The Bad News For You Bears 13U team was formed shortly after the end of the Prescott Valley Little League season. There were try-outs and at the end of that process, 13 players were chosen to represent the team. The team consisted of seven players from last years 12U team and six new players. The coaches remained the same as those on the prior 12U team.
After about a month of practice, the team had their first tournament at Victory Lane in Peoria, on September 9th. We started off with the Central AZ Coyotes and fell behind early and were not able to make up the difference. At the end of the game, the Bears ended up losing 7 to 3 to a good Coyotes team.
The second game was with the Jr. Falcons Gianni and was a little closer as both teams played hard in a game that went back and forth. But unfortunately, the Bears were unable to prevail and finally lost 9 to 6.
In a consolation game on Sunday, the Bears played a game against a familiar foe from 12U, the Styx, and again the game went back and forth with each team having the lead at one time or another. But when the game ended, the Bears had emerged with their first win of the season by a score of 7 to 6. Although the first tournament was not as planned, the team left for home with a win under their belt and high hopes for the future.
On Saturday, September 30th, the Bears again visited Victory Lane in Peoria for their second tournament. Their first game was against a very good team, the Desert Cats, who played very well and with excellent hitting, scored 14 runs which, coupled with very good pitching, ended with a 14 to 1 win for the Cats. The Desert Cats were able to expose some of the inexperience of some of our players and it was a learning experience for the team.
The second game of the tournament was against the Ahwatukee Devils Maroon team and the game started with great promise. The Bears scored 6 runs in the first inning and it looked like it was going to be a good day for the team. But the Devils came together and the Bears were only able to score 2 more runs in the game and the Devils continued to chip away at the early lead and eventually they were able to tie the game at 8. Due to time constraints, the game ended in an 8 to 8 tie.
On Sunday, the Bears record forced the team into the Consolation bracket, with their first game with the AZ Core. The Bears put it all together with good hitting all around and excellent pitching by Wesley Collier and won the game 13 to 2, putting the Bears into the Consolation bracket championship game.
In the Consolation bracket game final, the Bears again ended up playing the Styx. This game started off well for the Bears and with the Bears pitcher, Nate Ramirez pitching lights out ball, and the team showing excellent fielding and timely hitting, the Bears were able to win the Consolation bracket, 6/0. As a result of their win, the team was awarded gold “superbowl” rings with each player given one.