Wow what a Beautiful Day in Albany! The weather was almost perfect under the huge oak trees at Tift Park. We first want to thank Blain and Dellen Lyall for all that they did to make this Tournament a success. For members that have only been at two tournaments they did great. Blain even had a spare stake to replace the one that was missing when we got to Albany. Thanks for everything!
In the Championship Class Chuck Poole was on fire once again as he only lost one game that was a nail-biter to Dan Sanders. Chuck was followed by Larry Myers in 2nd Place. Larry edged Dan out of 2nd place based on the Head To Head tie-breaker as he won their game by just one point. Dan took home 3rd Place.
It took Overtime for Marshall Little to take home the Class A Championship. After cruising through his first four games Marshall met a Red Hot fellow Brunswick Pitcher named Don Hutchens. Don won their meeting and forced a playoff to determine the Class A Champion. In the Playoff Marshall returned the favor and got Red-Hot to defeat Don and take the Class A Championship. Don took home 2nd Place followed by Jim Henderson in 3rd Place.
In Class B Marcus Waters was Smoking through his first four games. In a game that showed his clutch pitching Marcus defeated Ronnie Miller on the last two shoes by pitching a double to win by three points. This game proved crucial as Frank Harris handed Marcus his only loss of the day in their final game. Without his cool pitching Marcus would have wound up in a playoff with Frank for 1st Place. Doug Defoe wound up tied with Frank for 2nd place and edged Frank out on ringer percentage after they finished the day with matching win/loss records giving Frank 3rd Place.
Class C saw Jeff Thomas of Brunswick make the most of his return to tournament play. Jeff lost only one game all day to take home the Class C Championship. Welcome back Jeff Great Job! Buddy Ayer took 2nd Place over George Schmidt by just one ringer after they wound up tied with 3 and 2 records at the end of the day. After a full day of pitching Buddy threw one more ringer than George all day to break the tie for 2nd Place.
Class D saw Jim Haley win his second tournament in a row after a tough battle with Tanya Coile. Tanya was on fire in their first meeting of the day handing Jim his only loss of the day. Jim returned the Favor in the playoff after Brian Bell handed Tanya a loss in their match. Jim made the comment that it had been twenty years since he had won back to back tournaments in Georgia. Let’s hope he doesn’t wait that long to do it again. With Tanya taking 2nd Place Mark Walton used a solid day of pitching to take home 3rd Place.
Newcomer Dellen Lyall had to go to overtime to take home the Class E Championship Patch. Dellen and Frank Beck had two huge battles for the title after they wound up tied in their initial meeting to force a playoff for 1st Place. The playoff proved to be almost as tough after Dellen took a 11 point lead at the halfway point Frank started clawing his way back on the back of a smoking three ringers out of four shoes at one point. Dellen hung tough and never panicked to just keep up the smooth pitching. At the end of the game Frank got back to within two points to take home a Very Respectable 2nd Place. Arnold Rich joined his fellow Albany Pitcher at the award ceremony by taking home 3rd Place.
Our next Tournament is the GHPA Interleague Tournament at Stone Mountain August 23rd. You have to be a member of a league and on the club team to pitch. There are no points for Big Dog, Player of the year etc awarded for this tournament since not everyone is eligible to pitch in it.
Our next Open Tournament is in Hull September 6th. Sign in by 9:30 AM Pitching Starts at 10:00 AM. 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.