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Hayden is boasting two championship baseball teams in the Night League between Hayden and Craig.

The Hayden Station Tigers, ages 8 through 10, won their age division for the first time in 15 years, coach Shannon Faris said.

"We won by a whole lot," 10-year-old leftfielder Brandon Gorney said. "We were surprised we won."

The team, according to parks and recreation officials in both Craig and Hayden, hasn't performed this well for more than a dozen years. Coaches Faris and Mike Letlow attribute the wins to a hard-working, good group of young players.

Hayden's Jordan Williams had two home runs, six RBI and a triple in the championship game, held June 26 in Moffat County. Hayden won the game 14-3 over the Craig Rehab Services Reds.

The Trapper Mine Hayden Tigers, the 11 through 12 age division, also won the championships in the Night League, although this was their second year in a row.

They beat the Craig Marlins 15-5 on June 26.

"We won last year, too," coach Frank Woodley said. "This year we were seeded first. The kids were expecting to win. They've been playing sports together for four or five years now. That makes a big difference."

Woodley said that many of the players on last year's championship team have moved onto older divisions. However, there are so many talented kids in Hayden, and baseball is such a popular sport, that the 11-12 age division continues to do well. This year, the team consisted of 17 boys.

The boys hit well straight through the game, and never gave the Marlins a chance to catch up.

"We hit the ball from the beginning," said Hayden coach Brian Bray.

Marlins coach George Wilson said that after one bad inning for his team, the boys "kind of gave up."

Many of the winning Hayden baseball boys will continue to play this summer in the All Stars league with Craig, Rangely and Meeker.


To reach Bonnie Nadzam call 871-4205 or e-mail bnazdam@amigo.net

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