Favorites win men’s softball tournament
August 3, 2003
Russ Hill and the rest of his Action Drain/Mountain West Insurance teammates had relied on a big inning all year to win games in the Craig Men’s Softball League. It took them a while to find that inning in the championship game of the season tournament.
“We knew it would come eventually,” Hill said. “It just took until our last at bats.”
The title game had Holiday Inn, who defeated Just Another Ball Team (JABT), 22-18, to reach the final, returning to the title game from last year. The hotel hackers had their big inning early with a 10-run effort in the fourth inning. Holiday Inn used three home runs in the inning to jump out to a 10-4 lead.
Hill wasn’t too worried with the early deficit.
“We’d beat them every meeting this year,” Hill said. “So I don’t think we were too worried during the game.”
In the fifth, Holiday added a run and Action Drain chipped away at the lead with four runs. A scoreless sixth inning and two runs from Holiday Inn in the top of the seventh provided a 13-8 deficit for Action Drain in its last at bats.
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Action Drain came up with the top of the order and it took little time to start its comeback. Jeff Camilletti ignited the scoring with a two-run double. Mike Clark cleared the bases with a two-run shot. With no outs, Action Drain was within one run and was one big swing away from the title. Kelly Mosman put an emphatic end to the men’s league season with a two-run single and he celebrated every inch of the baseline to first base.
While Action Drain no longer officially calls itself the Sooners, the team has several players who played on that team. According to league manager and former Sooners manager Robert Razzano, the win makes it 11 titles in the last 12 years for teams in maroon and white with connections to the Sooners. Last year, JABT broke the streak to take home the title.
“We were down a few good players last year,” Hill said. “When Bower Brothers (Construction) ended, we gained some guys. We were the best team coming in so it’s nice to win out.”
In the coed tournament, Ledgerwood Glass won the A-Division title and Bank of Colorado won the B-Division. Full details will be in Tuesday’s Craig Daily Press.