The Flagstaff Little League City Majors Tournament alternates annually from the west side of town to the east, so players, coaches and parents know well in advance when its coming to their territory.

“But our kids absolutely love playing on their home field,” said Dave Merrell, president at Continental Little League.

This year's host, CLL, which last won the city trophy in 2017 on its home turf, has four teams in the bracket, while WFLL has five seeking the city crown.

Four interleague matchups kick off the opening day Monday, with games being played on Dawson Field and Field Two at the Continental diamonds on the east side of town.

Last season the WFLL Black Diamondbacks never lost a game on the way to winning the title as the league's No. 1 seed, topping the CLL White D-backs for the championship. Since 2010, CLL has only won it twice.

Interleague play does not take place during the regular season, so the teams, made up of players 10 to 12 years old, will face fresh competition early in the double-elimination tourney.

CLL has adopted the continuous batting order this season, meaning substitutions will take place on defense only and the entire team will make up a lineup. WFLL implemented the continuous order a year ago.

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The WFLL Black D-backs again have claimed the No. 1 seed of their league for the tourney, going 13-1 to earn the spot and a first-round bye. The WFLL Mets were the last team to repeat as champs, completing the feat after becoming the first team in the tournament's history to climb out of the losers bracket for a title in 2013.

Meanwhile, CLL Gray took the top seed of their side, and have been scheduled to play the WFLL Pinstripe D-backs, a No. 4 seed, at 7:30 p.m. Monday on Dawson Field.

By Monday, Dawson Field might have a fresh look, as it's going to get a new scoreboard soon, according to Merrell. Moreover, CLL is set to host the state Little League 11s tournament.

The WFLL Gray D-backs went 8-5 for the side's second seed. CLL had a bit more parity during the regular season.

“We had three teams that could have finished first with two weeks to go, and three out of four teams could have finished as the top seed," Merrell said.

WFLL Brick, seeded third, and CLL Red, seeded second, will be the first teams to get the action started. First pitch for that game is set for 4:30 p.m. on Field Two.

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