9-10-Year-Old All-Stars State Dreams Wiped Out In Loss

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The Payson 9-10-year-old all-star team's dream of advancing to the Little League state tournament was wiped away with an 11-1 loss to Flagstaff Continental.

The defeat, which occurred July 8 in Snowflake, was Payson's second loss in the District 1 tournament.

An evening prior to losing to the Flagstaff team, Payson -- the Area 1 champion --as defeated 14-8 by Area 2 titlist Snowflake.

The twin losses ousted the Rim stars from the double-elimination shootout.

In the Area 1 tournament, which was played at Rumsey Park, Payson compiled a perfect 3-0 record that included an 8-3 win over Continental in the championship game.

But in the District tournament, the Flagstaff all-stars rebounded to oust Payson in the fourth inning on the 10-run mercy rule.

"We just didn't hit," Payson coach Ty Goodman said. "We didn't play bad defense, just didn't swing the bat."

For the elimination game, Clayton White started on the hill but later gave way to relievers Taran Sarnowski and Ryan Ricke.

In the loss to Snowflake, a team Goodman picks to eventually win the district title, Bryce Goodman got the starting pitching nod, but was later relieved by Austin Gibson.

Ty Goodman said both pitched reasonably well but "Snowflake has a lot of good hitters."

The coach bases his prediction that Snowflake will beat Continental for the district title on the quality and quantity of Snowflake's hurling.

"They have at least seven kids who really pitch," he said.

Although the loss was a disappointment to manager Denver White, Ty Goodman and the 11 young all-stars, a bright future awaits the fledgling players.

"This is a good group of kids and they will do well," Goodman said. "We tried to teach them the fundamentals and let them go from there."

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