The Ahwatukee Little League squad spent the last few days in Yuma doing exactly what 9- and 10-year-old boys should be during the summer.
Playing ball, hanging out with their friends, taking in a movie (Despicable Me) at the theater and creating memories that will forever be part of their mind's scrapbook.
"They are having a blast," coach Bill Weaver said. "They knew each other well before coming down here, but now these guys are creating friendships and memories that last a lifetime."
The team's tournament trail ended Wednesday after going 1-2 to fall short of earning two spots available for the Minor league state tournament in Douglas.
Ahwatukee lost 8-2 to High Desert out of Anthem in the Yuma Sectional tournament opener on Monday.
The game was close, 3-2 High Desert, in the late innings when a grand slam pretty much sealed the win for the Anthem squad.
"We faced a pitcher who is probably the best one we have seen over the last two years in club ball," Weaver said. "They are a pretty good team."
The loss sent Ahwatukee, which went undefeated in the District 13 tournament, to the loser's bracket of the double elimination with the difficult task of winning four straight games to advance to the state tournament.
Ahwatukee started well with a 12-9 victory Tuesday over the Coconino Little League team to set up Wednesday's elimination game against a squad from the Verde Valley.
Verde Valley won 7-6.
Regardless of coming up short of its ultimate goal, the team can be considered a success.
"We want to win every game, of course, but it is getting to the point where all of the teams are good," Weaver said. "If we keep winning our pitching (because of the innings pitched limitation on individuals) is going to be pretty thin by Friday.
"But these kids have proved they are gamers. They are going to play hard every inning and won't give up until the last out."