Little League Juniors clean up in Flagstaff
Williams team scores wins in Flagstaff, at home
WILLIAMS - The Little League Juniors baseball team is cranking along during the 2009 baseball season, scoring a number of wins recently against some scrappy Flagstaff competition. The Juniors' baseball team is comprised of players between the ages of 13 and 14-years-of-age. According to Coach Herman Nixon, the Juniors team is comprised of players Adrian Solano, Jacob Harner, Jimmy Perkins, Kenneth Barker, Carlos Amavizca, Coty Baxter, Ethan Berry, Jordan Brown, Jorge Davalos, Kohl Nixon, Joaquin Salaz and Blain Mitchell.
"Due to the fact that there is not enough teams in Williams, we're actually playing in the Flagstaff Little League. We will have 19 games this season with 12 home games," Nixon said, adding that Williams will play teams in Flagstaff, Payson, the Continental area, Page and Winslow this season. Williams played their first game against a Flagstaff challenger April 27, taking the win with a final score of Williams 11, Flagstaff 0. Williams player Kohl Nixon pitched a one-hitter in the game, facing 17 batters and striking out 10. Clean up hitter Jorge Davalos went two for three in the game to drive in two runs. Williams player Ethan Berry also went two for three in the game.
The Juniors went on to play a double-header at Continental Park in Flagstaff May 2, where the Williams team faced two challengers from Page. Williams took the win in the first game with a final score of Williams 9, Page 3. Williams pitchers Jake Harner and Jimmy Perkins kept Page to three runs in the game. Solano was three for three in the May 2 game, with Carlos Amavizca popping a single in the third inning of play to score two runs for Williams. That same inning, Williams player Blain Mitchell hit a two-run homer to seal the Williams victory.
Williams went on to win the second game of the double-header with a final score of Williams 15, Page 1. Officials called the Mercy Rule in the fifth inning of play. Pitcher Nixon threw 10 scoreless innings before Page scored a single run in the fourth. Nixon pitched seven strikeouts in the game, bringing his two-game total to 17.
"The entire team played stellar defense and hammered the ball both games," Nixon said.
The Juniors went on to play against the Flagstaff Diamondbacks May 4, with a final score of Williams 16, D-Backs 3. Juniors Jimmy Perkins and Joaquin Salaz pitched for Williams in the game, giving up a mere two hits by the end of the game. Players Coty Baxter, Nixon and Davalos were all three for three at the plate. Mitchell was two for two at the plate in the May 4 D-Backs game. The Juniors will play again Friday at 7:30 p.m. when they take on a continental team in Flagstaff.