JABT sweeps softball titles
The electric bill for Loudy-Simpson Park will be a little extra for the month of August. That’s because the lights worked overtime last week during the tournaments for the Craig Softball Association.
Tuesday night’s finals for the two coed leagues went until 2:30 a.m. The men’s league final went until 1:30 a.m. Thursday.
“The teams wanted to play late to save an extra day,” said Rich Steinhause, a CSA officer.
When the lights finally went off, Just Another Ball Team (JABT) had taken both the titles in the Coed A league and men’s league for the second-consecutive year.
The men’s team completed its undefeated season with a 25-16 win against AmeriGas.
“We played really well as a team in the tournament,” said Steinhause, who plays on both JABT teams.
The men’s league was down to six teams this year, and some complaints are that JABT’s domination hurts the league.
“We’ve done everything we can to increase participation,” JABT’s Bo Camp said. “We won several games by one or two runs throughout the season, so it was competitive. It’s just a little sad that there are more teams from Hayden than Craig.”
In the Coed A league, the championship was closely contested. Cook Chevrolet, the only team to defeat JABT in the regular season, defeated the two-time defending champions, 12-10, in the first game. In the second game, JABT found its offense for a 24-18 win.
“Cooks is a great team,” Steinhause said. “They gave us all we could handle.”
In the Coed B league, Zimmerman Contractors defeated Slicks twice in the championship to win the title. Shayne Zimmerman hit a home run in the final at bat to win the title, 11-10. Zimmerman Contractors went into the tournament as the No. 1 seed.
The coed league had more than 15 teams this year, and Steinhause said he can see it growing even more in the future.
“It’s easier to field a team when you can have both men and women,” he said. “It’s also an extra draw when you can play with your wives or girlfriends. It will probably continue to grow.”
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