The Tuesday Night Lights will no longer shine for this summer's Silver Coed Softball League. The final games were played on July 16 at Mountain View Park Complex.
Four teams played out the final scenario beginning at 6 p.m., and the evening's finale ended after 10 p.m.
Top-seeded Cornerstone Home Lending entered tournament play with a nifty 12-0 record and faced number three Berries and Cherries in a winners' bracket contest for the right to play for a tournament title.
After losing its first-round games on July 7, Delta Family Fun Park and Bad News Bears (8-4 prior to tourney play) squared off in losers'-bracket action on July 14. The BNB were second in league play with an 8-4 record prior to starting tournament action.
Delta Family, after losing its opening game, rallied for five straight wins before bowing out in the evening's finale to finish with an overall season mark of 8-11. The Fun Park crew scored wins over Fiesta Vallarta (20-0), Delta Metals (23-13), Bad News Bears (16-14), Berries and Cherries (11-10), and Cornerstone Home Lending (18-16) in game one of championship play.
Delta Family Fun Park built a big lead in its losers' bracket game against Bad News Bears, and then held on for a win and a shot at the tournament title if it could get past Berries and Cherries, a 17-15 loser to Cornerstone Home Lending.
Delta Family's big lead early dwindled in the late stages of play, with BNB running out of time and runs.
Against Berries and Cherries, Delta Family started the game with a four-run first inning with its opponents countering with a single run.
Berries and Cherries scored two runs in the second and one each in the third and fourth frames to take a 5-4 lead.
Delta Family finally found its bats, again, in the fifth inning, and put up a four-spot, taking an 8-5 lead going to the sixth inning. Nate Trujillo had a triple and Jared Gastineau a two-run homer to spark Delta Family's run.
A four-run explosion, sparked by Tony Gonzalez's two-run home run gave momentum back to Berries and Cherries in the sixth inning.
A lead-off dinger by Trujillo in the seventh tied the game for Delta Family. Later in the inning, Gastineau slammed his second two-run bomb of the game for an 11-9 lead.
A single home run in the bottom of the seventh left Berries and Cherries two runs shy of a victory.
Cornerstone Home Lending cruised to the finals with a round-one win (11-6) over Delta Metals. In game two, Berries and Cherries held the lead for most of the game before losing a 17-15 decision in the seventh inning.
Delta Family Fun Park derailed Cornerstone Home Lending's bid for a perfect season with its 18-16 win in the first championship game. The loss was Cornerstone's first of the tournament, and season.
Both teams scored four runs in the first inning. Gastineau and Garren Atchley sparked Delta Family's offense with RBI doubles while Ethan Kraai had a double and Robert Smith a two-run blast for Cornerstone.
In the second inning, Gastineau kept his bat hot with a three-run shot to boost Delta Family to an 8-4 advantage.
Delta Family picked up two more runs in the third for a 10-4 lead. Steven Wilks and Ethan Kraai hit back-to-back doubles for Cornerstone, cutting the lead to 10-6.
Delta Family added two more runs to its total in the fourth frame for a 12-6 lead. Ethan Kraai's two-run home run helped Cornerstone narrow their deficit to 11-12 heading into the fifth.
Nate Trujillo's home run made it 13-11 in a closely contested game. Fred Kraai's two-run, inside-the-park, home run tied the game at 13-13.
Cornerstone's defense held Delta Family's bats silent in the top of the sixth and used an Ethan Kraai inside-the-park homer and Smith's two-run shot to propel the home team to a 16-13 advantage.
Delta Family found a variety of ways to score five runs in the top half of the seventh and held an 18-16 lead with Cornerstone coming to bat. There was no offense for Cornerstone in the bottom of the seventh and Delta Family won the game 18-16 to force the second title game.
The evening's second championship game bore little resemblance to a close contest as Conerstone, behind an Ethan Kraai inside-the-park home run, sparked a 12-0 lead with Delta Family coming to bat in the bottom of the first inning.
One run averted a shutout for Delta Family with all the game's offense belonging to Cornerstone Home Lending in the initial stages.
A 10-0 blitz in the second inning produced a 22-1 advantage for Cornerstone, with the game being called after two innings of play.
Cornerstone finished the season with a 15-1 record. Second-place Delta Family Fun Park finished at 8-11.
Thanks to the efforts of state Rep. Millie Hamner, House District 61, Colorado State University plans to re-open the Rogers Mesa research site.
The facility was taken out of operation in 2011, due to budget cuts throughout the CSU system.