Payson Little League all-star coach Eddie Duran is thankful to the many fans and supporters who helped make the recent Area 1 tournament an overwhelming success.
Duran said Bill Schwind and Nelson Beck at the Parks and Recreation Department went out of their ways to keep the Rumsey Park field in tip-top shape for the tournament. Duran also extends thanks to the fans, whose support was much appreciated.
"I would like to thank all the families of these boys as well as the people of Payson for showing up to these games and supporting the team," Duran said. "It was great."
Duran also thanked his assistants --cott Geske, Slade Gibson and Tige Godac --or their commitment to the team.
The all-stars advanced to the district tournament championship before being eliminated.
During the run, the young all-stars treated Rim country fans to some of the most exciting play in recent post-seasons. The never-say-die stars rallied from behind to win several of their games.
The home run derby scheduled for Saturday, July 16 at Rumsey Park was canceled because of rain and lightning.
According to town recreation specialist, Charlene Hunt, a derby make-up date has not yet been settled on. Hunt said she hopes to have it rescheduled by the end of this week.
When the tournament is held, each three-person team will be playing for prize money to be donated to a local nonprofit organization of their choice.
The prizes are:
- $500 for first place
- $300 for second place
- $100 for third place
All players will receive a T-shirt. Trophies will be awarded to the top three teams in each division.
The derby will feature both men's and women's divisions. The men's home run fence is 235 feet from home plate; women's fence is 200 feet.
Also, the women will hit an 11-inch softball commonly used in most recreation leagues. The men will hit a 12-inch softball.
Hitters will supply their own pitchers. Pitches must be underhand and arched 6 to 12 feet above the ground.
The good news for power hitters is that all bats are legal. Even the high-dollar bats banned by the Amateur Softball Association -- which can cost more than $300 -- can be used. Among those bats are the Worth Wicked, Easton Synergy Plus, Ultra and Ultra 2.
The tournament will begin with an opening round in which entrants are given 15 pitches. In the second round, they receive 10 pitches.
After the home runs for each team are calculated, the top four teams from both rounds will advance to the finals.
In the final round, each team begins with a zero score and players receive 15 pitches each.
In case of dead knots, a sudden death one-pitch tie breaker will be used.
For more information, log on to www.paysonparks.com or call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.