BULLHEAD CITY —Mickey Smith did it on the mound, the plate and on the bases for the Braves.
Smith struck out 12 in five innings and scored the Braves’ run, but that was not enough for Mohave Valley.
The host Indians edged the Mohave Valley squad 3-1 in the first round of the Little League Majors Tournament of Champions game in Blythe on Monday.
Smith singled, stole second, stole third and came home on a passed ball in the second inning.
The Braves committed five errors, which led to the Blythe squad’s three runs.
“The umpires never cost a game, but they can do certain things or not do certain things that could favor a team and in Blythe it was the worst I have ever seen it,” said MVLL manager Drew Lively. “How could a field umpire be so slow that he can’t (get) the home plate umpire’s attention before the next pitch. ...
“It was a poor performance by the umpire — the third base umpire — to say the least.”
Lively added: “My team could not hit or field a ball. Everything went in favor of Blythe and congrats to them.
“We had a great season with only two losses and had high hopes for the TOC; now we’re into all-stars and this year’s team looks really good.”
MAJORS ALL-STARS: The MVLL Majors 10-12 All-Stars will begin competing in the District 9 Little League Tournament All-Stars on June 24 in Lake Havasu.
Manager Drew Lively texted results.