Derby Winners Benefit Gracie Haught Fund

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The real winners of the 2007 Mazatzal Casino and Payson Parks and Recreation Home Run Derby were the charities that reaped the profits of the annual slugfest.

Following the completion of the derby held Aug. 4 on the Rumsey II ball field, the Gracie Haught fund picked up $1,000, thanks to the two winning teams that earned $500 each for the charity.

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Rob Nuemann uncorks a home run during the 2007 Mazatzal Casino and Payson Parks and Recreation Home Run Derby.

In the women's division, the Hot Ice team of Nina Ray, Melodi Deaton and Cherry Nottingham slugged six home runs in the final round to win the derby.

Ray picked up the Best Female Home Run Hitter award by ripping 13 home runs.

The men's division champion, Sopeland Guitars, punched 15 round trip tickets in the final round to emerge victorious. The team included Scott Nossek, Jimmy Ludtke and Clay Sopeland.

Both teams were playing for the Gracie Haught Children's Memorial Fund, which helps local children in need and pays the expenses for several programs, including a bicycle safety benefit.

The second-place finish women's team of Shelter Sluggers donated its $250 in prize money to the Payson Humane Society.

On the team that hit five home runs in the final round were Tammy Felton, Carrie Ingram and Toni Waugh.

The men's runner-up team, Lumbermen's, chose the local DARE program as the recipient of its $250 in prize money,

Team members Mike Barr, Mark Service and Chad Martin hit 12 HRs in the final round.

Barr was named the Best Male Home Run Hitter with 20 circuit blasts over the course of the tournament.

The Rim Region Development team of Willie Dietz, Jason Schwein and Wayne Loy garnered third place honors in the tournament. The trio uncorked eight home runs and donated their $100 in winnings to the Rotary Club.

Also participating in the men's division were the Three Amigos of Ryan Peters, Layton Howell and Grant Owens, as well as the Warning Track Power team of Royce Brubacher, Darren Reid and Rob Nuemann. Both trios were playing for the Payson Humane Society.

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