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Sunnyside falls to Hawaii in chance to advance to Little League World Series

TUCSON – Representing Tucson and the state of Arizona, the boys from Mission Manor Park began the day just one win away from advancing to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Penn after defeating Northern California 3-2 on Friday. Unfortunately, their nemesis in the regional, Hawaii, beat Sunnyside LL and Arizona’s representative 4-1 on national TV.

We’ll have complete highlights on News 4 Tucson at 10 p.m.

–Here’s more from Friday’s victory that sent Sunnyside Little League to the Western Regional Championship game:

Led by coach Francisco Rivero, the Sunnyside Little League team played in the Western Regional Semi-Finals against a squad from the Sacramento area.

Down 2-1 in the bottom of the 6th inning, Izaiah Moraga hit a solo homer to tie the game at 2-2. Michael Muniz Jr. stepped up to the plate and hit a walk-off single that brought in Moraga to enable Sunnyside Little League to win a dramatic, come-from-behind-victory.

Sunnyside will face Hawaii in the Regional Championship to represent the West Region in the Little League World Series. The game will be broadcast on ESPN. First pitch is scheduled at 6 p.m.

Sunnyside pitchers Juan Hernandez and Damien Lorca both had 7 strikeouts.

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – The group of Tucson 11 and 12-year-old kids who play at Mission Manor Park have moved just a few games away from punching their ticket to the Little League World Series.

Sunnyside Little League is hoping to ride the momentum of their victory over Southern California to another victory. They suit up again and play on national TV (on ESPN) at 6 p.m. Tucson time.

The kids from Mission Manor Park hope to be the first team from Southern Arizona to win a College World Series since a squad from Nogales won in the 13 & 14-year old division. Here’s more:

Here’s a special mix put together by DJ Mixlab of Tucson:

U.S. Congressman Raul Grijalva has just issued a special proclamation to the team from Sunnyside Unified School Distric:


Paul Cicala

Paul Cicala

Paul Cicala is a 2-time winner of the prestigious"Edward R. Murrow Award" for his reporting/anchoring in news & sports. Paul Cicala has also been nominated for multiple EMMY's. Cicala has won the "Best Sportscaster" category in Tucson the last 3 years (voted on by readers of "Tucson Weekly"). Cicala is a native Tucsonan who specialized in border stories during his earlier career as a news reporter in this market, and now concentrates mainly on sports stories (with an occasional special report and/or feature story on life in Tucson & the Sonoran Desert).
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