Sat, Dec. 07

Pinar strikes out 16 batters for birthday win
As the regular season of little league winds down, players gear up for All-Stars

VVN/J. Pelletier
Brett Pinar fires the ball into the catcher's glove during the Mets' win over the Giants on Wednesday.

VVN/J. Pelletier Brett Pinar fires the ball into the catcher's glove during the Mets' win over the Giants on Wednesday.

COTTONWOOD - On Wednesday evening at Riverfront Park, the Mets and the Giants battled in one of the final regular season games of the Verde Valley Little League season. The Giants are the No. 1 team from the Majors division with one game left. But the Mets got the better of the top team in their final game when the Mets won, 4-0 in six innings.

On the mound for the Mets was Brett Pinar, who was pitching his final little league game. The day was also special because Pinar turned 13 on Wednesday as well. For the special occasion, Pinar struckout 16 batters out of the 19 he faced and led his team to their sixth victory on the season.

The Mets finish up the season 6-8-1 while the Giants went to 13-2 with one game left in their schedule.

The Mets got the better of the Giants when they took an early lead and never let up. In the first inning Kyle Creech reached on an error and then stole second. Then Pinar singled to score Creech for the lead, 1-0.

In the fourth inning, the Mets jumped ahead with three more runs. Caleb Conlin led off with a single, the Larry Lopez walked. Kyle Creech reached again on another error and a run scored. Then Turner Walz singled to score two more runs. The Mets led, 4-0 and with solid defense and pitching, the Giants weren't able to rebound.

Conlin had two hits for the Mets, Pinar had two hits and Walz had one. The Giants had two hits on the game.

The Majors and Minors divisions in the VVLL will finish up their regular season tonight. According to the master schedule online, the Majors: Angles vs. Braves at 5 p.m. on field No. 2 at Riverfront Park. The Giants play the Diamondbacks at 7 p.m. The Minors will play on field No. 3. Braves vs. Giants at 5 p.m.; Diamondbacks vs. the Angels at 7 p.m.

Next up is the Future Stars Game on June 10 at 6 p.m. at Riverfront Park. This is where the up and coming minors players will show their stuff in preparation for the majors division. Those players are nominated by their coaches.

After that is the Tournament of Champions for the Major division of the baseball and softball leagues. The top teams from each of the leagues will compete to see which is the best. The Tournament of Champions will be held on June 12 at Riverfront Park. Game times will be determined soon.

After the TOC, each of the divisions will pick their All Stars and get ready for the divisional playoffs.

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