Firecracker A Blast For Slow Pitch Squads

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The largest turnout in a decade showed up July 5 and 6 at Rumsey Park to participate in the ASA Firecracker Slow Pitch Softball Tournament.

The men's division attracted 16 teams from around the state. Ten teams participated in the coed division.

"It was a success, we had a lot of teams especially for the Fourth of July," tournament director Teddy Pettet said.

In the A division of coed play, Globe Taco Bell played its way to the tournament championship. Valley-based Bourget's was second and Guedo's Taco Shop of Chandler finished third. With a 2-2 record, 12-Pack of Payson captured fourth place honors.

In the coed B division, Rusty Ballers of Phoenix was first.

The men's C division championship was garnered by the Globe-Miami Merchants who edged Payson State Farm for the title.

Steve Dick's Air Conditioning of Phoenix was third and Queen Creek-based Rick's Plumbing took fourth.

In the men's D division, Phoenix Sun Craft finished first. Ten Winners and a Whaley, a team comprised of several Payson players, was second.

The men's tournament was July 5 at Rumsey and the coed event was played July 6.

"We had a couple of hot days, but we got through it with no problems," Pettet said.

Next on the Rim country slow pitch agenda is an ASA women's state championship tournament on Aug 2 and an ASA Labor Day tournament Aug. 30 through Sept. 1.

In addition to the planned tournaments, league play is under way through the parks department.

Call the Payson Parks and Recreation Department at 474-5242, ext. 7 for more information.

Other adult sports recreation activities will be planned for the fall and winter

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