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Men’s title back in familiar hands

Bruce Tippets

— A new, but familiar champion has been crowned in the men’s softball league.

Mountain West Insurance/Bower Brothers Construction scored early and often to down Big O Tires/J.C. Penney, 20-1, Saturday in the title game at Loudy-Simpson Park.

“We have won the tournament title seven out of the last eight years,” said Mountain West Insurance/Bower Brothers Construction coach Robert Razzano. “We are 188-11 since 1992.”

In the game, Mountain West Insurance/Bower Brothers Construction jumped on Big O Tires/J.C. Penney with four runs in the first inning.

Mike Clark smacked a two-run home run in the inning.

“We were looking to get ahead of them early and that’s what happened,” said Clark. “It was an excellent season and we have a good team. Our defense is solid and that is the best part of our team.”

Mountain West Insurance/Bower Brothers Construction continued to pour things on as they took a commanding 10-0 lead heading into the fifth inning.
In the fifth, Big O Tires/J.C. Penney got its lone run of the game when Steve Ivers hit a solo shot over the center field fence.

Mountain West Insurance/Bower Brothers Construction then came to bat in the fifth and scored seven times to go up, 17-1. In the inning, Jarrod Kunkel had an RBI triple and Bud Bower hit an RBI double. Mountain West Insurance/Bower Brothers Construction finished the fifth inning with seven hits.

“We just came out and hit the ball,” said Razzano. “Shane Camilletti is a really good pitcher. We just played solid all year long.”

In the sixth, Mountain West Insurance/Bower Brothers Construction finished its scoring with three runs. In the inning, Kip Hafey had a two-run blast over the fence.
According to Razzano, Mountain West Insurance/Bower Brothers Construction still has one tournament left.

“We are going to nationals the end of August in Steamboat Springs. We did qualify for that and that is teams from everywhere,” said Razzano. “You have to get first or second in a Triple Crown Tournament and we finished second in Steamboat Springs.”

“The best finish that we have ever got at nationals is 12th place. You are playing a lot better competition,” said Razzano.

The teams are on another level.”



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