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6/10/2013 6:01:00 AM
Prescott Valley, Prescott teams win District 10 Little League championships
The Daily Courier

COTTONWOOD - The Little League District 10 Tournament of Champions crowned four winning teams Sunday - all from Prescott Valley and Prescott.

The teams handily won all four championship games, with the closest margin of victory being seven runs, and the largest being 14 runs. Aside from the blowout - and near blowout - games, all of the contests had another similarity, the winning teams were able to crack the games open and never let up.

Softball Majors Championship

The Prescott Valley Intensity lived up to its name, taking the Verde Valley Wildcats to task and winning 15-4.

Neither the Wildcats nor the Intensity were able to assert themselves through the first two innings, but the Wildcats did exploit an overthrown pitch to take a 2-1 lead early in the game.

That would be the last time the Wildcats were on top as they began to unravel defensively, going into the bottom of the fourth down 9-2.

Verde Valley was able to stop a surging Intensity team by getting two outs at home after Prescott Valley hit two bases-loaded singles, which sandwiched a run scored from a walk.

In both the fourth and fifth innings, Verde Valley positioned itself to mount a comeback with runners in scoring position, but could not get the runs. A Wildcat in-field home run sparked life into the offense, but it was too little, too late and they still had to deal with the problem they had all game: not being able to overcome Prescott Valley's defense.

"We had a long year this year," Prescott Valley Coach Dennis Currier. "We started with a lot of inexperienced players and what I enjoyed the most was their growth as the season went along.

"We had some girls who came ill, we lost one girl during the season and we had a lot of girls playing in-and-out of positions they weren't used too. In this whole tournament we played with nine players, we had to pick a player up late."

He said the girls showed tremendous heart and courage, playing in 108-degree weather. "They played their hearts out this tournament and I could not be more proud," Currier said.

"This is why I do this, because it's for the girls and seeing the looks on their faces and seeing the excitement, seeing them progress in softball, it makes it all worth it."

Baseball Majors Championship

The Prescott Valley White Sox took advantage of early Prescott Ortho mistakes and never looked back, winning 15-1.

The White Sox went up 5-0 in the first inning, and forced a pitching change for Prescott to close out the inning. Prescott began to shore up its defense, giving up only two runs through two more innings, but could not get their bats connecting enough, tallying only one run.

Prescott Valley put the game well out of reach after the fourth inning by plating nine runs, 10-1, and did not let up the rest if the game.

In the fifth, PV notched five more runs, icing the game. The final score was 15-1.

Softball Minors Championship

The Prescott Valley Sun Devils took control of their game with a five-run inning to beat the Verde Valley Aggies 13-6.

The Aggies were unable to bounce back from the bad defensive play of that early inning, putting them in a 6-2 hole they were not able to dig their way out of.

The Aggies mounted a mid-game comeback in the fourth and brought the score to within one, 7-6, only to see Prescott Valley's girls crack it open, scoring five more runs.

A pop fly and forgotten tag-up resulted in a double play that ended the Sun Devils' last at bat; however, the Prescott Valley Sun Devils won.

"It was an awesome game and I'm proud for all my girls, and they did very good," Sun Devils Coach Robert Ramirez said.

Baseball Minors Championship

The Prescott Brewers started strong with 10 runs through the first two innings and beat Dewey-Humboldt 16-6. If the Brewers weren't swinging, Dewey-Humboldt was rarely getting strikes.

Prescott showed the onlookers that it had a defense as well, limiting the runs scored by Dewey-Humboldt. One example of their defensive clout came after making a throw from behind second to home, barely beating out the runner and ending Dewey-Humboldt's at bat.

"The kids played great. It was a challenge for us (compared to) our regular league, but our kids responded well to that and in a tournament like this, with kids this age, 8- to 9-year-olds, asking them to play back-to-back days, I had some kids that stepped up and did a good job for us," Prescott Coach Dan Streeter said.

"I'm really proud of them."

Cottonwood Verde Independent sports reporter Travis Guy contributed to this article.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, June 27, 2013
Article comment by: Steve Graham

Hello Everyone,
My name is Steve Graham. I am the coach for Prescott Ortho. I had a great group of kids that enjoyed playing baseball all year and never gave up in the last game. Pv had a great day good for them. I appreciate everyone that shows up at the fields to help all of our kids enjoy the great game of baseball.

