Little League officials hand out pins at closing ceremonies

Under blue skies and sunshine, Kingman North Little League held its closing ceremonies at the Southside Complex Monday evening.

With maybe 100 people on hand, North Little League board members handed out pins and honored the young kids, coaches, umpires and parents who participated this past season.

Board president Levi Pitts thanked the many sponsors for their donations and the volunteers who had contributed, but he sent out a warning that unless more parents became involved, the North Little League would be folded.

We had 280, 290 kids this year," he said.

"If we don't get volunteers by next year, North Little League will be banned and go back to Kingman."

Pitts, who has served as board president for the past two years and has been a board member for four years, offered to the audience that serving as a volunteer on the board was a "easy job" and took very little time in the way of hours.

Pitts also admitted that his future plans included taking over as Mohave County's Little League's district administrator in the near future.

Pitts noted that the North Little League season had been a success and credited it to the league's zero tolerance policy which gives umpires the discretion to remove players, coaches or parents without warnings for acting or speaking inappropriately.

He also recognized the organization's new instructional league as being key to improving the North players' future performances in inter-league competition.

"It should make our majors and minors stronger," Pitts said.

All-Stars were also announced at the ceremonies.

Phil Smith, an assistant with the first-place Red Sox will coach the major league all-stars.

Randy Wese and Shane Moline will be his assistants.

The players on the 11 and 12-year-old major league team include: Jake Giovanardi, Shawn Wese, Andrew Link and Thomas Valentine from the Diamondbacks; Gabe Perea and Phillip Dunn from the Pirates; Dexter Jackson, Gary Gallant, Ray Bonneville and Nathan Stryker from the Red Sox; and Tyler Moline and Daniel Hosler from the Dodgers.