Craig team ends on high note

Mountain West Insurance team undefeated in tournament

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The Craig Mountain West Insurance softball team came together at the right time of the season.

The team of 9-, 10- and 11-year-olds went undefeated in the season-ending tournament to win the Craig Parks and Recreation title.

"D&D Construction beat us three times during the season so we thought they were the best," 11-year-old Isadora Hitz said. "But we didn't have to play them in the tournament."

Hayden's Mountain West Insurance team defeated D&D to make it into the championship.

The Hayden team had a tradition of putting rocks up in the dugout to represent the score during the game.

The Craig team had a lucky charm as well.

"We had a girl who had a lucky wrapper and a straw in her glove," Hitz said.

On Friday, the Craig team's lucky charm had the most luck.

After Craig put up eight runs in the first inning, there were a lot of rocks to very little in the Hayden dugout.

Hayden came back in the third inning with five runs to make the score 9-7. But the Craig team held on with stellar defense in the final innings for the win.

"We had great teamwork this year," Hitz said. "It was also fun because we got along."

Shaye Steele, 9, earned a championship in her first year of softball.

"It was fun," she said. "I was just happy to hit the ball."

Hitz's team didn't win a game last year.

"I had a lot more home runs this year," she said. "It was fun."

In the older tournament the championship was a Hayden ho-down.

Hayden's Mountain Valley Bank defeated Wolf Mountain Pizza, 16-8. It took the teams two game s to decide the champion after Wolf Mountain Pizza won the first game to force a second.

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