Posted: Monday, June 17, 2013
Article comment by: To @ Dodge

Missed my point entirely. My son was plenty good and yet because we didn't fall into Hugh's clique, my son wasn't one of the "chosen." Sad.

Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Article comment by: @ Dodge

When you child wasn't picked to play baseball by Mr Eder did he quit baseball all together or did he work even harder and come out and prove him wrong??

Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Article comment by: I want to whine

Chad, .... Meetings have never been posted and minutes are not on website. Your website gives the public no information. It's also the same old league it has been in the last ten years, you haven't improved a thing, unfortunately. I wish you well, I know you do a lot as president but there's a lot that needs to be done.

Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Article comment by: Dodging a question?

C'mon, Hugh, you didn't answer the question. I remember back in the day when my son wasn't picked for your "club" team because he wasn't your son's friend. Surely being Mr. Baseball in Prescott your oldest is moving on to the Bigs, right? BTW, you are totally right about PV coming to win. They have a great coach who actually coaches these kids, which is more than I can say about some of these coaches in PLL.

Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Article comment by: Tabitha Team Mom

Hey! If any of you girls are interested in playing year round recreational/travel softball check out the Prescott Valley Sabers!!! We will be at Full Swing for sign ups on Saturday June 15th from noon to 3!!! Come check us out. You can also call Head Coach David Coats @ 928-499-7515 or Asst Head Coach Dennis Currier @ 928-533-3841

Posted: Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Article comment by: Hugh Eder

I find it interesting that the only people that have fessed up to their messages are Gary Wilson and myself... If you feel passionate about something, own it.

BTW, congrats to the PV White Sox, TOC Major champions. They came ready to compete and were clearly the better team on Sunday afternoon.

Posted: Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Article comment by: Chad Mickelson

Every one of our meetings has been posted a month early this year. Yes, we have minutes to view. Is there anything else you would like to whine about? It is pathetic that we have people like you to whine and complain about a volunteer organization. Be my guest to come and replace the countless hours that I spent in striving to provide a league that benefits the kids in our community.

Posted: Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Article comment by: The board seems anonoymous

By the way, how does one get onto the LL board? In my many many years with PLL, I have never once seen an announcement/advertisement for board members. Sure would like to be included. Seems it's who you know. Gary, care to share? Looking at your website, it doesn't even list the board members for the public to even get in touch. Are the board minutes public? Would be nice to see what happens behind the scenes.

Posted: Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Article comment by: To Hugh

Hi Hugh! Long time no see. Didn't know you cruised these message boards! So what school did Ty decide on for his college and baseball career? Would be nice to see a local kid make it out of high school.

Posted: Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Article comment by: Awesome Season

Congratulations to Prescott Valley to winning the championships in three out of four divisions. I also want to thank those responsible for the Prescott Valley Little League Season for all they did this year to make this season so fun and rewarding for the children. Many don't understand all of the hard work put in behind the scenes to make a season come together. Thanks again for all you do. I'm looking forward to next year!

Posted: Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Article comment by: Gary Wilson

@ Good...What are you looking for in a minor league coach? Someone to take your child to the next level, ha ha ha- D-1 maybe or even professional. PLL has plenty of fine VOLUNTEER coaches. As with any youth organization you get what you can take.,For the most part the league does a good job finising coaches. You could always step up and help instead of sitting back and complaining.

Put up or shut up

Posted: Monday, June 10, 2013
Article comment by: Hugh Eder

To "Good Job":
Understand there are some Board positions open for next season. Would love to have someone of your anonymous perspective step up. Start recruiting all the quality coaches you can. PLL will be happy to accommodate all of them!

Posted: Monday, June 10, 2013
Article comment by: Good job!

Good job Patriot Disposal. Dan is an awesome coach. Hopefully he is around for a long time in this league. Maybe the board can get their heads out of their you know what and get some quality coaches like Dan out there for our kids instead of choosing below average coaches that are board members or board members husbands or board members friends.

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