaRamirez, Ramses Mada other Gabriel Valencia all picked up hits. Sebastian Contreras threw six innings with 8 strikeouts and no runs earned.

Sam Johansen led Utah by going 2 for 2 with 2 RBI and the Utah pitching crew also collected 8 strikeouts in the win. Utah (1-0) faces Hawaii (1-0) Thursday at 4 pm

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Named one of “Arizona’s Heart & Sol” by KOLD and Casino del Sol, Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and a 2019 AZ Education News recognition. He was a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. He was the first in Arizona to write about high school beach volleyball and high school girls wrestling and his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy is a Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Andy was named an Honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019, became a member of the Sunnyside Los Mezquites Cross Country Hall of Fame in 2021 and he was a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee. He earned a Distinguished Service Award from Amphitheater and he was recognized by City Councilman Richard Fimbres. Contact Andy Morales at [email protected]

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