With every pitch, every out, the Craig Parks and Recreation 8- to 10-year-old baseball season draws closer to an end.
The season-ending tournament began on Tuesday, and three of the nine teams moved on while another three had their seasons end.
Two games were played at Loudy-Simpson Park while another game was decided at Woodbury Sports Complex.
At 5:30 p.m. today, games will resume at Loudy-Simpson and at 6 p.m., there will be another game at Woodbury.
Powers Enterprise 6, 3B Enterprise 0
After being caught up in a pitcher’s duel, seed No. 3, Powers Enterprise was able to add a couple of runs late in the game to hold off No. 6 3B Enterprise, 6-0.
Cole White, 10, was on the mound for five innings for Powers Enterprise, and kept his team in the lead.
“I thought we played awesome,” he said after the game. “The team played very well — we hit well, we played good defense in the infield and outfield and we swung the bats really hard.”
Coach Brian Powers said his team got the key hits at the right times throughout the night.
“We were hitting the ball, and that was the main reason we got the win,” he said.
The Powers Enterprise team entered the tournament with a 3-4-1 record, but several positional changes sparked the team, Brian Powers said.
“We moved some kids around so they could learn some different positions,” he said. “They’ve been playing better lately, and we’re still a young team.”
The team will play Cook Chevrolet at 5:30 p.m. July 6 at Loudy-Simpson Park, and Brian Powers hopes his team plays like it did on Tuesday.
“I’m really excited about this team,” he said. “I think we have a good chance in this tournament.”
Cook Chevrolet 6, Meeker I 2
After catching a line drive in the bottom of the fourth inning, Colby Beckett, 10, said he knew that his team, Cook Chevrolet, was going to win its game.
“We were playing good and the other team wasn’t getting that many hits,” he said.
Cook Chevrolet beat Meeker I, 6-2, Tuesday night in the first round of Craig Parks and Recreation’s 8- to 10-year-old little league tournament at Woodbury Sports Complex.
During the five-inning battle, Colby said he loved being able to pump up his teammates to a victory.
“I’ve been a leader in hockey and other sports I do,” he said. “It just seems easy to get my teammates excited.”
Cook Chevrolet’s coach, Mike Boatright, said that along with fellow coach Foster Beckett, they were successful in preparing the kids for postseason play.
“We have practiced really hard coming into this game,” he said. “We were trying to step up the intensity level during the last few games of the season.”
The Cook Chevrolet team lost one game all season, but, due to a loss in tiebreaker, only nabbed the second seed in the tournament.
Santiago Aragon, 10, helped the defense with a strong pitching performance, striking out numerous Meeker players, and, on the offensive side, by powering a ball into deep left field for an inside-the-park home run.
“I take breaths and focus on controlling the ball while pitching,” Santiago said. “When I’m hitting the ball, I just like to make contact.”
Cook Chevrolet will play Power Enterprises in the semi-finals.
Rehab Services of Craig 11, Bear River (Hayden) 5
Alex Nevarez, 10, picked a good time to hit his first home run.
With his team, No. 9 Rehab Services of Craig, holding a slim lead over No. 8 Bear River (Hayden) in the play-in game, Alex came up with the bases loaded and took advantage.
He sent a ball flying into right field and rounded the bases for an inside-the-park grand slam.
“It was good,” he said. “I just wanted to hit the ball and score.”
Rehab Services coach Darin White said the team is starting to come together at the right time.
“As a team, we’re playing a lot better,” he said. “We lost, 13-1, on Monday, but they bounced back today.”
White said the Rehab Services team lost one of its top pitchers, but the other players on the team have rallied to carry the load.
“The kids fell into a losing streak,” he said. “But, they came through (Tuesday) and our rotation is set.
“(Today’s) game should be a good one.”
Rehab Services is scheduled to play Meeker II at 6 p.m. today at Woodbury Sports Complex.
Big Kahuna Coins and Rangely are scheduled to play at 5:30 p.m. today at Loudy-Simpson Park.