Payson Little League baseball and softball teams spent the past week practicing and gearing up for what local coaches, players and fans hope are deep runs into area, district and state tournaments.
Of course, each team’s eventual goal is to win the Payson program’s first-ever state championship.
Payson is a member of Area I and District I, which includes mostly Northern Arizona teams.
The Area Tournament will be the first to tip off with baseball games beginning July 2 in Payson, Winslow and Flagstaff.
Little League softball play begins July 6 with tournaments in Show Low and Payson.
Payson Little League baseball opening game schedule:
• 10-11-year-olds – 5 p.m., Monday, July 2 at Mark Grace Field in Flagstaff vs. Flagstaff Continental
• 11-12-year-olds – 7 p.m., Monday, July 2 at Rumsey III in Payson vs. Holbrook
• 9-10-year-olds – 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 3 in Winslow vs. winner of Holbrook vs. Flagstaff first-round game
• 13-14-year-olds – 5:30 p.m., Friday July 6 at Payson Kiwanis field vs. winner of Continental vs. Holbrook first-round game
Payson Little League softball opening game schedule:
• 9-10-year-olds – 4 p.m., Friday, July 6 at varsity softball field in Show Low vs. winner of Winslow vs. Silver Creek first-round game
• 10-11-year-olds – 6 p.m., Friday, July 6 at Rumsey I in Payson vs. winner of Winslow vs. Flagstaff first-round game.
Payson’s all-star players were selected in a voting of coaches held at the conclusion of the regular season. The all-stars, managers and coaches include:
Baseball, 13-14-year-olds – Manager Tony McNeeley, Coach Noah Sarnowski, Shadrach McNeeley, Taran Sarnowski, Ryan Ricke, Ruben Estrada, Carl Adcock, David Evans, Jake Beeler, Grayson Barr, Bryce Goodman.
Baseball, 11-12-year-olds – Manager Craig Chance, Coach Craig McMullen, Nathan McMullen, Gage Belcher, Kelton Turney, Dylan Shill, Jesus Cerna, Christian Mann, Garret Chance, Alex Dieball, Clayton Randall, Cubb Connolly, Tanner Gibson.
Baseball, 10-11-year-olds – Manager Mike Conway, Coach Warren Parton, Randy Adcock, Ronald Butler, Kevin Cerna, Jesse Conway, Dylan Justice, Wade Parton, Dillion Perkes, Kolton Ricke, Aiden Stockman, Cole Tenney, Adrian Vazques.
Softball, 9-10-year-olds – Manager Nick Landress, (no coach), Chanci Landress, Layla Stouder, Margaret Armstrong, Infinity Campbell, Abby Ast, Hailey Roberson, Sierra Vela, Kyler Smith, Carli Carpenter, Tanaya Bahe, Lilli Vela.
Softball, 10-to-11-year-olds – Manager Andre Newell, Coach Tara Smith, Jodi Taylor, Kylee O’Donald, Victoria Mercer, Jenna Smith, Carsyn Oestmann, Emma Lee Nelson, Bryndee Hall, Olivia Hagel, Kalea Smith, Lauren Murray, Alexis Ough.