Men’s softball crowns champion |

Men’s softball crowns champion

Collin Smith

Season standings

Jabt/Davis Rental 12-0

Mike Bell Construction/Po'Boys 8-4

Amerigas 4-8

TCB Construction 4-8

Dirty Birds 1-11

It was in the fifth inning when players from Mike Bell Construction began to wonder whether the homeruns would ever stop.

Jabt Construction/Davis Rental won the men’s division softball tournament Saturday, besting their opponents with a show of grand slammery.

The final score read Jabt 36, Mike Bell Construction 13.

Jabt hit 19 balls over the fence, and one player, Junior Herndon, did that six times, every time he stepped up to the plate. Josh Lemon, from Baggs, Wyo., chipped in with three.

The game was close in the early innings, but each time Jabt went to bat the mountain grew and Mike Bell Construction stared up at a 13-run climb in the top of the sixth.

They responded first with a double and then with a homerun, ending a three-inning drought.

Those were the only two scores, and Jabt went to bat again, increasing the lead.

Mike Bell Construction had one last inning to make a push, and teammates tried to rally each other in the dugout.

“We’re all right. We should start hitting some homeruns now,” said Eric Burley.

Burley’s team hit several fly balls, but they fell just short of the fence, and Mike Bell Construction found itself without a lead for the entire game, and in second place after playing 6 1/2 innings.

This is the first year for the league’s new homerun rules.

When a team has three homeruns more than the other team, then every time a ball goes over the fence after that, it is a single.

In years past, all those “singles” Jabt Construction earned Saturday would have counted as outs.

Steve Ivers, Craig Softball Association president for the past six years, liked it better the old way.

“You used to have to hit in the field and put the ball in play,” Ivers said. “Now, you can just jack it up out of here and walk around the bases, and you get what we have today.”

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