Hayden girls meet in finals

Auto Body team wins town slow-pitch softball tournament

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— A mix of young softball players and slowpitch veterans helped Hayden Auto Body win this year's Craig Parks and Recreation tournament in Craig.

The city of Craig organized the slow-pitch league with teams from Oak Creek and Hayden. This year, Hayden Auto Body defeated Wolf Mountain Pizza, also of Hayden, 13-3.

"The game was good," Heath--er Wertenberger, 16, said. "Our defense was really good. We finally got our bats working. Usually, we would hit pop flies, and they would always catch them."

The league is open to girls ages 12 to 17, but Wertenberger said it's not difficult for the Hayden players to get along, because most of the girls know one another anyway.

"I like playing against the other team from Hayden," she added. "It was always close with them."

Hayden Auto Body and Wolf Mountain Pizza boasted comparable rosters.

Troy Wertenberger and How--ard Stees were the coaches for Hayden Auto Body.

Heather Wertenberger, who caught and played outfield, said pitchers Jade Stees and Morgan Bell did a great job this season placing their pitches.

"With Jade, if there was an older girl up to bat, we would have her throw more inside so it wouldn't go as far," Heather Wertenberger said.

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