A Day in the West swept its doubleheader in the Sedona summer softball league June 23, perhaps a sign that the defending champion has shaken off its early-season malaise.

After easily dispatching the Dirty Rats, 7-1, in its opening game, A Day in the West exacted revenge on the L’Auberge Mighty Ducks, 7-4. The week before, the Ducks used a five-run sixth inning to win 9-8, dropping A Day in the West’s record to 1-2 and into seventh place in the nine-team league.

Standing on the Camp Verde High School football field this week, John Bradshaw was watching his team’s decent showing on the field, but talking about how indecent the turnout has been this summer.

The second-year head coach of the Sedona Red Rock High School Scorpions is getting frustrated.

“The soft hand isn’t working; I’m running out of tricks,” he said. “I’ve tried making it more fun, camps, whatever.

Although Sedona Red Rock High School head football coach John Bradshaw returns 28 players from his rookie 7-3 season, only 11 showed up Wednesday, June 8, to their first summer competition.