American Legion Western Region: Tucson advances to semis with win over New Mexico

Ramses Mada. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)

Tucson Post 7 defeated New Mexico 8-3 on Friday to advance to the American Legion Western Regional held in Fairfield, Calif. The win moves the Tucson High team to the semifinals Saturday night at 7 p.m.

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

Tucson scored five runs in the top of the second inning against New Mexico (1-2) to set the tone 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 Leyva went 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI, Maddox Jones had 2 hits with an RBI, Juan Hernandez had 2 successes, Jose Zepeda picked up an RBI, Gabriel Valencia had a blow, Sebastien Contreras had a hit and an RBI and Jaden Leon walked twice and scored.

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

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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 Top High School Reporter in 2014, he received the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and AZ Education Recognition News in 2019. He coached youth, high school and college for over 30 years. He was the first in Arizona to write about high school beach volleyball and high school girl 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 Arizona’s top football player, and he was named 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 received a Distinguished Service Award from the Amphitheater and he was recognized by Councilman Richard Fimbres. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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