|Camp Verde age 9-10 All-Stars finish 1-2 at tournament|
|Written by Brian Bergner|
|Wednesday, 07 July 2010 08:00|
The Camp Verde Minors All-Stars [ages 9 to 10] managed to get only one win during the District 10 Little League Tournament this past week, defeating the Williams All-Stars, 12-2.
The sweet taste of victory over Williams at Riverfront Park in Cottonwood on June 29 lasted only one day, as Camp Verde came up short June 30, losing to the Prescott Valley All-Stars, 8-7.
Against Williams, Rafael Zapata toed the mound and was fantastic, pitching a complete game, going four innings while allowing only two runs on one hit while walking two and striking out five.
The offense was just as good for Camp Verde, collecting 13 hits including a 3-3 day with two walks and two RBIs for Ernesto Casillas while Connor Collins was 3-3 with a triple and two RBIs.
“I thought we hit the ball well against Williams. The kids had a lot of fun that game,” skipper Steve Mahan said.
Other standouts included Zachary Wester who was 1-2 with a triple and two walks with two runs scored while Dominic Bruno was 2-3 with a run scored.
Against Prescott Valley on Wednesday, Bruno was handed the ball and was average on the mound, allowing five runs in four innings pitched as Prescott Valley collected five hits and worked one walk.
Collins and Casillas were each 2-3 at the plate on the day but Prescott Valley’s defense sniffed out every late rally by Camp Verde and found a way to stomp it out quickly.
Camp Verde managed to get out to a 6-0 lead in the top of the first inning against Prescott Valley and was ahead 7-5 going into the bottom of the sixth inning but Prescott Valley collected a few base hits and scored three runs to win it, 8-7.
“That was a tough game for us to lose; we were ahead for most of the game and they came back right at the end,” Mahan said.