Tue, July 23

Title races come down to wire<br><i>Cardinals, Red Sox share Minors crown; White Sox win 5th straight in Majors</i>

Staff photo by Eric Lusk

Red Sox coach Scott Wilburn finds a fun way to keep his players cool in the dugout during last Saturday's game against the Cardinals

One of those wins was a 4-3 decision over the Sox on Saturday at Herridge Field. Anthony Sandoval hit an inside-the-park home run, which raced down the first base line, to break a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the last inning.

The Cards then held off the Marlins 8-5 on Monday to seal the co-championship. Both the Cardinals and Red Sox finished 13-3, four games ahead of the Giants and White Sox. The Marlins and Diamondbacks tied for third with 7-8-1 marks.

In the Majors division, the White Sox captured their fifth straight season championship. The team, coached by David Hauser, faced several stern challenges but finished one game ahead of the Cardinals and three games ahead of both the Athletics and Marlins.

The White Sox finished play this week with an 11-0 victory over the Cubs and a 9-1 decision over the Angels. The Cards beat the A’s 9-2 to secure second place all to themselves.

Youth baseball players will now turn their attention to the upcoming district all-star tournaments. The Minors tournament (9-10 year olds) will start Monday at Herridge Field and Cottonwood Middle.

The Majors tournament (11-12 year olds) will be held July 1-13 in Prescott Valley.

Rosters for both Verde Valley squads have been announced:

MAJORS: Aaron Hauser, Tony Vocca, Mike Cook, James Grace, Garrett MacDonald, Ely Self, Bradly Dixon, Emanuel Hernandez, Jeff Borron, Trevor Sanderlin, C.J. Taylor, Conner Barrett and Derek Lodmell will suit up 11-12 year old team. Dave Hauser, Frank Vocca and Neil Dixon will coach the squad.

MINORS: Hunter Zwart, Logan Stewart, Erik Sousa, Justin Nguyen, Desmen Luttrell, Daniel Lopez-Oehler, Tyler Wakefield, Matthew Chavez, Austin Rogers, Logan Islas, Tyrus Kirby, Richard Paynter, Chance Woodard and Ron Morones have been selected for the Verde Valley 9-10 team. Kelly Kirby, Cal Stewart and Scott Wilburn will coach the Minors all-stars.