Diamondbacks Declare Payson Ll Day May 18

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The Arizona Diamondbacks have declared May 18 to be "Payson Little League Day" at Chase Field in Phoenix.

The game to be played that day will pit the hometown Diamond-backs against the Detroit Tigers.

With every ticket sold, the Diamondbacks will donate $2 to the Payson Little League program.

Also, the local Little Leagues will participate in a pre-game parade around the Chase Field warning tracks. The first 5,000 in the ballpark, will receive D-backs trading cards.

Game time is 1:10 p.m.

Tickets to the game are available from local Little League players, coaches and other volunteers, and must be purchased before May 9.

For more information, call Ken at (480) 231-3674.

Learning to play the D-backs way

Also on the sports agenda for the Rim Country's young players is the Arizona Diamondbacks Training Center, to be held July 7 to 11 at Rumsey Park.

Shannon Godfrey, Diamondbacks assistant for Baseball Outreach and Development, said both baseball and softball camps will be offered.

The camps, which are held through the week from 8 to 11 a.m., feature instruction in all aspects of baseball and fastpitch softball, including hitting, fielding, base running, pitching, strategy and sportsmanship.

Coaches usually throw in spirit contests and games to keep the camp sessions fun and interesting.

Godfrey said the purpose of training centers are to instill an enhanced self-image, increased skills, improved knowledge of the game and greater community pride in the participants.

The training centers are open to all players 6 to 18 years of age.

The fee of $150 includes 15 hours of instruction, a Diamondbacks cap and T-shirt, instructional DVD and the opportunity to attend select Diamondback home games.

All profits benefit Diamond-backs Youth Charities.

"We are excited for camp and we will be in Payson," Godfrey said.

The baseball camps usually fill to capacity, often attracting players who commute from the Valley eager to escape the searing desert heat.

For more information call 1-800-821-7152 or go to: dbacks.com/camp.

My apologies, saucers

I made a unforgivable error in writing about Albert and Charlene Hunt's deep pit barbecue beef dinner which will be a highlight of an upcoming Lady Longhorn softball benefit.

I wrote that no sauce is served with the delicious meat. In fact, sauce is available but some, including myself, don't use it because the meat by itself is tender, juicy and flavorful.

Sorry, sauce fans.

The next opportunity to enjoy one of the cowboy dinners will be during the 6th Annual Softball Deep Pit Beef Dinner to be held 4 to 7 p.m. April 18 at Lady Longhorn softball field.

Event coordinator Charlene Hunt is predicting an even larger turnout than in past years.

"We're preparing more (food). People enjoy this evening and want to come out to help the softball team," she said.

In addition to the meal, a pair of softball games is on the agenda. The junior varsity will play at 4 p.m. and the varsity about 7 p.m. The opponent for both games will be the Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets.

This year SemStream, who Hunt handpicked because, "they have so many local people working for them who are Payson High School graduates and very fine people," is sponsoring the dinner and game.

Tickets to the dinner are $5 and available at the door, or by calling (928) 468-1838.

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contests and games to keep the camp sessions fun and interesting.
Godfrey said the purpose of training centers are to instill an enhanced self-image, increased skills, improved knowledge of the game and greater community pride in the participants.
The training centers are open to all players 6 to 18 years of age.
The fee of $150 includes 15 hours of instruction, a Diamondbacks cap and T-shirt, instructional DVD and the opportunity to attend select Diamondback home games.
All profits benefit Diamondbacks Youth Charities.
"We are excited for camp and we will be in Payson," Godfrey said.
The baseball camps usually fill to capacity, often attracting players who commute from the Valley eager to escape the searing desert heat.
For more information, call 1-800-821-7152 or go to: www.dbacks.com/camp.
My apologies, saucers
I made a unforgivable error in writing about Albert and Charlene Hunt's deep-pit barbecue beef dinner which will be a highlight of an upcoming Lady Longhorns softball benefit.
I wrote that no sauce is served with the delicious meat. In fact, sauce is available, but some, including myself, don't use it because the meat by itself is tender, juicy and flavorful.
Sorry, sauce fans.
The next opportunity to enjoy one of the cowboy dinners will be during the 6th Annual Softball Deep-Pit Beef Dinner to be held 4 to 7 p.m. April 18 at Lady Longhorns softball field.
Event coordinator Charlene Hunt is predicting an even larger turnout than in past years.
"We're preparing more (food). People enjoy this evening and want to come out to help the softball team," she said.
In addition to the meal, a pair of softball games is on the agenda. The junior varsity will play at 4 p.m. and the varsity about 7 p.m. The opponent for both games will be the Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets.
This year, SemStream, who Hunt handpicked because, "they have so many local people working for them who are Payson High School graduates and very fine people," is sponsoring the dinner and game.
Tickets to the dinner are $5 and available at the door, or by calling (928) 468-1838.

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