Print Little League teams show well at tournament
Written by Staci Gasser   
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 00:00

The Verde Valley hosted the Little League Tournament of Champions on Friday through Sunday, June 7 to 9, and even though Prescott Valley prevailed on almost all counts, teams of the Verde Valley Little League made good showings.

Alex Nielson, the pitcher for the Verde Valley Little League Majors baseball team, the A’s, winds up a pitch during the Tournament of Champions on Friday, June 7, at Jimmy Herridge Memorial Field at Riverfront Park in Cottonwood. The A’s were knocked out in the semifinals of the tournament, losing to Prescott Valley 3-1.After a 15-1 regular season finish, the Verde Valley Little League Majors team, the A’s, made it to the semifinals after beating Bagdad 10-0 and Dewey-Humboldt 7-3 in the first and second rounds.

Then they faced Prescott Valley in the game that would put them in the finals, but lost 3-1.

“The boys played well. The thing that hurt us most in the game was basically we beat ourselves,” the A’s Head Coach Chris Taylor said. “[Prescott Valley’s] runs weren’t earned runs, they beat us on errors, so that was a downer on that one.

“But they did a good job. I’m happy with how they played all year. I saw a big improvement in fielding, hitting and working together as a team in each of the boys.”

For the full story, please see the Wednesday, June 12, issue of the Cottonwood Journal Extra.