Opening Day Fun

Little League off and running for 2010

 Minor Division pitcher Christian Mann with the Athletics, winds up for a fast one to the plate in a game with the Cubs.

Minor Division pitcher Christian Mann with the Athletics, winds up for a fast one to the plate in a game with the Cubs. |

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Teams gathered for Opening Day April 17 for Payson’s Little League baseball/softball program.

The 2010 Little League season got off to a rip-roaring start April 17 with hot air balloon rides, bounce houses, live radio broadcasts by KMOG, raffles and prize drawings including one for a 42-inch flat screen television.

“It was an amazing day, absolutely awesome,” said Little League officer Felicia Moore.

The Little League snack bar was open and selling the usual tasty array of ballpark foods including hot dogs, soft drinks, peanuts and popcorn.

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Camile Cambier safely gets to second base. She plays first base for the Lunachicks in the Girls Softball Division. They played the Bears April 17.

The local ice cream parlor Scoops was also on site selling ice cream. Parts of the proceeds from the sales were donated back to the Little League program.

Bill Alldread was the lucky ticket holder in the drawing for the television.

Throughout the day, softball and baseball games were played on the Rumsey I and III fields. The regular season continued with games last evening and will be played each weekday and Saturday into early June.

Softball games will be played on Rumsey I and baseball on Rumsey II.

Moore said she wanted to thank all the volunteers who made the day an overwhelming success, including Payson PAYS for supplying the games and activities.

Next on the Little League agenda is a benefit golf tournament set for May 1 at Payson Golf Course.

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They might be opponents in play, but off the field, Clay Kaufman, Cubby Connolly, Alex Suarez and Cody Moore are good friends.

The four-man scramble tees off at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start. The fee is $65 per player and all profits benefit Payson Little League.

Tournament chairman Duane Kaufman anticipates a banner day, saying the fray has attracted two sponsors for each hole and there will be a variety of fun contests and competitions including closest-to-the-pin, longest drives and a big screen television prize for any entrant who scores an ace on No. 14.

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Camille Cambier, 6, of the Lunachicks gets ready to hit at Saturday’s Little League Opening Day in Rumsey Park. Cambier hit a single against the Bears and eventually made it to second base.

Kaufman also is planning a “Las Vegas Hole” in which players can wager on setting their tee shot into an eight-foot circle around a pre-selected par-3 hole.

Following the 18-hole tournament, a lunch will be served during the awards ceremony.

For more information, call Kaufman at (928) 978-1946 or Bob Ferkol at (928) 978-3772.

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