Little League All-Stars Qualify For State

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Payson Little League all-star minor division manager Craig McMullen is praising wins in area and region post-season tournaments as "complete team efforts."

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Little League post season play allows all-stars to see how they fare against players from other towns and cities around Arizona.

Everyone is contributing and playing well, he said.

With victories in the Area One and District One tournaments played in Eagar-Springerville, the Payson stars have qualified for the Arizona State tournament to begin July 19 in Springerville.

The state format will have the 12 district champions playing six games in a round robin over the course of a week.

The team's appearance at state will be the second successive year the squad has qualified for the Arizona showdown.

Last year, the team won area and district crowns and finished 2-4 at state.

In the post season, the 2006 Rim Country stars have dominated their opponents outscoring them 106-9 on the way to a 5-0 mark.

In the District Finals this week, Payson eliminated Show Low 24-0 and Flagstaff Mt. Elden 27-5.

In the win over Show Low, Miquel Mendoza hurled the complete game win. Against Mt. Elden, Chris Cooper improved his tournament record to 2-0 with a complete game. Chance Randall paced the offense with a 3-run home run.

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