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Howdy Pitchers;


It has been a long Winter but today we made it back out on the courts for the first time this year. It was a beautiful day if a little cloudy first thing but it turned into a Great day for horseshoe pitching. We had 36 pitchers on hand vying for those first patches of the year. Thank you to everyone that came out to pitch with us.


Thank you also to John Bullington for being the  chef of the day again and to Loida Waters for running the Stat computer.


We had several new pitchers join us today and we are very happy they joined our family. Brian Strong and his wife Rose and daughter Lily were there. Randall McDonald and his wife Kayla and friend Doug Hamilton were also there today. Please take time to welcome these new horseshoe family members. They all did great today.


In the Championship 30ft Class Larry Myers stayed true to form as he won his first tournament of the year with a 4 and 1 record. Ray Hudgins handed Larry his only defeat of the day to spoil Larryís perfect day. 2nd Place was a battle as the rest of the field took turns beating up on each other. When the dust settled Marshall Little took 2nd Place in his first tournament after battling some shoulder issues and Ray took 3rd Place.


In the Championship 40ft Class Matt Braswell picked up where he left off last year by smoking the competition in route to a perfect 5 and 0 day. Ronnie Miller took 2nd Place in spite of not having a stellar day proving you donít always have to be good just lucky. The highlight of Ronnieís day was handing Marcus a loss on the last shoe of the game with a one point victory. Sorry Marcus I couldnít resist. Todd Holland took 3rd Place over Marcus and Louie Bonner on Over Average points after they tied on win/Loss records.


In Class A Don Hutchens was on fire from start to finish never losing a game on his way to a perfect 5 and 0 record and taking the Class A Championship Patch. John Rackley took 2nd Place over Aubrey Walker in the head to head tie breaker after both finished with 3 and 2 records but John defeated Aubrey in their game.


Class B saw our first playoff of the year Larry Munn Needed to defeat Dennis Lanning to force a Playoff for 1st Place after newcomer Randall McDonald handed him a loss and Dennis hadnít lost a game all day. In a battle to the end Larry defeated Dennis even with Dennis mounting a serious charge late in the game to almost stage a great comeback to avoid the playoff. In the playoff it was another battle to the end this time Larry made a hard charge at the end to take Dennis down by five points. Great games Guys Awesome pitching. Randall took a hard fought 3rd Place to cap off an Awesome day of pitching Randall just missed a piece of the playoff action coming up one game short of being in the middle of it. Doug Hamilton missed out on placing by one game in his first GHPA Tournament and the way heís pitching it wonít be long before he takes home a patch.


Class C saw Wade Wolford pick up where he left off last year as he cruised to the Class C Championship where he won all five of his games on the way to the 1st Place victory. Jim Waters capped of a Great day of pitching with a 2nd Place finish as he only lost one game all day. Buddy Ayer took home a hard fought for 3rd Place rounding out the top three.


Class D saw a playoff as Kayla McDonald handed Brian Strong a loss late in the action to force Brian into a playoff with last yearís Rookie of the Year Elaine Holland. This was Brian only loss of the initial round and Elaine only had the one loss to Brian in the Initial round as well. In the playoff Brian got hot in the middle of the game to take a big lead on Elaine before Elaine caught fire and made her charge. In the end Brian was just too tough to handle as he held on for the win and the Class D Championship Title in his first GHPA Tournament. Along the way Brian handed his wife a loss but I think she will forgive him as he won the class. Elaine took a well-deserved 2nd Place followed by Kayla McDonald in 3rd Place which matched her husband Randallís finish.


Next Saturday we will be in Lawrenceville for the Six on a Stick tournament. Sign in by 9:30 am with pitching to start at 10:00 am. I hope everyone can make it.