“We’ve had a lot of great teamwork this year,” coach Travis Rigby said. “There have been several close games where we’ve had a different MVP do different things to help us win the game.”
Rigby describes his AAA Minor League team as an underdog squad after the way the draft went, taking what they were given and improving every game. The general attitude of the 9-10 year old team provided many answers as to why the team has had so much success.
It helps with the team attitude when the coach is shouting out feedback to players during the game on every hit, throw and catch. When asked what the team motto was, Rigby turned to his team for an answer and the majority of the team agreed on one word: swagger.
“Climbing the ladder, A-games, no laziness,” different players shouted out when asked what got them to an undefeated season before collectively agreeing on the right descriptive term.
Max Raddatz, Madsen Rigby, Carson Hopkins and Landon Yardley are a big part of the teams’ success in the pitching department. If one is having an off game, there are three willing team members capable of taking the mound to finish the game in key moments.
Last year the Builders took the field as Sullivan’s Café and won the championship. Hoping for a repeat this season, they were three games away from that goal.
“We have three more games next week,” Rigby said June 6. “We’re in first place right now so we get to play the Cardinals again on Monday (June 11).”
Results of the June 11 game were unavailable at press deadline.
There are eight other teams in the 9-10 year old range. The brackets for this week’s end-of-season tournament match the first place Dailey Builders with the eighth-place Parowan Cardinals; the team the Builders dominated 11-4 in the last meeting of the regular season. From that point, the tournament will have to single elimination games until a champion is crowned.
“We’re confident that we can win on Monday,” Rigby said last week. “From there we’ll take it one game at a time and we’ll have some tough competition.”
AAA Minor League play comes to a halt June 15 at 5 p.m., with the Majors ending the same day at 7:30 p.m. The Junior league has no tournament, but ends its season the same day with games at 5 and 7:15 p.m.