It was a Beautiful day for pitching down by the Lake in Cooper Creek Park in Columbus Georgia. The weather was perfect and we had 18 pitchers on hand with some trying to get that Class Champion Patch so they can pitch in next yearís Tournament of Champions.
Thank You so much to Aubrey Walker and Stevan Tigges for all of their hard work getting the courts ready for us to pitch on.
In the Championship Class our Neighbor from Alabama Frank Billingsley won a very tough class by just one half a game. Frank had a great day pitching finishing with an impressive 61.50% with a high game of 70%. In Franks match with Dan it came down to the final shoe. Dan pitched first and got one ringer while leading by one point. Frank needed two ringers to win and thatís what he did pitching a double to take the two point win over Dan. It proved to be the deciding game as Dan took 2nd Place a half game back followed by Larry Myers in 3rd Place.
In Class A for a while it looked like Charles Mathis and Ronnie Miller were headed for a playoff after tying their first game with each other. Ronnie then defeated Michelle Cleaton to hand her one loss. Putting her a half game back of the pair. It turned out to be Michelleís only loss of the day as Lee Howington handed Ronnie a Loss to put him a half game back at the same time Michelle was handing Charles a loss putting him a half game back as well. That was all Michelle needed as she won her final game and clinched 1st Place. Ronnie took 2nd Place over Charles on ringer percentage and Charles took 3rd Place. Way to Go Michelle Awesome pitching!
In Class B Stevan Tigges only had had one blemish tom his day. Shirley Kemp-Symicek handed Stevan a tough loss with her highest game of the day. It turned out Stevan didnít need to be perfect for the day he still took home the Class B Championship with the 4 and 1 record. Followed by Don Billingsley in 2nd Place and Mark Walton in 3rd Place. In a Very tough Battle with Don Cleaton Jr Stevan was able to take Don out with a 3 point victory to avoid a four way tie for 1st Place. Great Pitching Guys!
Next week we go to Flagler Beach for the annual Ga/Fla team tournament. Itís not too late to form a team the cut-off is Wednesday. We have a couple of pitchers still wanting to form a team so let me know if you want to go and weíll make it happen if possible.
It looks like there was a Great crowd at the Stone Mountain Tournament held at the Lawrenceville courts.
Thanks to Tim Embry and Maxi Reedtz for hosting the tournament. I had several people tell me it went great.
In the Championship Class Coni Hix got her revenge on Jimmy Coile in the Playoff after Jimmy handed her the only loss of the day she would have. Jimmy gave Coni the loss to force the playoff but Coni was just too tough to beat twice as she won the playoff and took the Tournament Champion Title. Jimmy took 2nd Place followed by Jerry Morris who made it a Four Stakes Rout by taking 3rd Place.
In Class A Jeff Coile stayed perfect all day not losing a game on the way to the Class A Championship followed by Don Hoover in 2nd Place and Jerry Wingfield in 3rd Place.
Class B saw Jim McElveen destroy the competition as he didnít lose a game and pitched a Red-Hot 44.38% on the day. Tony Bennett was right on his heels but couldnít overcome Jim and had to settle for 2nd Place. Followed by his wife Jann Bennett in 3rd Place.
Jack Lester was also smoking as he won the Class C Championship with a 4 and 1 record. Fred Bennett handed Jack his only loss of the day in a very tough match. David Kleidosty took home 2nd Place followed by Fred in 3rd Place. We may need to watch jack he looks to peaking just in time for the upcoming Ga/Fla Tournament and the State Singles.
In addition to helping put on the Tournament Tim Embry had a perfect day on the courts as he won the Class D Championship. Charles Mathis also had a good day losing only one game and taking 2nd Place followed by Bobby Thaxton in 3rd Place.
In Class E Larry Wages was perfect even though Chuck Sandman gave him a run for his money in the final game which would decide the Class Champion. Larry took off from the start but Chuck never panicked he just kept on pitching. Chuck made a hard charge at the end to close to within one point but that was as close as he could get as Larry managed to take the final point and win the game by two points. Great game Guys! Larry took a well-deserved 1st Place and Class E Championship followed by Chuck in 2nd Place and Roy Ziering in 3rd Place.
We had 17 brave souls brave the wind and traffic to pitch in Cordele yesterday. It was windy but all in all a perfect day to pitch.
Thank You to all that came out to pitch with us.
In the Championship Class it looked like Jim Henderson was cruising to a perfect day until he ran into Royce Byrd. Royce edged Jim out by one point to force Jim into a playoff with Dan Sanders who had also lost only one game. In the Playoff Dan had to throw a ringer at the end to defeat Jim by just two points to take the Championship Title. Royce took home 3rd Place.
In Class A Buddy Ayer defeated Ronnie Miller in their final game to cinch his Class A Championship. Michelle Cleaton had a great day and took home 2nd Place followed by Ronnie Miller in 3rd Place.
In Class B Shirley Kempf Symicek took home the Class B Championship after surviving a three way tie for 1st Place. In the first round of the playoff Randy Morris defeated Don Billingsley to face Shirley in the Final game. In the final game Shirley proved to tough for Randy as she won the game and the Class B Championship.
Donít forget next Saturday September 16th is the deadline for entering the GHPA State Singles. You can bring your entry form to the tournament in Columbus or mail it to Marcus Waters a copy of the entry form is attached.