(Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)

Nogales fell to Hawaii 15-1 on Sunday morning in the Western Region Junior League game in Bend, Oregon. The loss moved the Arizona State champion to the elimination bracket where the team will face the winner of Southern California and Idaho on Monday at 2 p.m.

Nogales is now 2-1 regionally and the team needs to win five games to advance to the Junior League World Series, scheduled for Taylor, Michigan starting Sunday, August 14, where the Western champion will face the host team. Taylor is a suburb of Detroit.

The game with Hawaii was tied 1-1 in three innings, but Hawaii scored five runs in the top of the fourth and nine in the sixth for the win.

Olivares had the RBI; Tapia had a doppelganger; Gomez had a double and Garcia and mayer had singles. CelayaMayer, Gomez, Olivares and Molina all saw pitching action for Nogales.

THURSDAY AUGUST 4
Nogales 10, Montana 1

FRIDAY AUGUST 5
Nogales 17, Bend, Oregon 0 (4)

SUNDAY AUGUST 7
Hawaii 16, Nogales 1 (6)

MONDAY AUGUST 8
Nogales vs. TBD, 2 p.m.

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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 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 received a Distinguished Service Award from the Amphitheater and he was recognized by Councilman Richard Fimbres. Contact Andy Morales at [email protected]

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