Young athletes at Rim Country Middle School have hung up their sneakers and are donning cleats in preparation for the opening of the school's first baseball season.
The Maverick baseball team debuts at 3:30 p.m. today (Friday) on Payson High School diamond against Miami.
The inaugural team returns to action March 24 when it visits Big Park.
The highlight of the season for the Mavericks will be participation in the Super Series Easter Classic youth baseball tournament April 18 to 20 at the Peoria Sports Complex.
The complex is currently the site of major league spring training and in May hosts the high school state tournaments.
Many of the athletes on the RCMS baseball team were members of the Maverick eighth-grade basketball squad that compiled a 9-9 record on its way to a second-place showing in the final White Mountain League standings.
Coach Rory Huff assesses the players as ones that "should be good additions to the high school program next year."
The team was fueled most of the season by leading scorers Bryson Addington (8.1 ppg), Alex Bunk (7.8 ppg) and Hunter Hardt (6.9 ppg).
Point guard Miles Huff, the coach's son, performed the role of playmaker and floor general throughout the WML season.