Hayden baseball team dominates tourney | SteamboatToday.com

Hayden baseball team dominates tourney

The Hayden 10-12 year old team won it's league championship tournament on Saturday in Rangely. The squad was

— It simply all came together at just the right time for the Hayden 8-10 year olds baseball team last weekend as it competed in a season-ending tournament in Rangely.

The squad entered the Northwest Colorado Youth Baseball League tournament as fifth seed in the nine-team tourney, but it plowed through the competition, survived the double-elimination format and emerged as champion.

“They hit like they’ve never hit before,” coach Craig Preston said. “That was the key. It was awesome to see everything we’d been working on all season finally come together. We were hitting well and fielding well, and we got some good innings out of our pitchers.”

Hayden beat a Meeker team in the final, but that wasn’t exactly easy, especially thanks to the double elimination rule. It beat the same team in the semifinal, then faced it again in the championship, after that squad stayed alive in the consolation bracket.

Meeker actually won the first finals game, 9-0, but that was Hayden’s first loss, so the Tigers got a second chance. They took advantage of it, winning 5-0 to secure the top spot.

The team was just 5-4 in the league, but last weekend, it overwhelmed the competition.

“The boys were amazing,” Preston said. “We’ve been working and learning and fighting all season, and it all came together.”

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