Nine teams entered Craig Parks and Recreation’s 8- to 10-year-old end-of-season tournament, and after seven games, two teams remain to compete for the championship.
After three rounds and two weeks, No. 1-seeded Meeker II will play No. 2-seeded Cook Chevrolet at 6 p.m. today at Woodbury Sports Complex.
If Cook Chevrolet wants to win the title, the team has to be able to manufacture runs, coach Foster Beckett said.
“Getting on base helped us last game and we need to continue doing it,” he said. “We have been hitting the ball pretty good lately.”
After two hard fought semi-final games, Beckett said his team would have to buckle down on defense.
“Our defense has to really play tough,” he said. “We need to stop everything we can because our chance to win is on defense.”
At this stage, most games are won by pitching and hitting, Meeker II coach David Scherbarth said.
“Consistent pitching allows our infield to be in control,” he said. “Our players will have to stay disciplined so they can control the game.”
Getting to the finals was a long road.
No. 8-seeded Hayden Bear River played No. 9-seeded Rehab Services of Craig in a play-in game to face Meeker II in the first round.
No. 3 Powers Enterprises and No. 6 3B Enterprises opened up first round play June 29 at Loudy-Simpson Park with a pitchers duel that ended with Power Enterprises winning, 6-0.
At Woodbury Sports Complex the same night, No. 2 Cook Chevrolet’s defense overpowered No. 7 Meeker I to advance, 6-2.
The next night, No. 4 Big Kahuna Coins took on No. 5 Rangely at Loudy-Simpson Park, and won, 6-5.
The last first round game pitted Meeker II against play-in winner Rehab Services of Craig at Woodbury Sports Complex, a game that Meeker II won, 13-0.
Cook Chevrolet faced off against Power Enterprises on Tuesday, with Cook Chevrolet winning, 4-0.
The second semi-final game pitted Meeker II and against Big Kahuna Coins, with Meeker II winning, 2-0.