Nine Yavapai County teams are vying for the District 10 championship in the Little League Majors All-Star Tournament that starts Friday and runs through late next week in Chino Valley.
The winner punches a ticket to the state tournament later this month in Gilbert with a chance to advance to regionals, which qualifies squads for the Little League World Series Aug. 15-25 in Williamsport, Pa.
Chino Valley Little League will host the district round for Majors players ages 11 and 12 on its two fields at Community Center Park, 1615 N. Road 1 East.
The tourney's teams include Bagdad, Camp Verde, Chino Valley, Dewey-Humboldt, Prescott, Prescott Valley, Verde Valley, Wickenburg and Williams.
Chino Valley L.L. president Tanner Stazenski said all profits from the tournament's concessions will be donated to the families of the 19 firefighters from the Granite Mountain Hotshots who died in the Yarnell Hill fire on Sunday.
"We've got a big banner to hang up down there (at our fields)," said Stazenski, referring to a tribute to the fallen firefighters. "We don't need the money as bad as they do right now. It won't be a lot, but every little bit helps."
Tournament play opens at 5:30 p.m. on Friday when Chino Valley locks horns with Williams.
Prescott battles Verde Valley of Cottonwood at 8 p.m. on Friday, although Prescott Valley won't hit the diamond until 8 p.m. Saturday against the Chino Valley-Williams winner.
The district title game is scheduled for next Thursday, July 11, with the if-necessary championship contest slated for that Friday, July 12. Both games have 6 p.m. first pitches.
Last year, Chino Valley didn't host a postseason tournament. This year, it's just happy to be back in the district's rotation.
"We're pretty excited to have it," Stazenski said of welcoming in the district Majors tourney. "I just hope the weather holds out for us - the monsoon season. Everyone's welcome to come out. Bring your lawn chairs and have some fun to support the local boys."