American Legion Western Region: Tucson advances to the semifinal round with win over New Mexico

Ramses Mada. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)

Tucson Post 7 beat New Mexico 8-3 Friday to advance to the American Legion Western Regional hero in Fairfield, California. The victory moves the team from Tucson High to the semifinal round Saturday night at 7 pm

Tucson (2-1) will face the winner of California (2-0) and Texas (2-0) in that game.

Tucson scored five runs in the top of second inning against New Mexico (1-2) to set the tone on Friday. Ramses Mada went 2 for 4 with a triple and 3 RBI, Genaro Brito went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI, Max Leiva went 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI, Maddox Jones had 2 hits with an RBI, Juan Hernández had 2 hits Jose Zepeda picked up to RBI, Gabriel Valencia had a hit Sebastian Contreras had a hit and an RBI and Jaden Leon walked twice and scored.

Victor Hernández threw 5 1/3 innings and Leyva finished the game. The duo collected 5 strikeouts.

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