Mesa Westwood Little League Champions
A handful of youth from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community participated in Mesa’s Westwood Little League for baseball and softball this season. The league includes teams playing majors and minors baseball, machine pitch and minors softball.
Tournament games were played on May 10, and two teams with members from the Community, the Goldies and the Little Minors, won the championship in their division.
Elena Salazar and sisters Sandra and Makayla Willeford played for the Little Minors, ages eight to 11 years-of-age. The team rallied from a seven-run deficit to win the championship, 13-11.
Machine pitch baseball team the Goldies was coached by Roland Miranda. The players were ages seven and eight and included brothers Kaleb, Xavier and Julian Lucero, and Frankie Diaz. The team finished the season with 10 wins and two losses.
|(L-R) Makayla Willeford, Elena Salazar and Sandra Willeford show off their individual championship trophies they received from their softball team the Little Minors.|
Villegas continued, “No one expected us to win any games, let alone six games. This year, we proved those expectations wrong, and a lot of our success is because the seniors laid down the rules of the game. They said to the younger players, ‘Come, work hard and give it everything you have.’ They really led by example. No matter how tired they were, they would get up and do it. No complaints.”