Slow-Pitch Season Comes To An End

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One of the most popular Payson Parks and Recreation annual athletic offerings, men's and women's slow-pitch softball, wrapped up Aug. 21 with seven postseason tournaments.

The championship finale marked the culmination of two-month long campaigns that featured 27 men's and 13 women's teams battling in recreation and competitive formatted leagues.

Following the completion of regular season play, recreation coordinator Teddy Pettet seeded the teams into championship tournaments based on their won-lost records.

In the Men's Open division tournament, the Lumbermens team led by former Payson High School football and baseball stalwart Chad Martin, edged regular season champ Pettet State Farm for the title. The insurance men, who won the regular season crown, advanced through the tournament undefeated before losing twice to Lumbermens in the final round.

The Men's A Recreation championship was garnered by The Old and the Bold squad that featured the play of veterans Ray LaHaye, Duke Wilbanks and Dale Struemke.

Southridge Homes copped runner-up honors.

In Men's B Recreation action, the Boys of Faith Mountain Bible Church team edged Simmons/Crabdree Insurance for the title. The father-son duo of Ronnie and Tony McDaniel spearheaded the Simmons/Crabdree attack.

Scott Rhodes' Outlaw crew took the Men's C Recreation gold medal by defeating a Code Blue squad made up of Rim country paramedics and EMTs.

In the Women's Open Division championship, Parks and Rec leader Charlene Hunt, helped the Waste Management nail down the crown.

On the second-place Payson Athletic Club team, were Hunt's two daughters -- Molly Hunt and Kadi Tenney.

Hunt said the family ended up on different teams because the Waste Management squad was made up of players 35-years-and-older that formerly were on the Hot Ice squad. When Hot Ice split up for town play, the younger players hooked up with the PAC squad.

In the Women's A Recreation showdown, Bobbi Jo Haught and her Horsin' Around teammates captured the title.

Total Wrecks finished as runners-up.

Action in the Women's B tournament saw White's Interior and Design defeat Double D Construction for the gold medal.

Although the turnout of 40 teams for spring and summer play was a strong showing, it represented a decline from last season when 45 slow-pitch teams participated in the league.

According to Pettet, the second most popular adult recreation program is coed slow-pitch softball. Coed leagues are held in both the spring and fall.

For more information on any parks and rec program, call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.

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