The Rehabilitation Services of Craig Rockies baseball team was pumped. The group of 11 and 12 year olds that had only won twice in nine tries was only down a run to the Hayden Wildcats. The purple-clad hometown favorites were threatening with a runner on third when the umpires let out "that's game" and the Rockies' chance at win number three fell to the ground along with the game-ending culprit raindrops.
"We were going to score when the rain came in," said Cory Vigil, 11. "It was too bad it couldn't have rained in a game when we were way behind."
Wednesday night was the final scheduled night of the Craig Youth Baseball regular season. Almost all of the games were cancelled due to the rain.
"It is unfortunate because we had a double-header to finish off the season tonight," said Rockies coach John Stephenson.
The young sluggers will now turn their attention to the season-ending tournament beginning Monday.
"The regular season isn't quite as important," said Dave Pike, president of Craig youth baseball. "The tournament is where it matters."
"The regular season is sort of like practice," said Eric Fleming, 11. "But the winner of the regular season gets a bye so it does have some importance."
The coaches also recognize a difference from the regular season and tournament games.
"They definitely get a little more psyched up for the tournament," said Rockies coach Dave Fleming. "They have been improving throughout the season and seem to play better for the tournament."
The Rockies are aware of what they will be up against.
"The Orioles are pretty good and they'll be hard to beat," said Eric Fleming of the fellow Craig team with the best regular season record.
"We just want to have fun," added Clayton Hamilton, 11.
"Well and we want to win some games."