Roundup: Prescott Valley softball All-Stars advance to state tourney
The Prescott Valley 11-12 Major's Little League All-Star softball team won the region championship last weekend after battling out of the losers bracket in Cottonwood.
Prescott Valley, which lost its first game of the tournament to Verde Valley, 5-4, bounced back in a big way, winning its last five games, including two against Williams to claim the title.
Pitchers Angie Ramirez and McKaylee Dodge led PV to a 15-2 win against Williams in the title game, combining for 30 strikes, PV coach Carey Young said.
Young added, "Every girl on the team either had a hit or scored... There were a lot of triples and doubles by everyone."
Catcher Haley Young caught a great game, as she threw a runner out at second. Courtney Stahley made the final out of the championship game, catching a fly ball at second base.
Prescott Valley moves on to play in the state tournament Saturday, July 7, in Bisbee. However, the team needs help getting there. Anyone interested in making a donation should contact coach Young at 928-899-3415.
The Prescott 9-10 Little League All-Star team advanced to the region championship game after defeating Chino Valley, 8-7, in a comeback effort Wednesday night in Williams.
Trailing 7-5 in the top of the sixth and final inning of the game, Clay Gross sparked a host of Prescott hits, which led to a walk-off three-run double by Ethan Pena.
Prescott had 15 total hits.
Peyton Merwin, Luke Frederick, Dillion Smith and Pena all chipped in from the mound.
Merwin was 2 for 3 from the plate, while Frederick went 3 for 4.
Pena finished 3 for 4 and Raymoundo Chairez was 3 for 4.
Slater Krupnick went 1 for 1.
Prescott plays Verde Valley tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the title game. Prescott must beat Verde Valley twice to win the championship.
With the loss, Chino Valley was eliminated from the tournament.