Little League Issues Plea For Players

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Payson Little League officials are seeking enough players to field a fourth team in the senior division (13-15- years-of-age).

According to league president Chuck Barton, only enough players to form three teams are currently registered.

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Payson Little League officials have issued a plea for senior division (13 to 15 years of age) players. Currently, there are only enough players for three teams. Little League officials would like to field four teams.

Officials say a three-team senior division would not be competitive and in the best interests of the young players. So, a public plea has been made to try and attract 13 to 15-year-old players for another senior team.

"As far as I know, Little League won't conflict with school teams," Barton said.

New players who register will participate in tryouts and a draft from 9 a.m. to noon April 24. The site will probably be Rumsey II, but the location has not been finalized, Barton said.

Players should attend the tryouts dressed in baseball gear and ready to play. The athletes will participate in drills designed to test the basic skills of hitting, throwing, base-running and fielding.

Players should also have their birth certificates at the tryouts.

Returning players who were on a team last season will remain on that squad.

The registration fee is $40 and discounts are available for families with more than one child participating in the program.

Those interested in participating in the senior division can register by calling Barton at (928) 468-1711, Mark Frantzke at (928) 474-2746 or Tony Wise, (928) 468-6839.

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