Carbon softball teams represent county well against teams from Utah and Colorado in local tournament
Carbon County Recreation in conjunction with the United States Specialty Sports Association hosted the Spring Fling Girls Fast-Pitch softball tournament May 24 and 25 at the Carbon County Fairgrounds Ball Field Complex.
Sixteen teams from Utah and Colorado battled each other throughout the weekend. There were two divisions split into age categories, the categories consisted of 12 and under and 14 and under girls. Each division had eight teams in it.
There were three local teams competing in the tournament one 12U team, the Carbon Dirt Devils and two 14U teams, the Carbon Dino Crackers and CarboNation.
Teams played two pool play games on Friday to determine seeding for the double elimination bracket which was played on Saturday. Seeding was based on three criteria. Record head to head in pool play, runs scored against, and runs scored. In the event of a tie a coin toss would take place.
Here are the final scores in pool play:
14U Pool Play
13 - Lady Lunatics 5
Carbon DinoCrackers 10 - TOXIC 0
5 - Grand Valley Crush 0
CarbonNation 8 - Rumble
12U Pool Play
Carbon Dirt Devils 17 - Knockout 2
Carbon Dirt Devils 18 -
In the 14U double elimination brackets CarboNation was defeated in their first game by the Renegades by a final score of 8 - 1. The team battled hard in their second game of the morning but ended up losing to the Rumble by a final score of 7 - 2.
The other 14U team the Carbon DinoCrackers fared much better in Bracket play. They were the number one seed and won their first game, defeating TOXIC by a final score of 11 - 3. They then defeated Grand Valley Crush, 11 - 0. They then lost 3 - 2 to the eventual champions Lil' Attitude. The DinoCrackers lost their final game to a team that they had faced two other times the Grand Valley Crush, by a final score of 6 - 5. The DinoCrackers finished in third place. In the championship game Lil' Attitude beat Grand Valley Crush in exciting fashion with a walk off home run. The final score was 4-3.
The Dirt Devils were the number one seed and that gave them an opportunity to play what should be a weaker number 8 seed. That game turned out to be almost more that the Dirt Devils could handle as the bats went cold in their first game, although good pitching prevailed and the Dirt Devils escaped with a 1 - 0 victory. The Dirt Devils bats bounced back in game two defeating Ice by a final of 7 - 1. That sadly would be the last time the Dirt Devils would score in the tournament losing consecutive games by begin shut out by the Utah Thunder 11 - 1 and The Fast and Furious 6 - 0. The Carbon Dirt Devils finished in third place. The Utah Thunder defeated the Fast and Furious in the championship game by a final score of 7 - 6.
"This was one of my greatest experiences in my 19 plus years at Carbon Rec. Everybody worked so hard. I couldn't be more pleased with the results," said Assistant Director of Recreation Frank Ori. People including Alaena Fryer, Cory Jensen, Kelsie and Jamie Cripps, Ty and Amanda Alderson and Bart and Tiffany Sorenson spent plenty of time working for the event and Chris Phillips and Wal-Mart made donations for the tourney.
The tournament was affiliated with USSSA which is a national organization that operates many different types of sporting events including girls fast pitch softball. USSSA provided the umpires and Carbon Rec provided the support staff that included tournament directors and scorekeepers. It appears to be a successful partnership that will continue into the near future.
Carbon County Recreation has now been chosen to host a The Best in the West National Qualifying tournament for 10U and 12U divisions. This tournament will take place June 13 - 15. Upwards of 30 teams could be expected to come to this tournament.