For those who like baseball, last weekend’s Kanab Heatstroker Tournament was heaven. Thirty four teams participated, according to Kanab Little League President Brandon Jensen. They came from Emery, Gunnison, South Sevier, Beaver, Washington, St. George, Cedar City and Moapa Valley to play as many games as possible in two days from sun up to sun down.

Kanab’s 12 and under team captured the championship with an exciting 10-9 win over the Southern Utah Rox, a club team from St. George. With the bases loaded, two outs and a full count, a slow grounder between third base and the pitcher by John Sims scored “Hoss” Houston from third with the winning run. With the game tied in the bottom of the fifth, Tyler Clark slammed a two-run homer to give the locals a 9-7 lead. The Rox tied the game at 9-9 in the top of the sixth on a two out, full count home run, to set the stage for the exciting finish. Kaden Maddux also homered for Kanab.

The Kanab 9 and under team also claimed a championship with a 8-6 victory over Emery. Kanab beat Beaver in the semi-finals after losing to them on Friday in pool play.

The Kanab 8 and under machine pitch baseball team won their championship as well.

Kanab’s 14 and under team tied Beaver and lost to Moapa Valley on Friday in pool play, then on Saturday beat Moapa, before falling to the St. George Thunder.

Kanab’s 10 and under team finished as runner-up, losing in the title game to Gunnison 15-8. Kanab led 5-3 early in the contest before a couple of big innings spurred the Gunners to the title.

Kudos to all the volunteers, especially organizers Brandon Jensen and James West, for a well-run tournament.