First pitch Friday for Little League tournaments
The Arizona District 10 Little League Tournament of Champions, which features five quad-city area baseball teams, kicks off Friday and runs through Sunday at Verde Valley River Front Park in Cottonwood.
Prescott North, Prescott South, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley and Dewey-Humboldt all will play in the single-elimination, 10-team tourney.
The championship game is set for Sunday at 5 p.m. on the park's Field 3. As in every other district tourney, the winner qualifies for the state tournament later this summer.
District 10 Administrator Bob Sanders said Thursday that the Major Division winners from all the district's leagues play in the tourney. The field is so strong that it's difficult to pinpoint a clear cut favorite, he added.
"Half to three-fourths of the guys in this tournament will be making the 11- and 12-year-old All-Star team, so it is pretty competitive," he said. "Anybody can win this tournament because it is a single-game elimination. If you have one bad inning, you can give the whole game or the tournament away."
Prescott North opens play in the top half of the bracket against Camp Verde Friday at 5 p.m. at the park's Field 3. The winner moves on to face Verde Valley in the quarterfinals Saturday at 5 p.m., also on Field 3.
In the bottom half of the bracket, Prescott South earned a first-round bye and will tackle Dewey-Humboldt Friday night at 7:30 on Field 2. If Prescott South wins, it will take on either Bagdad or the winner of the Williams-Prescott Valley first-round contest, which is Friday at 5 p.m. on Field 2.
Chino Valley, which also received a first-round bye, squares off against Wickenburg Friday night at 7:30 on Field 3. The victor of that game advances to the semifinals against either Verde Valley or the winner of Prescott North-Camp Verde Saturday at 7:30 on Field 3.
Also starting Friday at River Front Park is the District 10 Softball Tournament of Champions, which is composed of just three teams of Majors whose players are ages 9-12.
Dewey-Humboldt clashes with Verde Valley in the first game Friday at 5 p.m. on Field 1. The winner advances to the championship contest, where it will battle Camp Verde Saturday at 6:30 p.m. on the same field.
Later this month, from June 22-30, Mountain Valley Park in Prescott Valley will play host to the 10-team 9- and 10-year-old District Baseball Tournament.
Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley and Dewey-Humboldt all will field teams in the double-elimination tourney.
On those same dates, June 22-30, Prescott High School hosts the eight-team, double-elimination 13- and 14-year-old District Baseball Tournament. Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley and Dewey-Humboldt will have representation there.
From June 26 through July 1, River Front Park will welcome in the five-team 10- and 11-year-old District Baseball Tournament. Prescott, Prescott Valley and Chino Valley will have teams in the double-elimination format.
From July 6-15, Williams will host the 11-team, double-elimination Little League Baseball Tournament, with Prescott North and South, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley and Dewey-Humboldt in the mix.
On the softball side, Wickenburg will welcome in the five-team, double-elimination 9- and 10-year-old District Tournament June 26 through July 2, where Prescott Valley and Chino Valley will field teams.
From July 6-10, Camp Verde hosts the five-team, double-elimination 11- and 12-year-old Little League District Tournament, which also features Prescott Valley and Chino Valley.
Chino Valley's Community Center Park was scheduled to have the 13- and 14-year-old District Tournament, but only Verde Valley qualified. That squad will be named the automatic champion.