Hayden's slow-pitch sees success


— The closest a team has come to beating Hayden Auto Body is three runs as it heads into the final tournament of the slow-pitch softball season undefeated.

Then again, Hayden Auto Body isn't the only slow-pitch team in town with a perfect record.

Hayden Valley Realty has yet to lose either. The teams haven't faced each other this year, but they have scrimmaged.

If the brackets play out as planned in the upcoming tournament, they will meet at 5 p.m. Friday at Loudy-Simpson field in Craig.

"It would be cool if we were both fighting for first," Kylee Sweetser of Hayden Auto Body said.

Hayden Auto Body enters today's two-day tournament 12-0, while Hayden Valley Reality is 10-0 after two games were rained out this summer.

The league both Hayden teams play in is formed through the Craig Parks and Recreation Department and includes four teams in Craig, the two Hayden teams and a team from South Routt.

The teams are made up of girls ages 12-16, and even the younger players are proving their worth for the Hayden teams.

"Most of our girls started in tee ball and haven't missed any years," Jade Stees, 13, said.

The commitment to the sport has paid off for the Hayden teams entering this weekend's tournament. Each team has 11 players and each wouldn't mind remaining undefeated and coming out the champion.

"We've played really hard," Shandal Stees, 15, said. "And we've wanted to be undefeated for a while."

The older slow-pitch teams aren't the only girls having success in Hayden this season. The two younger slow-pitch teams, comprised of girls ages 8-11, are a combined 10-4, as well.

The tournament starts today and runs through Friday's championship game at 7 p.m. at Loudy-Simpson.

No games start before 4 p.m. on either day.


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