Regular Little League Season Ends Playoffs Begin

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The 2015 regular season of the Virgin Valley Little League came to an end on Monday but the playoffs are just beginning.

City Councilman assisted by ball players leads the Pledge of Allegiance. Photo by Burton Weast.

City Councilman assisted by ball players leads the Pledge of Allegiance. Photo by Burton Weast.

Players line the bases during the ceremony. Photo by Burton Weast.

Players line the bases during the ceremony. Photo by Burton Weast.

Tom and Paula Richardson receive their trophy for leading the growth of the League. Photo by Burton Weast.

Tom and Paula Richardson receive their trophy for leading the growth of the League. Photo by Burton Weast.

Dan Wright the master of ceremonies for the Little League. Photo by Burton Weast.

Dan Wright the master of ceremonies for the Little League. Photo by Burton Weast.

The season-ending ceremonies were lead by Dan Wright of Bank of Nevada, who started the program by introducing Brian Wursten, who sang the national anthem. City councilman Geno Withelder, who led players and the crowd in the pledge of allegiance, followed Wursten.

The primary sponsors of Virgin Valley Little League are the City of Mesquite and the Mesquite Elks Lodge.  On behalf of the Lodge, Withelder presented the League with a check for $2,000, which was in addition to an earlier contribution by the Elks of $1,000.

Special awards were also presented on behalf of the players to Dave Everitt for managing the umpires during the season, and to Tom and Paula Richardson for assisting with the growth of the League.

The 2015 season was a huge success with participation in the League growing from a little over 100 players three years ago to nearly 300 this year.  Being baseball, there were lots of statistics of the season.

In 2015 over 28,470 pitches were thrown, over 229 total baseball and softball games were played, and the crowd favorite statistic – coaches, players and parents consumed over 250 bags of sunflower seeds.

The League couldn’t succeed without volunteers.  Coaches donated about 2,500 hours of their time, and 15 volunteer umpires contributed over 325 hours to the games.  Also helping were concession stand volunteers who worked over 325 hours while kids played ball.

In closing, Wright thanked all the parents and volunteers for their efforts and wished all the teams success in the playoffs.

Minor Softball Girls Tournament Quarterfinals Results:
(1) Mesquite Elks Lodge 15, (8) Fidelity National 10
(5) Cosmopolitan Dental 13, (4) Mesa View Hospice 12
(3) Redd Hills Cinema 4, (6) Kokopelli Landscaping 3
(2) Falcon Ridge Car Wash 11, (7) Valley Pediatric Dental 2
Semifinals Schedule Wednesday, May 20:
5:30 Old Mill #2:
(2) Falcon Ridge Car Wash vs. (3) Redd Hills Cinema
7:15 Old Mill #2:
(1) Mesquite Elks Lodge vs. (5) Cosmopolitan Dental

Minor Baseball Boys Tournament Quarterfinals Results:
(1) Eureka Hotel & Casino 9,(8) Mesquite Dental 7
(4) Mesquite Elks Lodge 7, (5) Reliance Connects 4
(3) Premier Properties 5, (6) Kids 4 Sports 2
(2) Mesa View Home Care 8, (7) Farmer Ins. Mitchell Agency 5
Semifinals Schedule Wednesday, May 20:
5:30 Old Mill #1:
(2) Mesa View Home Care vs. (3) Premier Properties
7:15 Old Mill #1:
(1) Eureka Hotel & Casino vs. (4) Mesquite Elks Lodge

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