Rumsey Park will soon become a hotbed of Little League postseason play with teams from around Arizona converging on the softball and baseball diamonds to battle for the Area 1 championship and the right to advance to the district playoffs and possibly the state tournament.
Payson has been selected to host three area tournaments — 10-11-year-old girls fast pitch; 11-12-year-old boys baseball and juniors (13-year-olds) baseball.
Girls softball games will be played on Rumsey 1, the 11-12-year-olds baseball tournament is on Rumsey III and juniors baseball is on the Kiwanis East field.
Ken Schneider has been named the director for all games played in Payson and as is usually the situation in youth sports, he is in need of help.
“We are always looking for good, dependable volunteers to help keep score, pitch count, field prep and snack bar,” he said.
• Fast pitch games begin at 6 p.m., Thursday, July 5. The following day, games will be played at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. On Saturday, July 7, one game will be held at 6 p.m.
• 11-12-year-olds baseball games start at 2 p.m., Monday, July 2 and will continue with games at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. On Tuesday, July 3, games are at 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. No games will be played on Independence Day, but action resumes Thursday, July 5 with games at 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. On Friday, July 6, games are set for 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. The tournament wraps up with a championship fray on Saturday, July 7 at 5:30 p.m.
• Opening games for the juniors tournament are scheduled for 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 5. The following day, Friday, July 6, games are at 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. The finale will be played Saturday, July 7 at 5:45 p.m.