Softball All-Stars make run at District Championship

11 and 12-year-old girls from Williams, Seligman and Ash Fork finish a strong second

Top row, Coach Hume, Jorden Alvarado, Venessa Brandt, Carli Grantham, Athena Kennelly, Brittney Nixon, Shaelynn Cauthen,Veronica Hernandez, Coach Cauthen and Coach Stevens.Bottom Row, Erica Rocha, Nayeli Salceda, Jaden Alvarado, Lauren Hume, and Haley Talayumptewa. Submitted photo

Top row, Coach Hume, Jorden Alvarado, Venessa Brandt, Carli Grantham, Athena Kennelly, Brittney Nixon, Shaelynn Cauthen,Veronica Hernandez, Coach Cauthen and Coach Stevens.Bottom Row, Erica Rocha, Nayeli Salceda, Jaden Alvarado, Lauren Hume, and Haley Talayumptewa. Submitted photo

WILLIAMS, Ariz. - The Williams Little League All-Star softball team wrapped up the recent District Tournament with a strong second place finish. The Williams All-Star team was comprised of girls ages 11-12 from Williams, Seligman, and Ash Fork. After competing against each other throughout the regular season it was time to come together and compete as a team.

The first game of the tournament saw the All-Stars matched up against the Dewey-Humboldt All-Stars. In the first inning with two outs, a Dewey-Humboldt player hit the ball to the fence, quick action by the left fielder and a strong relay by the third basemen led to the Williams All-Stars stopping the run at the plate. With this play the team's confidence skyrocketed and their attitude toward each other reflected that of true team spirit and chemistry.

A run in the tournament was on.

The Williams All-Stars stopped the Dewey-Humboldt All-Stars in a 10-run shortened game, 24-3.

The following evening the Williams All-Stars took on the Wickenburg All-Stars. The Williams All-Stars were off to another good start after taking down the Wickenburg All-Stars 1-2-3 right away in the first inning. The girls immediately went to work hitting the ball, with every player getting on base and scoring in the game. Again Williams saw victory in a shortened game, 13-3.

This pitted the two undefeated teams against each other in the winners bracket, Williams All-Stars versus the Bagdad All-Stars. After giving up one run in the first inning the Williams All-Stars came fighting back. Great defensive plays coupled with good hitting throughout this extremely close and fiercely competitive game kept the Williams All-Stars undefeated as they came out on top, 9-8.

This victory sent the Williams All-Stars into the Championship game.

Although Williams gave them a battle, the Prescott Valley All-Stars were too much to overtake for the Tournament Championship. Prescott Valley won two straight over Williams for the title that sent them into the State Tournament.

Coach Lewis Hume expressed his gratitude to the Williams Little League Staff for organizational efforts that got them into the tournament.

"The parents, family and friends of the players, you were great, your support, cheering and encouragement helped make this a most enjoyable time," said Hume. "All-Star players, you were great. You came together as a team, played hard-nosed softball and enjoyed a good experience in competition. Your positive attitude toward the coaching staff, your position on the field and all aspects of the game were great.

"Congratulations on a good run. Thanks for making this an enjoyable and memorable experience for all."

Hume, Corey Stevens, and Jessica Cauthen coached the Williams Little League All-Star softball team.

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