Coed softball’s championship plays
Cook Chevrolet 16-4
TCB Contracting 15-5
Stockman's/W.R. Aggregate 15-5
Duran's Paint Service 15-5
Mathers/J.W. Snack's 14-6
Cromer Contracting 8-12
Flint Personnel Services 6-14
Jack Paulson Trucking 3-17
High Desert Services 3-17
Chapman's Razor Back Sucker 16-4
Church of Destiny and Friends 16-4
Ridgeview Church of God/Slicks 14-6
Bank of Colorado/Thunder Rolls 12-8
NAPA Auto Parts/Severson 11-9
Corey Electric 9-11
American Northwest Realty 9-11
The Barry Bondsman 8-12
Chaos Ink/Jenison Builders 6-14
Sneaky B's 5-15
Craig — Two softball institutions, the Carlsons and the Knoches, met Saturday afternoon for the A-league coed softball championship at Loudy-Simpson Park.
The two extended families have played for TCB Construction and Cook Chevrolet, respectively, and have met each other in the final stages of the season-ending tournament for the past three years. Before this weekend, the teams had met in the semifinals.
Todd Carlson owns TCB Construction, but followed his oldest son, Mark, to Craig. Mark played softball for a few years before his family moved to the area.
Todd Carlson said he’s happy to be doing something with his family.
“Old Jeff and John (Knoche) we get along real good with,” Carlson said. “It’s a pretty good rivalry, I suppose. It’s normally good fun. When it’s not good fun we’re not batting.”
Jeff Knoche of Cook Chevrolet feels the same way.
“Coed is really a family thing,” Knoche said. “Sure it’s competitive, but when my brother John built this team, he told us he wanted to put together a good softball team, but he wanted it to be a family team.”
The two teams worked hard for runs this year, but Cook built a lead.
TCB, however, showed spirit. The team continued to swing for the fences despite a mounting deficit.
Cook Chevrolet won the game, 24-14, and the championship trophy. Catcher Andrea Knoche, team captain John Knoche’s daughter, caught a foul pop up above home plate to end the game.
Steve Ivers, Craig Softball Association president for the past six years, said he loves the competitiveness in championship games and likes to see players give the game their best.
“In a championship game, there’s no run limit, no time period,” Ivers said. “Just seven innings of ball, period.”
The biggest surprise of the tournaments this year, he said, happened in the B-league coed championship game.
Bank of Colorado had lost their first game that morning to Church of Destiny, but won their next two – including a close, 20-19 game with Ridgeview Church of God – and would face Church of Destiny for the first-place trophy.
Bank of Colorado faced a steep climb.
Church of Destiny was undefeated in the double elimination tournament, and to win, the bank had to beat the church two games in a row.
The game was close, 3-2, in the top of the fifth inning.
“It’s just two good teams, and that’s pretty much the way it is,” said Angela Terry, the church’s first baseman.
The game turned in the fifth inning.
Turning a string of base hits into runs, Church of Destiny opened the game up with a five-run fifth and won, 8-5.
Afterward, both teams congratulated each other and went to their dugouts to talk about next year.
“This feels great,” Parrish Terry said. “We’ve worked hard, had a great team all year. There were a lot of teams that were evenly matched, and we just happen to be the ones that came out on top.”
Bank of Colorado players, though tired from playing back-to-back games all day, smiled underneath their sweaty ball caps.
“We all had a real good time,” Dru Nielson said. “Had a lot of fun all season long, we did real good, and hell yeah, we’ll be back next year.”
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