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6/20/2013 6:01:00 AM
Prescott softball season cranks up with two monster tournaments
First up, this weekend's Beat The Heat
Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier
Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier
The Daily Courier


The Prescott summer softball season is already in full swing, but on deck are the two biggest tournaments of the summer.

This weekend, a tournament-record 49 girls fastpitch softball teams will pack a huge Beat The Heat Invitational onto 11 fields in Prescott.

And it won't even be the biggest tournament of Prescott's summer softball season.

On July 19-21, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) girls fastpitch Best of the West Championships is on pace to eclipse its own record, with up to 70 teams expected.

Five age divisions will be in town this weekend for Beat The Heat. And according to Arizona ASA Commissioner Don Fishel of Prescott, the biggest boost has come in the youngest bracket, the 10U division.

That group has a tournament-record eight teams this weekend, which has pushed the overall number of teams to 49. Last year's event in Prescott drew 43 teams, which was well up from the 20-some teams in past tournaments.

Helping draw the 10U teams to Arizona this year may be the 10U ASA B Western National Championships taking place in Peoria at the end of July.

"A lot of the 10- and 12-year-olds are really starting to play because they want to get into doing nationals. We're getting more 10's and 12's," said Fishel, who put the final touches on the 49-team schedule by 3 a.m. Wednesday morning.

"Other than that, there's a lot of teams that understand that we run a good tournament here. The weather's nice, the fields are nice."

The busy weekend starts with a 10 a.m.-10 p.m. run on Saturday and concludes with an 8 a.m.-6 p.m. day on Sunday. Each of the 49 teams gets a four-game guarantee.

The 10U teams play at the Heritage Park complex during Saturday's pool schedule rounds. The Arizona Batbusters, made up largely of Prescott Valley players, are the local contingent in the 10U bracket, and open against AZ Power at 11:45 a.m.

The 12U bracket, featuring 11 teams, includes two local clubs - the SliderZ from Dewey-Humboldt and Lil Badgers of Prescott. The Badgers open play Saturday against Insanity-Red at 10 a.m. at Pioneer Park, while the SliderZ open up at 11:45 a.m. against AZ Magic at Heritage.

The 14U bracket is the tournament's biggest with 14 teams. The Prescott Lady Hawks open play against the Lady Titans on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Pioneer Park. The Verde Valley Heat open against the Lady Bombers at 10 a.m. Saturday at Pioneer Park.

The 16U bracket includes 10 teams, and has a couple of local clubs. AZ Attitude opens play Saturday against Kingman Krush at 10 a.m. at lower Bill Vallely Field. The Prescott Lady Hawks' first pitch is at 11:45 a.m. against Rebels-Mammoth at upper Vallely.

There are no local clubs in the 18U bracket, which features teams from Nevada and New Mexico, among others.



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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, June 28, 2013
Article comment by: Donald Key

I Donald Key would like to say sorry for not understanding anything about sports and competition. I didn't realize that the first couple of years when teams start out that they are a "C" club then "B" then "A", and that the "A" teams have their own tournaments. Yes it was an open tournament but the team that won was the only registered "A" team. It would be like Division 1 teams playing Division III teams. Sorry I rained on the parade and down-played what our local teams are doing. I also realized we have a lot smaller pool to pick from to make these teams possible.

Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Article comment by: Donald Key

we lost to an "a" level team that just wanted to win... boo hoo, your kids will have to compete against "a" level people their entire lives, deal with it

Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Article comment by: thanks courier

Thank you to the Daily Courier for not supporting you local teams once again. Just because the SliderZ are NOT from Prescott, lets not publish the great things they did last weekend. The coach from the team sent in the stats and of course we get nothing. The Prescott 9-10 all star team sneezes and your on it. This team is based out of Dewey but has players from Chino, Prescott and Prescott Valley along with Dewey. These girls deserve some publicity. You guys did a poll on what we want more and the #1 answer was more local. We are waiting.......

Posted: Monday, June 24, 2013
Article comment by: Proud Sliderz mom

Congratulations to our girls this wknd! Their hard work and dedication payed off! Congratulations to Miranda Sliderz centerfield for her grandslam on Saturday. Good hit kid!! WAY TO GO SLIDERZ!!!

Posted: Monday, June 24, 2013
Article comment by: Dewey Resident

Just wanted to congratulate the SLIDERS! What an amazing fete for our lil town! Playing against these teams from around the state. Also, it's good to still see some girls playing ball since our little league has decided to not have a softball division. What an injustice to our kids that is. The girls in Dewey are at a disadvantage because of it and I'm glad to see some girls play and keep these kids busy and from doing bad things. Would also love to see the stats from the other local teams in this tournament


Posted: Sunday, June 23, 2013
Article comment by: Sliderz were the team to watch!

As stated above Sliderz were the local team to watch and took 2nd in the tournament to an "A" level team who stepped down for this tournament in order to win! Couldn't be prouder of these girls who really do put the hours in each and every week and compete 2-3 times a month statewide! I think they deserve more coverage because they are the team representing this community in this sport! Sliderz has AMAZING players and coaching! It doesn't get better than Sliderz Softball!

Posted: Sunday, June 23, 2013
Article comment by: Sliderz Support

Sliderz are 4-0 on the weekend and will be in the championship game at 330 at heritage park. Come out and support these hardworking girls. They have earned it this weekend.

Posted: Sunday, June 23, 2013
Article comment by: Update Games

Just an update on your local teams. SliderZ won both games on Saturday 12-5 and 15-6. They compiled over 30 hits in the 2 games. They have won their first Sunday game 3-2. The Lil Badgers lost their 3 games on Saturday, coming close to victory a few times. They are currently playing now on Sunday. Please go out and support your local teams.

Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2013
Article comment by: Rae McCreary

GO SLIDERZ!!! You girls have worked your butt off and deserve a good weekend! YOU ARE THE TEAM TO WATCH!!!!!



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