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With only two teams representing the Sedona Little League in the upcoming District 10 All-Star Tournament, the focus should be on the kids playing, instead of the kids who aren’t.

Catcher Nathan Hoyer receives a pitch during the Sedona Minors All-Stars [ages 9-10] practice Thursday, June 17.Only 19 players from Sedona were selected when the All-Star rosters were released Thursday, June 17, but the young group of kids are just as committed as anyone else.

Beginning with the Majors All-Stars [ages 11 to 12], skipper Eric Sadler takes the helm looking to just survive the first two rounds of the District 10 All-Star Tournament, which is set to begin Tuesday, July 6.

In the first round, Sedona is scheduled to face off against a tough Prescott South All-Star team at the Community Center Park in Chino Valley when the tournament opens July 6.

First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m. on field two.

Jack Burns throws with a teammate at All-Star practice Thursday, June 17. Burns is expected to play first base for the Sedona Minors All-Star team in the upcoming Little League District 10 All-Star Tournament.If the young players can get past Prescott South, they would have to face the Verde Valley All-Stars, a two-time defending champ.

If Sedona loses, the team would likely play the Dewey-Humboldt All-Stars on Wednesday, July 7, with a first pitch scheduled for 5 p.m.

Standouts taking the field for the Sedona Majors All-Star team include Randy Rodriguez, Wesley Mikulewicz, Jake Christensen, Dylan Sadler and Tanner Young.

The second team representing Sedona this year at the District 10 All-Star Tournament is the Sedona Minors All-Stars [ages 9 to 10].

Coach Pedro Ortega Sr. leads the way looking to get a victory or two for the first time at a District 10 tournament in recent memory.

“We have a strong team. We don’t have many players, but we have some good ones. We should be able to compete,” Ortega said.

Shortstop Michael Ortega gets his reps in during infield practice Thursday (above). Ortega is expected to perform well at the upcoming Little League District 10 All-Star Tournament which is set to begin Monday, June 28.Michael Ortega is easily the star of this team and should play shortstop most of the way for the Minors when their tournament bracket opens play Monday, June 28.

The Sedona Minors are slated to play the Verde Valley All-Stars in the first round Monday at Riverfront Park in Cottonwood on field two. First pitch is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Behind Ortega will be third baseman Angel Betancourt, catcher Nathan Hoyer and first baseman Jack Burns.

Young Hayden Bruce is an outstanding player while Javier Pacheco and second baseman Bradley Howard are outstanding in their own right.

“Overall we have some decent players. The tournament is going to be tough but I hope we play hard and succeed,” Pedro Ortega Sr. said.

If Sedona Minors gets past Verde Valley on Monday, they would likely face the Prescott Valley All-Stars on Tuesday, June 29, on field one at 7:30 p.m.

If Sedona loses its first-round game Monday, it would likely face the Dewey-Humboldt All-Star team on Tuesday at 5 p.m. on field two.

Sedona would have to win that game  since it’s a double elimination format tournament.

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