Youth Baseball: Naturals qualify for 13U Pony Regionalsby Andy Morales on May. 21, 2013, under Sports
Mehl Park: Sunday, May 19
The Naturals went undefeated (4-0) in the Kino 13U Pony qualifying tournament to earn a bid to the Arizona State Region tournament to be held June 27-July 1 in Scottsdale.
They beat the Sierra Vista Blackouts in the first round 10-6; 520 Elite 8-0 in the second round; the Copperheads 9-6 in the final of the winner’s bracket and the Blackouts 17-7 in the championship.
To get back to the final game, the team from Sierra Vista had to battle through the elimination bracket. The Blackouts were actually beating the Naturals 7-1 in the final game but they gave up 16 runs the rest of the way and finished in second place with a 4-2 record.
Mike Elias, who was one of the Rincon Little League coaches from last year that went to the Western Region semifinals, manages the Naturals and he brought along six players from that roster (due to age) to play for the Naturals.
Bill Hostetler and Barry Morrison are the coaches. The roster includes Luke Morrison, Danny Fernandez, Terrell Huggins, Dakota Martin, Gabe Elias, Ryon Craig, Brandon Martinez, Ivan Hostetler, AJ Butler, Rene Brockman and Nate Smith. The 11 boy are all former all stars from Rincon, Freedom, Palo Verde, Santa Rita, Los Niños and Santa Rita Little Leagues.