This Beautiful Weather is spoiling us. It was a Perfect Day for our 2015 GHPA State Doubles yesterday in Perry, Ga. We had 46 pitchers on hand ready to battle it out for the Golden State Doubles Patches. Thanks again to the Perry Horseshoe Club for hosting this event. They put in a lot of hard work and it really paid off the Courts were in Great Shape. The first round consisted of four classes with the 1st and 2nd Place finishers advancing to the Championship Round.
The Class A group saw the Larry Myers and Belinda Gardner Team need to be Perfect to hold off the Aubrey Walker and Jan Collier Team for the Class A Championship. This Game came down to the last shoes to see who would take 1st Place and who would be in the 2nd Place finisher. Larry and Belinda were leading 20 to 13 when Belinda and Jan pitched their last two shoes. Jan pitched first and got a double ringer. Belinda then pitched needing at least one ringer to maintain the four point lead. Belinda got her ringer and then it was up to Larry to hold off Aubrey. Larry continued his Hot pitching after Aubrey tossed a Ringer and a close shoe. Larry cancelled the Ringer and held on for the three point win and the Class A Title. Aubrey and Jan also advanced to the Championship Round by taking 2nd Place.
In Class B after the initial games were completed there was a fourĖway tie for 1st Place. The teams of Dan Sanders and Don Cleaton Jr, Jeff Coile and Taylor Coile, Louie Bonner and Regina Bonner, and Jim McElveen and Daved Kleidosty started the Ladder style playoff with Louie and Regina taking on Jim and David. With Louie and Regina leading late in the game Jim and David made a Valiant Charge but came up a little short and Louie and Regina moved on to face Dan and Don Jr. Dan and Don came out firing and took the match to move on and try to take the Class B Crown. Dan and Don didnít slow down as they moved on to face Jeff and Taylor for the Class B Title they won the Hard Fought game to take 1st Place with Jeff and Taylor taking 2nd Place and advancing as well.
Class C wound up with a Tie for 1st Place as well but it was only three teams. Jimmy Coile and Brian Bell had to wait and see if Ronnie Miller and Don Billingsley could take down Don Hutchens and Forrest Thomas for a spot in the Championship Round and also take 1st Place in Class C. Don and Forrest had just handed Ronnie and Don a 36 to 8 beating in the final regular round game. Ronnie and Don did return the favor by winning the back and forth game to guarantee a spot in the finals and the right to take on Jimmy and Brian for the Class C Title. It looked like Jimmy and Brian would take the game until Ronnie and Don got Hot late in the Game and came back to take the game by three points. On the last two shoes for each pitcher Don had to cover a Beautiful ringer by Brian and scratch out a point to give Ronnie a two point lead and first pitch on his and Jimmyís last to shoes. Ronnieís first shoe was close but not a Ringer. Knowing how good Jimmy had been pitching all day Ronnie actually didnít Choke and Tossed a ringer to force Jimmy to have to get a double to win. Jimmy Pitched a Perfect Ringer and had his second shoe bounce away to allow Ronnie and Don to take the Class C Title and both teams move on to the finals.
In Class C The Karla Harris/ Donna Denney team were Picture Perfect all day as they didnít lose a game to take the Class C Title and Move on to the Finals. Coni Hix and Angie Gardner edged Chuck Poole and Joe Almand out of 2nd Place on Ringer % after both teams tied on Wins and Losses. This let Coni and Angie advance to the Finals as well.
The Finals was a Continuation of the Karla and Donna Show as they looked to go undefeated all Day. They didnít quite make it undefeated all day but by the time they lost their final game the Title of 2015 GHPA State Doubles Champions was already in the bag. Larry and Belinda gave them a scare with their game tied 23 all and Larry and Karla getting the last pitch. Karla pitched first and tossed a perfect double ringer to guarantee at least a tie game. Larry went next and couldnít get both shoes to stay on the stake and Karla and Donna continued on to the 2015 GHPA State Doubles Title. Aubrey Walker and Jan Collier lost a Nail-Biter to Ronnie and Don on the last two shoes of their game which kept them out of a tie and Playoff with Karla and Donna. Aubrey/Jan took 2nd Place, Dan/Don Jr 3rd Place, Ronnie/ Don Billingsley 4th Place, Jeff/Taylor 5th Place, Larry/ Belinda 6th Place, Coni/Angie 7th Place and Jimmy and Brian took 8th Place. This was a Great Achievement for all of these teams to make the finals as only 8 out of 23 teams earned the right to play In the Championship Round. Congrats to Everyone and Thanks for Coming and giving us a Great Day of Pitching!
We are off next week for the Memorial Day Weekend and will be back in action May 30th at the Four Stakes Club in Hull Georgia. See everyone there.
Donít forget to check out the Attached Rookie of the Year Standings Donna Denney has taken a two point lead over Jann Bennett who is one point ahead of David Kleidosty. Angie Gardner and Don Cleaton Jr are only a few points back as well. There are a lot of Tournaments left so this race looks to go all the way to the end of this Season. Check out the standings this is getting Exciting!