Summer Prep Action Wraps Up Wednesday


Diamond action for the Payson entry into Arizona Prep Summer Baseball League wraps up at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow (Wednesday) on the Payson High School baseball field.

Payson's opponent Curve is a team made up of athletes who will play on the Notre Dame Academy team when the Phoenix-area private school opens next fall.

Coached by Teddy Pettet, the Payson team has played its way to a 12-10 record.

The team members include local athletes who will be entering eighth through 12th grades next school year.

Camp begins July 8

Diamondbacks Training Centers spokesman Jeff Rodin is encouraging local baseball enthusiasts to register as soon as possible for the upcoming D-backs camp. That's because camp sizes are limited and those who wait might be left out.

The Diamondback camp will be July 8 through 12 on the Payson High School baseball field. Campers ages seven-to-10 years will attend the camp from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Those 11 to 15 years old will participate in the 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. session.

Registration is $150 and includes a Diamondbacks Training Centers T-shirt, cap, bat bag, and two tickets to a Diamondbacks home game.

The week-long baseball camp will include curriculum endorsed by the Diamondbacks baseball staff and is matched to the age and skill level of the campers.

According to Rodin, instructors are handpicked by the organization to teach the fundamentals of hitting, fielding, throwing, base running and specific position play.

Proceeds from the Training Centers benefit the Arizona Diamondbacks Charities Youth Baseball/Softball fund.

Call Rodin at (800) 821-7152 to register for the camp.

Little League comes to town

Spectators and players who attend the Area One 9-10-year-old Little League tournament that begins Friday will have the opportunity to purchase souvenir T-shirts. Designed and manufactured by Payson Sports Equipment, the T-shirts will sell for about $14. Also at the tournament, Payson Little League will operate a snack bar that will offer grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, candy, popcorn and drinks.

Soccer camp

Coaches Hugh Bell and Mike Pantaloine of Prescott Yavapai College will host a boys soccer camp July 22 to July 25 on the new multipurpose field at Rumsey Park. Sessions will be held each day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The camp is open to all boys who will be entering high school next school year.

The tuition is $5 per play which includes a souvenir T-shirt and a soccer ball.

Call Roger Wholly at 474-2233 for more information.

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