Friday, August 7, 2009

LDE/Little Wood second in Salmon softball

Silver winners in 21-team slow-pitch meet

Placing second in the 21-team Jason Armstrong Memorial slow-pitch softball tournament Aug. 2 in Salmon was the LDE Electric/Little Wood Builders team from the Hailey Coed Softball League. Bottom row, from left, Sue Weller, Jaime Ulrich, Thayne Hendricks, Anna Edwards and Greg Edwards. Back row, from left, T.J. Peterson, Sean Harrington, Buddy Peterson, Richard Ulrich, Hoss Schmidt, Wendy Hosman, Hannah Gove, Elisa Tobia and Gary Anton Jr. Not shown is Kelly England. Courtesy photo by Heather Schmidt

Riding the momentum of its July 26 win in the Hailey Coed Softball League tournament, the LDE Electric/Little Wood Builders slow-pitch team went to Salmon last weekend and placed second in the 21-team Jason Armstrong Memorial.

LDE Electric/Little Wood won five of its seven games on the four-field Salmon softball complex and actually had a six-run lead in the seventh and final inning of the title game. But opponent Boise Online exploded for seven runs to win the title by a close 19-18 score.

Saturday's tournament format was round-robin play in four pods. LDE Electric/Little Wood went 3-1 in its pod for second place, then beat Pocatello 24-8 in Sunday's first round of the eight-team single elimination tournament. In the semi-finals, LDE/Little Wood ousted Twin Falls 18-10.

It was the third tournament of the month for LDE Electric/Little Wood. The team competed at Arco and then won the July 25-26 Hailey Coed Softball League tournament, finishing the league season with a 19-1 record and a 363-119 scoring advantage in those 20 games.

The tournament was held in memory of Armstrong, 22, who drowned July 11, 1999 while rafting on the Day Stretch of the Salmon River, a popular big water Class III run downstream from Pine Creek Rapids.

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