Congrats to Coach Rice and the Sandlot team on a hard-fought 6-2 victory over the Scottsdale Dirtbags! It was a back-and-forth battle tied at 1 and then again tied at 2, until the bottom of the 6th when the Sandlot bats came alive to score 4. That is all they needed to defend their undefeated season, which is the 1st undefeated season any team has had in the 20-year history of the ACWBL. Dirtbags played an unbelievable game and came up just short. They have some serious talent and left it all on the field tonight. The winning pitcher was Gray Bailey, pitching strong 6 innings and only allowing 2 runs.
Thank you all that came out of the game tonight and also a huge thanks to all 22 teams that competed this summer. This summer would not have been successful without each and every player, coach, parent, friend, and family. We know we are not perfect when it comes to running everything, but we do whatever it takes to make sure every player gets an opportunity to better themselves as a player and a person before heading back to their schools in the fall. This has been a blessing every year to do this and we hope that everyone enjoyed the past 2 months playing with us!
We are already looking forward to next year and how we can make it an even better 2024 summer!
Again, congrats to the 2023 Sandlot team and their undefeated season. Hope to have most of your team back next summer to defend your title!
Playoff schedule for all teams starting Monday, July 24-28th
Seeds 11-22 will have a play in game on Monday (games will be at Salt River Fields). Seeds 1-10 will have a bye
Winners of play in game will advance to the first round of 16 starting on Tuesday.
After each round we will re-seed. The best seeds will play the lower seeds.
Each game day location will be determined based on the winner.
Championship game will be on Friday night.
The 2023 ACWBL All Star game was exactly what you would expect from some of the best players in the game. The National League held onto the 4-3 victory in what was a fairly clean and fun game. We had a special guest, King of Juco and his crew playing in the game and held their own. Everyone seemed to enjoy having some laughs and trash talking with those guys.
This event had a ton of moving parts to make it happen and we want to make sure we recognize all that worked hard to make it happen. First off, want to thank Tj Wilcoxson and his entire staff from the Bloodline teams. Him and his crew went out of their way to get our sponsors, Desert Ridge High School, game programs , our amazing PA announcer, and the list goes on and on. We would not have been a success without all of them.
We also want to thank Coach Ponce, Tracy Quach and the Desert Ridge baseball players for all their help allowing us to use the fantastic facility. Could not have asked for better hosts!
Huge shout out to our sponsors that came out to the event and gave us this opportunity to allow these players display their talents in front of hundreds of fans that endured the 115 temperature.
To our main sponsor Vince Hills and his company, Custom Plumbing of Arizona , thank you for your all your help! Not only was he our main sponsor, he also brought out their Pro softball players and hit some massive bombs during their home run derby. Not sure we have ever seen softballs hit that far! Was fun to watch. Thank you for supporting us and coming out. The players really enjoyed watching you guys. Custom Plumbing of Arizona has been around for decades and has been trusted by thousands and thousands of Arizonans. We have used them many times and would recommend them to anyone! They are truly The Drain Whisperers!!
Acid Rain Water was in attendance and they were handing out their B12 injected electrolyte water and we were thankful they were their! It was hot and everyone in attendance needed the boost of the extra kick that regular water doesn't fulfill. Lots of our players loaded up on the waters and allowed them to get through the game without any dehydration. Looking forward to seeing the Acid Rain Water in the bigs soon!
To our solo food source Detroit Coney Grill, thank you for showing up and dishing out some amazing food! Everyone enjoyed the menu and they didn't want you to leave. We really appreciate you coming out and supporting us.
Lastly, thank you to all our coaches, bullpen catchers and our bat boys that dedicated their time on a hot Saturday afternoon/evening to help out with the pregame and game festivities. These guys volunteered their time in order to make sure the players had a great time. We cannot thank them enough. Matt Mitchell, Danny Gonzales, Steven Gonzales, Albie Lopez, Matt Haggerty, Nolan Kutcher, Tanner Murphy, Seth Fane, Jonah Gonzales and Josiah Gonzales, we could not have done it without you all.
Arizona Collegiate Wood Bat League (ACWBL) is a summer collegiate baseball league played in Maricopa County, Arizona. More Info