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SRPMIC Teams Participate in D-Backs Tournament

He's safe! One of the 14 runs scored by the Lehi Lil' Raiders against Rosebud Thunder. Lehi won the game 14-9.

Lehi Lil’ Raiders Make Tournament Final 8

The Lehi Lil’ Raiders blew past the pool-play competition in the June D-Backs Inter-Tribal Youth Baseball Invitational with double-digit scores in the team’s three wins.

However, the runs didn’t come as easily come playoff bracket play.

Outkast beat Lehi 13-3 in the first round of the eight-team playoff on June 9. Outkast went on to earn third place in the 24-team Single A Division. One team from the six four-team pool-play divisions advanced to the playoffs, along with two wild cards. The Guadalupe Yaquis captured first place.

In pool play, the Lil’ Raiders went undefeated, beating Naatanii 16-8 on June 7 and the Reds 13-3 the next day. On June 9, Lehi outlasted Rosebud Thunder 14-9.

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Lehi Raiders Compete in D-Backs Tournament

The Lehi Raiders participated in June’s annual D-Backs Inter-Tribal Tournament in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. All games were played at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.

In the team’s opener, Lehi fell 9-4 to T.O. Hardball on June 8. Later that day, the Raiders lost in a close game to the Colorado River Braves, 4-2. In Lehi’s final game on June 9, the Raiders were shut out 15-0 by the Chinle White Sox, the tournament’s eventual runner-up.

The Raiders didn’t advance to the Triple A division championship bracket. Triple A is made up of high school-age players.

Bad News Bears Play in Youth Baseball Games

The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community’s Bad News Bears youth baseball team participated in the Single A Division of the Inter-Tribal Youth Baseball Invitational in June.

The Bad News Bears competed against the Chinle Jayhawks, the Warriors and Ak-Chin A’s.

Chinle beat the Bad News Bears 15-0 in their first game on June 7.

That following morning, during the second game, the Bad News Bears played hard against the Ak-Chin A’s at the Salt River Von Hayes Field. The team battled its hardest, with their pitcher striking out as many players possible. The game kept parents and fans on the edge of their seats as both teams took turns passing each other in home runs toward the end of the game. The final score was 8-7, with the A’s winning the game.

That afternoon, the Bad News Bears played against the Warriors in their last game of the invitational. In the end, the Bad News Bears came up three runs short and fell to the Warriors 10-7.

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