After experimenting with their own post-season baseball tournament last season, the Ahwatukee Foothills PONY League All Stars have returned to a more traditional playoff this year.
The Ahwatukee Red All Star team is representing the local league in the 9- and 10-year-old Bronco division while the 11- and 12-year-old Mustangs have fielded the Ahwatukee Red and Blue All Star teams in the Arizona Regional tournament in Scottsdale.
Last season the Ahwatukee Foothills PONY league directors decided to skip the state regional tournament and play in the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) at the Field of Dreams in Gilbert.
That, the directors felt, would give the All Stars an opportunity participate in some post-season play and still have a few weeks for family vacations before school resumed.
The regular season begins in March and teams that are successful in regional, state, sectional and national tournaments could be in uniform through August.
The Ahwatukee Red Mustang All Stars open pool play at 7:30 tonight, June 25, against Chandler Red at Scottsdale’s Chaparral Park, 5401 N. Hayden Road, then moves to fields at Pima Elementary School, 8330 E. Osborne Road, against Old Scottsdale at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 26.
Ahwatukee’s Bronco teams began tournament play last night at Chaparral Park and resume the tournament on the same diamonds at 7:30 this evening.
The Ahwatukee Red All Stars meet the Scottsdale Diamond Dogs at 6:30 tonight at Chaparral and the Ahwatukee Blue All Stars face the Maricopa Storm tonight at 7:30 then come back to play the Scottsdale Revolution at 8:30 Saturday morning at Chaparral.
Pool play in both age divisions are scheduled for Saturday.
The Mustang championship game will be played at Pima at 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 27, while the Bronco title game is also scheduled for 6:30 Sunday evening at Chaparral Park.
The Mustang World Series will be played in Irving, Texas, from Aug. 4 through Aug. 7 and the Bronco World Series will be July 28-31 in Chesterfield, Va.