Rain pushes District 10 Majors All-Stars Tournament until after holiday
COTTONWOOD — Prescott All-Stars pitcher Tyson Potts made it through four innings with a 3-0 lead and 12 strikeouts, but the sky opened up over Mingus Mountain, dumping heavy rain and lightning strikes throughout the area Friday night, causing a lengthy delay.
After an hour wait and lightning still present in the area, play between the Wickenburg All-Stars and Prescott in the quarterfinals of the District 10 Majors All-Stars Tournament was postponed.
“We have to wait 30 minutes once lightning gets outside of a 6-mile radius,” tournament director Jayne Lee told the Prescott coaches as the rain began to flood the fields.
Before the rain delay, Zane Torrey hit a towering home run off Wickenburg pitcher Scrapper Riggs to make it 1-0 in the top of the second inning.
Potts was in complete control from the beginning, setting down the first 10 batters he faced via the strikeout.
Torrey got his second hit of the night with an RBI double to right field, scoring Chase Madrid, who pinch-ran for Potts after he led off the inning with a single. Torrey later scored on a wild pitch, giving Prescott a 3-0 lead.
With Prescott runners on second and third with two outs in the top of the fifth inning, the rain began to fall, and umpires ordered players back to their dugouts.
Lee said after checking with the Western District office, the game will resume play in the top of the fifth inning on Tuesday, July 5, at 5 p.m.
Prescott skipper Bert Miller said he will have to check the rules on pitching rest, but he plans to send Potts back out there Tuesday at Riverfront Park.
“I’m coming back with Tyson [Potts] if I have to,” Miller said. Potts had thrown 64 pitches before the game was called.
In the other quarterfinal game Friday night, the Camp Verde All-Stars led the Verde Valley All-Stars 5-4 in the top of the fifth inning before the game was called.
Camp Verde and Verde Valley will also resume play Tuesday at 5 p.m.
The Prescott Valley All-Stars (1-1) were able to stay alive in the tournament with a 13-2 win over the Bagdad All-Stars on Friday afternoon.
Treven Mertins pitched a complete game for Prescott Valley and Raytheon Dunn’s RBI triple ended the game.
With the win over Bagdad, Prescott Valley advances to play Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. against the loser of the Verde Valley-Camp Verde game.
A final score in the game featuring the Williams and Chino Valley All-Stars was not available at press time.
Brian M. Bergner Jr. is a sports writer and columnist for The Daily Courier. Follow him on Twitter at @SportsWriter52 or reach him by phone at 928-445-3333, ext. 1106.