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CV Little League All-Stars undefeated in District tourney<BR>

Chino Valley is in the driver's seat of the 9-10-year-old District 10 Little League All-Star Tournament in Williams.

Outscoring its three opponents 42-6, Chino is the tournament's lone unbeaten team and on target to advance to next month's state tourney in Tucson.

"These boys give everything they've got," Chino Valley Coach Bob David said. "They're just good boys and this town should be damn proud."

Chino faced the winner of Monday's Williams-Verde Valley clash Tuesday, with a win sending them on to Tucson for the July 24 –31 state tournament. A loss on Tuesday would have forced another game today in the double elimination tournament.

"This is the best all-around team I've ever taken," David said. "They've played three games without an error and have allowed only one run in their last 16 innings."

Chino has seven players returning from last year's district championship team.

"These kids are really pushing for it," David said. "I've got a lot of kids who have spent a lot of time getting ready for this."

Chino team members are: Matt Frank, Tanner Jackson, DJ Parker, Colby Douglas, Tyler Foley, Bridger Pearson, Brandon Porter, Dustin Burger, Michael Garcia, Tyler David and Josh Custodio. Don Berger and John Custodio are the team's assistant coaches.

Chino beat Prescott Valley 18-5 in their first game.

"I went with four different pitchers because I wanted to keep all of my them available for the next games," David said.

In All-Star tournament play, a coach can use a pitcher in consecutive games as long as they pitch only one inning in the first game.

Catcher Brandon Porter had five put-outs in the win and received the game ball.

Chino beat Prescott 6-0 in their second game. Matt Frank pitched for Chino.

"Matt threw 59 pitches in six innings and got eight strikeouts," David said.

Frank retired in the bottom of the sixth with the score tied at zero. Tyler David came on to close. Chino scored six runs in the top of the seventh and held Prescott off in the final inning when Dustin Burger caught a bunt and picked off the Prescott runner at first base for the game-ending double play. Berger was awarded the game ball for his outstanding defense.

Josh Custodio got the win in Chino's third game, an 18-1 thrashing of host Williams. Berger got another game ball for throwing out base runners.

David said he was particularly impressed with his own team's base running.

"We're very fast and very smart on the bases," he said. "This is just a great group of kids. They play with so much heart."

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