The Continental Little League 9- to 11-year-old All-Stars were down but not out in Monday's District One title game against rival West Flagstaff Little League.
Facing a 5-4 deficit heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, CLL rode a two-out rally and three straight hits for a walk-off victory, 6-5, in Show Low to take the championship trophy and punch a ticket to the state tourney.
Trey Parker hit the game-winning double, going 2 for 3 with the RBI and a walk. Cullen Callander sparked the rally with a single, his lone hit of the night, and he scored to tie the game on a double from Abiu Chairez.
Chairez was 2 for 3 with an RBI and a walk, and Parker's victory double was the second of the ballgame. Ezra Merrell went 2 for 3 with a double, an RBI and a run scored for CLL, which found itself needing the bats to wake up after going down 3-0 in the first inning.
CLL, which knocked WFLL into the losers bracket earlier in the tourney, scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth, cutting the deficit to 5-4. It took multiple arms appearing on the mound for CLL to get the job done. Parker did the most work on the bump, striking out four batters and allowing no hits through two innings.
CLL will play in Flagstaff for the state tournament, which will take place at the Continental Little League Fields starting Monday.
The Flagstaff Softball 9- to 11-year-old All-Stars dominated in the District 1 finals, taking an 18-2 win to punch their ticket to the state tournament.
Cailee Culwell pitched all five innings, striking out eight, giving up five hits and two runs with only one walk.
Offensively, Flagstaff was led by Danica Kern, going 3 of 4 with two doubles and a single scoring four times. Mia Pozar, Sydney Fowler, Hallie Watkins and Mariah Sims each had two hits and scored multiple times. Destiny Villas was on base four times, scoring three times.
Flagstaff finished the district tournament 3-0, outscoring their opponents 53-5.
Flagstaff’s strong pitching and timely hitting key to their wins throughout the tourney. Flagstaff will now travel to Sierra Vista to play in the 9- through 11-year-old state tournament starting Monday.
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The Flagstaff Softball 8- to 10-year-old Little League All-Stars pulled through with an extra-innings win in the first round of the state tournament in Cottonwood.
Tied at 8-all entering the top of the seventh to Four Peaks, Flagstaff came up with 10 runs -- giving them more than enough wiggle room to close out the home half of the inning.
Four Peaks scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh as Flagstaff stopped the comeback rally short.
Flagstaff had 14 hits, led by three apiece from Elise Welker and Olivia Zamora. Jimena Avitia and Baylee Barton each added three RBIs in the high-scoring outing.
Barton started in the circle for Flagstaff, pitching six innings and allowing nine hits, striking out 10. She allowed five earned runs and one home run. Jade Sandoval closed the final inning and gave up two earned runs while striking out a pair of batters.
The West Flagstaff 10- to 12-year-old Little League All-Stars took home the District 1 title behind a 15-0 win over White Mountain Monday night in Blue Ridge.
It took just three innings for West Flagstaff to win via run rule, scoring four runs in the first, six in the second and five in the third. As a team, West Flagstaff had 15 hits while holding White Mountain to just two hits.
All but two batters were able to get hits in the dominant win for West Flagstaff.
West Flagstaff advances to the state tournament, which begins Monday in Kingman.