Three Rim country baseball teams are prepping for what could someday lead to the realization of almost every young player's dream -- a berth in the Little League World Series.
To reach that lofty goal, the Rim squads would first have to finish in the top two in the upcoming Area One tournaments. That would qualify the teams for a berth in the District One finals.
Winners there go on to the Arizona state tournament with their sights set on a state crown and the resulting seed into the "Big Show", played in Williamsport, Pa.
Payson's Major Division star team, made up of 11- and 12-year-old players, will travel north to Page for the area tournament opener at 5 p.m., July 12, against the Flagstaff stars.
Also in the tournament are teams representing Coconino, Holbrook, Flagstaff Continental, Flagstaff Mt. Elden and Page. The fray wraps at 8 p.m., July 14 with the championship game.
Payson's Junior League entry made up of 13-year-old players will only have to travel to PHS field for the area tournament.
Payson opens its pursuit of the crown at 8 p.m., July 7 against Page. Also entered in the tournament are teams from Winslow, Flagstaff and Flagstaff Continental.
The juniors wrap up age play with the gold medal finale at 5 p.m., July 9.
All games will be played on Longhorn field. The senior division tournament will be hosted in Flagstaff where Payson debuts at 5 p.m., July 6, against Holbrook. Also entered are Continental, Winslow, Flagstaff and Page.
The senior area champions will be crowned after an 8 p.m. gold-medal game on July 9.
Players where chosen to the local all-star teams at the conclusion of the regular season by a voting of coaches.