For Kayla Hampton, there was but one word that could describe how her team, Mountain States Electrical, did in Thursday’s Craig Parks and Recreation softball tournament.
“Awesome,” the 9-year-old pitcher said.
Mountain States defeated Airtek, 13-5, in the 9- to 11-year-old girls championship game.
Kayla said her team played well in every game.
“It was good,” she said. “We took first. It felt really, really good.”
Kayla said she had a good day not only on the mound, but in the field as well.
“Every time they hit a pop fly, I caught it,” she said.
Mountain States assistant coach Troy Hampton said the team struggled at times with its pitching, but was able to hang on long enough to win Thursday.
“They came together really well,” he said. “We only won one game during the year going in, but they won four times (Thursday) to win the tournament.”
Although Mountain States had to play four games, three of them came against a familiar foe.
“We ended up having to play (Airtek) three times on Thursday,” Hampton said. “We beat them the first time, then they beat us.
“We both had one loss, so we had to play each-other again.”
The rubber match went to Mountain States, as did the division title.
In the 12- to 18-year-old division, the Craig Steel team beat J.W. Snacks in the first round, and Hayden’s Double Barrel Steakhouse team twice in a row, including a 17-5 win in the championship round, to win the league title.
Jordan Harmon played outfield for the Craig Steel team.
“It was good,” she said. “It was awesome at the end.”
The tournament was the first time all season Craig Steel had beat Hayden.
Parks and Recreation baseball teams will play season-ending tournaments next week.
On Tuesday, the 8- to 10-year-olds will play at 5:30 p.m. at Loudy-Simpson Park, and at 6 p.m. at Woodbury Sports Complex. Play continues Wednesday.
From July 7 to 9, the 11- and 12-year-olds will play in Meeker, while the 13- to 15-year-olds will play in Rangely.