Sun, Dec. 15

Verde Valley Little League All-Stars

The 9-10 year-old Verde Valley Little League baseball team headed up to Williams this week to take on other District opponents in the All-Star tournament.

Verde Valley won their second game on Tuesday by hitting three home runs and aggressively coming after their opponents at the plate.

On Monday, Verde Valley defeated Camp Verde 15-8. Both teams started out equal, both scoring three runs in the first inning. The second inning went scoreless, leaving the game tied 3-3 after two.

But in the third inning, Verde Valley jumped ahead 6-3 and never looked back. Camp Verde cut the lead to two in the top of the fourth, but Verde Valley answered back with two runs, making the score 8-4. Again, Camp Verde cut the deficit, 8-6, but in the bottom of the fifth, Verde Valley broke loose and scored seven runs, to win 15-8.

To keep the momentum going, the team traveled back to Williams on Tuesday and defeated Chino Valley, 12-2. Pitcher Brett Pinar was on fire, pitching a no-hitter through his 75-pitch allotment.

Offensively, Verde Valley started things off with a double by Herb Tiffany. Then with one out, Orlando hit a home run, making the score 2-0. Zach Simmons then got on with a walk, stole second, then Cordell McKeever hit a single to drive him in.

The three runs put Verde Valley on top 3-0 through one inning after shutting Chino Valley down, 1-2-3. In the top of the second, Verde Valley scored three more runs. This time Brandon McIlvoy led off with a home run, then Pinar scored two RBI's to close the inning out.

The team continued to chip away at the Chino Valley defense, scoring one run in the top of the fourth and then breaking out with a five-run inning in the sixth.

In the 6th, Tiffany led off with a single, followed by another single by Marchado. Then again, Pinar hit a blasting double to score both runners. Simmons drew a walk, Oscar Gonzales hit a single to drive in Pinar and Simmonz and McIlvoy hit a double to score Gonzales for the fifth run.

"Every team in there is pretty tough," said coach Tim McKeever. "We knew it would be tough, cause most of the teams were old last year.

Verde Valley plays Prescott in the semifinals on Thursday. The loser of the game goes to the loser's bracket while the winner goes on to the championship game.

9-10 Softball

The 9-10 year-old Verde Valley Little League All-Star softball team played their first game on Monday and defeated Chino Valley, 22-8. They went 1-1 in the tournament against Prescott Valley on Tuesday night against Prescott Valley, dropping that game, 26-5. The tournament continues this week in Camp Verde. The winner of the tournament will advance to the State All-Star Tournament.

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