Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community members Aaron and Eric Makil both played in the City of Mesa’s Westwood Little League championship game on May 17 at Whittier Elementary School. The boys, who are brothers, have been playing in that league for three years, along with Community member Kaya Hayes, 12, who’s been playing for the league since 2002. All three played in the Majors Division.
Hayes and Aaron Makil have a history of playing together on the same team or against each other on opposing teams. In the Westwood Little League tournament, the Makil bothers (Aaron is 12 and Eric is 10) played for the Mets against the Angels, which is Hayes’ team. Aaron Makil was pitcher and Eric Makil played shortstop, and Hayes was the pitcher for the Angels. Family members said the game was very exciting and tense with the boys pitching against each other. In the end, the Mets took the championship and the Angels were runners-up with a score of 2-0. Congratulations to Aaron Makil for hitting the home run during the championship game.
Throughout the season, Hayes had a total of six home runs and Aaron Makil had one grand slam.
Both Aaron Makil and Hayes are top pitchers on their teams. When their teams play each other and both take the mound, some say it’s like a “pitcher’s duel” between the two. Next for the two 12-year-olds are tryouts for the All-Star Team, which are still in the process of being determined.