The Flagstaff Softball Little League 9- to 11-year-old All-Stars started their District One tournament with a few dominant ballgames on Friday and Saturday in Winslow.

On Friday behind a stellar performance in the circle from Cailee Culwell, Flagstaff routed Page, 15-0, in four innings by mercy rule. Flagstaff's pitcher faced one over the minimum with eight strikeouts, one hit allowed and as many hit batters and walks each.

The defense had her back and Sydney Fowler's strong arm behind the plate got two runners thrown out at second base trying to steal.

Offensively, the bats were slow through two innings but woke up in the third. Leading 3-0, Flagstaff broke the game open with 10 third-inning runs on seven hits as a dozen batters came to the plate.

Nyomi Montoya and Hallie Watkins, who was 2 for 3, had inside-the-park home runs, driving in five of the 10 third-frame runs.

Cailee was 3 for 3 at the plate with a pair of doubles and a single.

Destiny Villas, Mia Pozar, Danica Kern, Monica Lopez and Madelyn Newton all added base hits.

On Saturday, Flagstaff again only needed four innings on the way to a 20-3 win against Silver Creek.

Flagstaff starting pitcher Lopez threw three innings, striking out seven batters, issuing three walks and allowing three runs on two hits. Mariah Sims finished the game in relief, fanning two batters to go with one walk and no runs allowed.

At the plate, Villas, Lopez and Fowler had three hits apiece and Pozar, Culwell and Montoya collected two each.

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The team again played outstanding defense, with Rylin Talley robbing a base hit to end the game.

Flagstaff today at 6 p.m. will face either Silver Creek or Turquoise Nation for the district title and a trip to the state tourney.


The West Flagstaff Little League All-Stars won the District One championship Monday, beating Payson 15-10 behind a solid outing on both sides of the plate from winning pitcher Tyler Iniguez.

WFLL scored seven runs in the first inning and Luke Huffmon had a double.

Teyan Clerry got the save for WFLL, which scored five runs in the second with singles by Iniguez, Jayce Vesely, Aeneyas Clerry, Tobyn Phillips and Huffmon.

Payson came back and plated seven runs in the third inning. Clerry came in as relief pitcher, finishing off three innings while giving up as many runs. Iniguez was 3 for 4 at the plate, and Vesely went 2 for 3 with a triple.

Clerry added a triple and was 3 for 4 and Huffmon connected for a double and finshed 2 for 3.

WFLL advances to the state playoffs that are set to take place in Tempe.

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