July 10, 2012
Emma Nelson of Payson’s 10-11-year-old fast-pitch softball team slides to beat the tag at third base. The Payson All Stars opened against Flagstaff with an 8-7 win and later lost 15-10 to the same Flagstaff team to set up a for-all-the-marbles finale played yesterday, July 9, at Rumsey Park.
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A spunky group of 10- and 11-year-old softball All-Stars left Payson Sunday morning, July 15, bound for Benson and dreaming of winning the town’s first Little League state championship. The girls, managed by Andrew Newell and coached by Tara Smith, earned a state seed by virtue of winning both the Area 1 and District 1 championships.
While some Payson Little League softball and baseball teams have been eliminated from postseason Area 1 tournaments, three remain in contention for upcoming District 1 and the Arizona state tournament.