The Carbon Cal Ripken 8-year-olds and their coaches proudly take a team photo with their trophies they received after winning the state tournament in Richfield.
Competing against tough competition and playing games away from home provided the Carbon Cal Ripken 8-year-old team with challenges during play in the Southwest Regional Tournament last week.
Carbon began play in the tournament held in Riverton last week with a 20-0 loss to a team from Lone Peak.
While the loss may have been a difficult one for the team to take, they didn't let that game affect them heading into their next game against a team from Spanish Springs, Nev., last Wednesday.
They reversed their fortunes from their first game and came out swinging the bats and scoring runs. Lots of runs, according to coach Bob Fossat.
Carbon scored 17 runs in route to a 17-10 victory over Spanish Springs.
The next game in tournament play would see Carbon matched up with a team from Bakersfield, Calif., on Thursday. Carbon walked away with a 23-5 loss, ending their run in the tournament and completing their season.
While the score may look one-sided, Fossat said the team kept up with Bakersfield through the third inning.
In that inning Bakersfield pulled away from Carbon after scoring 12 runs in their half of the inning. The deficit was too large for the team to overcome but they continued to play hard as they finished out the rest of the game, Fossat said.
The competition in the tournament was tough, Fossat stated, as some squads including Bakersfield had players that have been playing together for three years.
"We did very well in the tournament," Fossat said. "And even though they're only 8 years old, they performed very well."
Spanish Springs and Bakersfield met in the championship game which saw Bakersfield advancing on to play in the national tournament.
Despite the finish, Carbon has a lot to be proud of. They won the state tournament in Richfield and played strong throughout the entire season, he noted.
Carbon's Dillon Thomas, a pitcher and first baseman, was selected to the All-Tournament Team.
Fossat said the team worked hard over the season learning the fundamentals of the game and improving their skills over the course of the season.
"The team played great and represented the state really well," he said. "It's a great group of kids and we had a lot of fun during the season."