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Mountain States Electrical wins Craig softball tourney

Team won three games in one day to claim championship

Ben Bulkeley

The Mountain States Electrical 9- to 11-year-old girls softball team won Thursday's Craig Parks and Recreation softball tournament by defeating Airtek, 13-5, in the championship game. The team is, back row from left, head coach Dustin McCollom, Vivian Lerma, Jaci McDiffett, Allie Dilldine Alicia Alonso, Makyala Thompson, Hailee Herndon and assistant coach Troy Hampton. In the front row, from left, are Kayla Hampton, Terry Gillett and Kelsie McCollom. Amanda Moore, Rylee Laman, Jordan Goodwin and Travis Goodwin are not pictured.

The Craig Steel team beat Hayden's Double Barrel Steakhouse team, 17-5, on Thursday in the 12- to 18-year-old girls softball championship game. The team is, back row from left, coach Travis Sondrol, Amie Chadwick, Kaci Meek, Jayme Colvin, Morgan Lawton, Rebekah Bird, Hannah Beckett, Kimberly Schaffner, Cheyenne Harmon, Jovanna Powers and coach Bob Schroeder. In the front row, from left, is Erica Dilldine, Ashley Whiffen, Tiarra Schroeder and Jordan Harmon.

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.

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"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.

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