Just want to make sure you have the 2014 Georgia State Singles Entry form. You can download it and fill in your information. Don’t forget the deadline for sending in your 2014 State Singles entry is September 20th.
Our tournament in Hull started off with some bad news as we found out that Jeff Coile would not be there to run the tournament as usual. He was admitted to the Hospital Friday night. He is doing better and will hopefully be back out on the courts with us soon. Please keep Jeff and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
The Hull group still put on a Great Tournament for us and we really appreciate all of their hard work. Jimmy Coile, Kevin Thomas, Maria McIntyre, and Coni Hix really stepped in working hard to keep everything running smoothly. It turned out to be a Beautiful day even if it was a bit Hot. 41 pitchers showed up trying to win their classes and earn the right to pitch in next year’s Tournament of Champions.
We had a New Member join us today please welcome Jann Bennett, we are glad to have her join us. Jann has been coming with Tony and the gang and we are glad to have her decide to join in the pitching fun.
The 30 ft. Championship Class was a barn burner with Larry Myers and Coni Hix having to pitch a playoff game to decide the 30 ft. Tournament Champion. In their first meeting of the day Larry pitched a whopping 75% to defeat Coni. Thanks to some help from her Sister Karla, Coni got another crack at Larry in the Playoff but Larry was just too Hot and won the playoff to take the 30 ft. Tournament Championship. Coni took 2nd Place with an outstanding 55% average for the day. Dan Sanders rounded out the top three taking 3rd Place.
Jerry Morris was on Fire from start to finish in the 30 ft. Class A division. Jerry never lost a game finishing with a perfect 5 and 0 record. Lee Howington had a good day as he edged Andrea Defoe out of 2nd Place on Ringer Percentage after they both finished the day with 3 and 2 records. Andrea finished in 3rd Place.
Dixie Morris almost matched her husband Jerry’s record as she took home 1st Place in the 30 ft. Class B group. Dixie finished with a 4.5 and .5 record to take the 30 ft Class B Championship. Regina Bonner finished up a solid day of pitching with a 2nd Place finish followed by newcomer Jann Bennett in 3rd Place.
The 40 ft. Championship Class needed a Playoff before we found out who would walk away with the 40 ft. Tournament Champion patch. Marcus Waters who has been on a Hot streak this year wound up tied with Walter Brake after the initial round. In the playoff Walter jumped out to an early 26 to 8 point lead before Marcus came charging back to close to within 5 points as the shoes ran out. Walter took home the Top Spot followed by Marcus in 2nd Place and Jerry Wingfield in 3rd Place.
It took a little help from his friends to propel Ronnie Miller to the Class A 40 ft. Championship. With Ronnie and Jack Lester tied going in to their final games Ronnie held off a hard charging Bobby Jordan to win his game and Jim McElveen defeated Jack to help Ronnie avoid a Playoff for 1st Place. Doug Defoe who has been on a Hot streak of late edged Jack out of 2nd Place on Ringer % after they wound up tied with 3 and 2 records.
The Class B 40 ft. group wound up with a three-way tie for 1st Place with Jimmy Coile, AW Wetherford, and Kevin Thomas all finishing the initial round with 3 and 2 records. Jimmy and A.W. had to pitch the first round to see who would face Kevin in the final game for the Championship as Kevin had a bye from having the highest ringer % in the first round. Jimmy and A.W. had nine dead ringers in this exciting playoff game before Jimmy held on to win the game and advance to the final game with Kevin by edging A.W. out 23 to 19. In the Final Game Kevin jumped out to an early lead and then was able to keep canceling Jimmy’s ringers as Jimmy mounted a comeback charge at the end. Kevin held on and won the Class B 40 ft. Championship and also punch his ticket to the 2015 Tournament of Champions Tournament next Year.
Tim Embry was Picture Perfect, On Fire, Smoking however you want to describe his day. Tim may have pitched his Highest Ringer % for an entire Tournament with a 35 % day. Tim never lost a game on his way to the Class C 40 ft. Championship. It was Great to have Johnny Wetherford back out on the courts with us and he came back to take 2nd Place on the back of an Excellent Day of pitching. Jesse Rogers continued his march to the Rookie of the Year Award with a fine 3rd Place finish.
Please join us in Brunswick next weekend for the two day tournament. There will be a Tournament Friday Night September 12th at 7:00 PM sign in by 6:30 PM with another Tournament Saturday morning September 13th at 10:00 AM sign in by 9:30 AM. Time is running out to get your three sanctioned events to qualify for the State Singles and also to win your way into the 2015 Tournament of Champions. We hope to see everyone there.
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The 2014 Georgia Horseshoe Pitcher's Association Tournament Schedule has been placed on our Tournaments page. Make sure you take a look to see when and where we are pitching this year. We have a new club forming in Lawrenceville and will be holding a couple of tournaments there. Just as soon as I get the directions I will put the link online too. You will notice more color to the links on our tournaments to better clarify things. The tournaments once I post the results will be highlighted in the color of this sentence. Regularly scheduled tournaments will be listed in this color. Tournaments that do not count toward any Georgia Pitcher Awards will be in this color.