Food Mill wins Craig softball tournament

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— Two Hayden slow-pitch softball teams turned in impressive season-ending performances in the two-day double-elimination tournament held in Craig.

The Food Mill team won the championship in the 8- to-11-year-old bracket, defeating Trappers Mine 15-8 in the final Friday, while Hayden Valley Realty finished second in the older division, falling to Mountain West Insurance and Financial Services of Craig, 10-6.

Because the tournament followed a double-elimination format, every team but one needed to lose twice before an official champion was crowned.

After losing to Mountain West Insurance on Thursday 12-9, Hayden Valley Realty worked its way back to the final by defeating and eliminating Hayden Auto Body 14-3 in a semifinal game Friday afternoon.

Hayden Valley Realty made the most of its trip to the finals, avenging Thursday's loss to Mountain West Insurance with a 19-6 rout Friday.

However, the teams had to play a third game to name a winner under the double-elimination rule.

Hayden Valley Realty went up 4-0 in the first inning but Mountain West came back to take the lead and held on for a 10-6 win in five innings.

It marked the third time the core group of girls on the Hayden Valley Realty team took second in the tournament.

It finished the season an impressive 14-2 with both losses coming to Mountain West Insurance.

Hayden Auto Body finished the summer 13-2 in the 12- to 16-year-old division.

Both of its losses were to Hayden Valley Realty in the tournament.

One team from Hayden, however, managed to play its way to a championship title in the younger division.

The Food Mill outscored its opposition 57-32 in its three-game sweep to the championship and a 10-2 overall record.

Team members proudly walked around the Loudy-Simpson complex in Craig with their championship shirts Friday evening.

Ashlee Doolin and Cassidy Bush attributed great teamwork and even a little bit of luck to their successful season on The Food Mill's team.

For every win the girls recorded, The Food Mill restaurant offered to give the members ice cream sundaes in addition to serving as their sponsors.

The team members were anxious to receive an additional sundae for their wins on the diamonds in Craig.

Team members from The Food Mill are: Annie Grubbs, Taylor Bridges, Khrystyne Montgomery, Jarah Woodley, Kim Taylor, Cassidy Bush, Megan Swedberg, Ashlee Doolin, Morgan Bell, Maddison Kopsa, Lindsay Parrott, Delanie VeDepo, Kayla Dunckley and Brette Frentress. The coaches for the team were Richard Bush and Judy and Dan Parrott.

Hayden's other young team, Mountain West Insurance, finished the year at 5-4.

The Hayden slow-pitch softball teams participate in a league through Craig Parks and Recreation offices, along with a team from Oak Creek.

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