Thornydale’s 9-10-year-old Little League all-star softball team capped off an undefeated five-game run in the District 5 tournament with a 17-0 win over Marana on Friday night at Arthur Pack Regional Park to advance to the state tournament.
In the Major softball division, Continental Ranch recorded a 27-9 win over Thornydale to clinch the district title and advance to the state tournament.
District 12 baseball
Powered by eight home runs and a 15-run sixth inning, the Pantano all-stars clinched the District 12 Major championship with a 25-3 win over Rincon in six innings.
Catcher Shane Bradford hit three of his team’s homers and had six RBIs, and Trevor Beck launched a grand slam in the 15-run sixth inning, in which Pantano batted around twice.
Pitchers Marcos Munguia and Ty Pennington took care of business on the mound and helped their own cause by each hitting home runs. Pantano’s two other home runs were by Jordan Woodruff and Joe Grono.
Pantano advances to the state tournament in Prescott.
The Pantano 9-10 all-stars also advanced to the state tournament, with a 15-0 win over Santa Rita. Their state tournament will be played Gilbert.
Randolph used a 17-7 win over American to win the district’s 10-11 division, and the Southwestern all-stars are champions in the Junior division after a 6-5 win over American.
District 5 baseball
Three championship series in District 5 will head into decisive Game 3s Saturday.
In the 9-10 division, Continental Ranch beat Canyon del Oro 6-2 on Friday at Kennedy Park. For Continental Ranch, pitcher Eric Migueles got the win and also hit a solo homer. CDO’s Max Smith hit his second HR of the series, also a solo shot.
Saturday’s series finale starts at 6:30 p.m. at Kennedy Park.
In the 10-11 division, Tanque Verde’s Matthew Bashman hit his second home run of the game in the top of the seventh inning to break a 5-5 tie and lead his team to a 9-5 win over Thornydale. Game 3 will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Arthur Pack Regional Park.
In the Major division, Canyon View beat Thornydale 9-2 to tie their series 1-1. Troy Kunow went 1 for 3 and had three RBIs for Canyon View, which also got a solo homer from Luis Gonzales.
Their championship game is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Udall Park.