Slow-Pitch Finale Turns Into Slugfest

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What was supposed to be a slow-pitch softball championship game turned into a marathon-like slugfest.

When the dust settled June 6 at Rumsey Park, after a two-hour battle for the Town of Payson Parks and Recreation Adult Coed Competitive Division crown, Dietz Team-12-Pak emerged victorious 41-36 over Ludtke Home Builders.

In the Recreation Division championship finale, B.Y. Construction cruised by Tonto Apache Recreation 17-3.

The championship games marked the culmination of a season that began in May.

Next on the P&R agenda are the men's and women's slow-pitch softball leagues, which begin play June 25.

Home run derby

Also on the calendar is the Fourth Annual Home Run Derby set to begin at 6 p.m. July 6 on the Rumsey II ball field.

Registration is $45 per three-person team and must be paid by the signup deadline of July 1. Players must be 21 years of age or older.

The event is co-sponsored by Mazatzal Casino.

The home run derby will feature both men's and women's divisions. For the women, the home run fence will be moved in to 200 feet from home plate. For the men, a home run is one hit over the regulation Rumsey II fence.

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, with an arch of six to 12 feet above the ground.

The good news for power hitters is that all bats are legal. Which means the high-dollar bats that are banned in ASA play can be used. Among those bats are the Worth Wicked, Easton Synergy Plus, Ultra and Ultra 2.

Those bats -- which can cost more than $300 -- send balls farther and with more velocity because some are built with a combination of fiberglass and graphite and others have double-wall titanium.

"There is no such thing as an illegal bat in this," recreation leader Charlene Hunt said. "And we won't be using restricted flight softballs -- they can bring their .50 core balls, which are illegal in most tournaments."

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 ties, a sudden death, one-pitch tiebreaker will be used.

For more information, call Mary McMullen at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.

Fun days at Taylor

Taylor Pool will host a "Family Fun Day" from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, June 15. Additional fun days will he held June 29, July 20 and Aug. 3.

Events include games, relays and other fun activities. Admission is $5 per family or $2 per individual.

Call (928) 474-2774 for more information.

Football sign-up

The Payson Chapter of the Central Arizona Youth Football Association held its first of five registrations June 9.

Additional registrations will be held from 8:30 to 11 a.m., July 7, 14 and 21 at the Rumsey North equipment room.

A final registration will also be held from 9 a.m. to noon, July 28, which also has been designated a draft day. During the draft, players will be assigned their teams for the upcoming season.

The registration fee for players is $75. The fee for cheerleaders is $60. When registering, players must have their birth certificates.

For more information, call Pam at (928) 978-6560.

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