Craig After the Northwest Colorado Lynx lost its lead to the Johnstown Raiders in the second inning of a Triple Crown tournament game Thursday, catcher Charles Wood's mom brought out Ganesh.
Winifred Wood wore a medallion bearing the elephant head likeness of Ganesh around her neck. She had each player rub the medallion of the god Hindus consider the remover of obstacles.
"Come on!" she yelled to the players. "Play like state champs!"
The night before, Ganesh had been with the Steamboat Springs 13- to 14-year-old Little League team during its quest for a state championship, Winifred Wood said. Steamboat went on to win 6-5.
Thursday morning, Ganesh seemed to work for the 11-year-old Lynx players, as well; even when they were in a perilous position. The Lynx have not always responded well after an inning goes poorly, Northwest Colorado coach Shane Camilletti said.
But in the top of the third, the fans got loud and Lynx batters whacked two triples into left field. By the end of the inning, the Lynx were on top again, 11-5.
"The biggest positive was when the other team got ahead and they (the Lynx) took the lead right back," Camilletti said after the game.
The Lynx would keep the lead through the remaining three innings to rout the Raiders, 20-10.
For the Lynx, whose players hail from Craig, Hayden, Steamboat Springs and Meeker, Thursday's victory was a vast improvement from Wednesday's 11-0 loss to the Peninsula Waves. The Lynx are trying to qualify for the Triple Crown, Division 2 World Series.
In that game, only four Lynx players had hits. Against the Raiders, the Lynx seemed to be hitting everything in the strike zone.
Even when a player didn't get a base hit, most of the parents remained encouraging. When right-fielder Brentten Ivers hit a long fly into left field that was caught, parents told him to smile, insisting it was one of the hardest hit balls of the game.
After the third inning, the Lynx scored two or three runs an inning for the remainder of the game. Lynx pitcher Louie Neil allowed no runs in the sixth inning to close things out.
The Lynx wrap up pool play at 10 a.m. today at Loudy-Simpson Park in Craig. Camilletti is hoping his team throws fewer balls during the game.
"Every time we walk somebody they score," Camilletti told his team.
He encouraged his team to rest up and watch some of the older teams play.