Little League Baseball

Canyon View impressive in opening-round win of 8-9-10 state tournament

Canyon View tallied 13 hits, 11 of them singles to keep rallies going, in its 12-3 win over Casa Grande to open the 8-9-10 state tournament at Field of Dreams on Saturday night.

Canyon View (5-0 including the District 5 tournament this postseason) will next play Paradise Valley North on Monday at 7:45 p.m. PVN defeated Lake Havasu 14-2 on Saturday.

Kevin Curtis, a second baseman and pitcher for Canyon View, went 4 for 4 (all of them singles) with a run and three RBIs. He also pitched an effective 3 innings of relief with six strikeouts and one walk while allowing only three hits.

Canyon View’s Kevin Curtis got the job done on the mound and in the batter’s box (Andy Morales/


“Kevin’s done really well for us all summer,” Canyon View manager Zak Anderson said. “He’s pitched well and been a consistent hitter. That’s why he’s in the No. 2 spot (in the order). Great attitude and always consistent for us.”

Lucas Runyon and Casey Cooper each went 2 for 3 with a run and RBI and Miles Anderson had a two-run double to fuel Canyon View’s six-run rally in the sixth to pull away.

Luke Newman, Canyon View’s starter, also went 1 for 3 with a run. On the mound, he tallied five strikeouts through 2 1/3 innings. He allowed only one hit and no runs and walked only one batter.

All the spots in Canyon View’s order except one recorded a base hit.

“We’re really pretty lucky to have a pretty good mix of kids who can get a hit pretty much through the lineup,” Zak Anderson said. “We don’t have a real weak spot. We’re not in a situation where we have a bunch of kids towards the bottom of the lineup that can’t move players around.”

After the game was scoreless with Casa Grande for the first two innings, Curtis put Canyon View on the board with an RBI single in the third. He then capped his team’s five-run rally in the fourth with a two-run single.

Field of Dreams

e-elimination bracket game

Saturday, July 17
G1: Chandler North 4, Litchfield Park 0
G2: Canyon View 12, Casa Grande 3
G3: Paradise Valley North 14, Lake Havasu 2
G4: Phoenix Arcadia 16, Mount Graham 0
G5: West Flagstaff 7, Sierra Vista 6
G6: Rincon 8, Gilbert American 3

Monday, July 19
G7: Chandler North vs. Prescott Valley, 5:15 p.m.
G8: Canyon View vs. Paradise Valley North, 7:45 p.m.
G9: Phoenix Arcadia vs. West Flagstaff, 5:15 p.m.
G10: Rincon vs. Mesa Four Peaks, 7:45 p.m.
e-G11: Mount Graham vs. Sierra Vista, 5:15 p.m.
e-G12: Casa Grande vs. Lake Havasu, 7:45 p.m.

Tuesday, July 20
e-G13: Gilbert American vs. G7 loser, 5:15 p.m.
e-G14: Litchfield Park vs. G10 loser, 5:15 p.m.
e-G15: G11 winner vs. G8 loser, 7:45 p.m.
e-G16: G12 winner vs. G9 loser, 7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, July 21
G17: G7 winner vs. G8 winner, 5:15 p.m.
G18: G9 winner vs. G10 winner, 7:45 p.m.
e-G19: G13 winner vs. G15 winner, 5:15 p.m.
e-G20: G14 winner vs. G16 winner, 7:45 p.m.

Thursday, July 22
e-G21: G18 loser vs. G19 winner, 6:30 p.m.
e-G22: G17 loser vs. G20 winner, 6:30 p.m.

Friday, July 23
G23: G17 winner vs. G18 winner, 6:30 p.m.
e-G24: G21 winner vs. G22 winner, 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 24
e-G25: G23 loser vs. G24 winner, 6:30 p.m.

Monday, July 26
G26: Championship — G23 winner vs. G25 winner, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 27
G27: Championship — If G25 winner wins G26, 6:30 p.m.

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