|Members of the Kingman senior (15-16) All Star team include, front row from left, Josh Allen, Cody Quick, Clay Benson, Jimmy Cannon. Back row from left, Chy Banda, Ricky Ogborn, Adan Dunn, Dominic Espinosa. Not pictured: Colton Bradley, Tyler Julle, Patrick Valenica and Kenyan Rowley. Coaches Rick Ogborn, Don Dunn, Chad Benson, Kevin Julle.|
KINGMAN - When the Junior Little League Division ended last year, Rick Ogborn thought he was done coaching.
But over the winter the Kingman South and North Little Leagues decided to combine their junior division and add it to a senior division for players ages 15-16.
As a result, Ogborn will continue to coach his son Ricky a few more years.
"After last year I was pretty much done," Ogborn said. "My son was 15 so he couldn't play anymore. Then they started the senior league and gave him one more year.
"Little League baseball is really good practice. It shows you all different kinds of fielding and pitching. You have all levels of a baseball player in Little League."
The reaction, according to Ogborn, has been positive, as it has given kids more opportunities to play.
"I think it's good. You have more kids playing," he said.
The other advantage is the added depth for Ogborn when his team opens the Senior District 9 All Star Tournament in Blythe Calif.
Because the leagues combined, Kingman will be deep in every position when it faces the winner of Blythe and Mohave Valley Tuesday night.
"We are solid in every position from pitcher to right field," Ogborn said. "We are an absolute solid baseball team."
Pitchers Josh Allen and Cody Quick, who both played for Kingman Academy Blue this past high school season, will lead Kingman.
Tyler Julle, Kenyan Rolwey and Ricky Ogborn are expected to contribute as well as Clay Benson, Jimmy Cannon, Chy Banda, Adan Dunn, Dominic Espinosa, Colton Bradley and Patrick Valencia.
A large majority of the team has been playing baseball since early February, when high school baseball practice started.
After the high school season concluded, the senior league began where teams were playing three times a week for the past six weeks.
"This is probably one of the best teams we've had in several years and one of the reasons is we were able to combine North and South Leagues together so we have four or five kids from each league," Ogborn said.