Wow what an end to the 2017 GHPA season! We had some Great pitching showcased in the State Singles this year, lots of close games and some playoffs to determine Championships. The weather looked like it might interfere but we didnít even have a rain delay although we plenty of gnats, warm temperatures and humidity.
First I want to thank Loida Waters for as always taking care of the Stats I donít know what we would do without her. Thanks also to Michael Ivey for being the onsite chef and keeping us all fed with burgers and hotdogs. Thanks to Jean Bullington for designing and taking care of the orders for the State Singles shirts. A special thanks to those that came early and stayed late to help setup and put away the court equipment. Thanks also to all those who pitched in and kept score especially those that came on the day that they didnít pitch to help out.
I also want to let everyone know that if you have any questions, comments or complaints about the schedule, payout etc. please contact me ď Ronnie MillerĒI am the one that made the schedule, decided how many would get plaques and how many would receive prize money for each class.
Friday we started with the Elder pitchers.
In the Elder Championship Class Larry Myers won the Elder Championship with a perfect 5 and 0 record. Larry was unstoppable in his quest for the Elder Championship. Jerry Morris was consistent all day and racked up a 3 and 2 record to take 2nd Place followed by Dan Sanders who the highest single game ringer % with 80% as he took 3rd Place.
The Menís Championship Class saw Matt Braswell defend his State Title for the second year in a row with a perfect 7 and 0 day. Jeff Coile only had two losses to finish at 5 and 2 and took 2nd Place. Jim McElveen had an impressive first trip to the Menís Championship with a 4 and 2 record to take a well-deserved 3rd Place followed by Louie Bonner who also made his first trip to the Championship Class in 4th Place.
The Womenís Championship Class was a barn burner. After the first round Coni Hix, Regina Bonner and Sue Mayberry were all tied with 1 and 1 records. In the second Round Sue found her ďAĒ Game and amped up her pitching. Sue won all of her games to take a hard fought 1st Womenís State Championship followed by Coni Hix in 2nd Place. In her final game with Coni Sue pitched a smoking hot 65.30 percent game to take the game and title.
In the Elder Class A championship we saw our first playoff of the tournament. Jim Henderson looked to be cruising to the title but Marty Wabich kept keeping pace with Jim. When Ron Cloutier handed Jim a loss it tied him and Marty up with one loss each. Going into their last game tied up with one loss each if either lost and the other won the title would go to the winner. Jim faced Aubrey Walker and even though Jim pitched a red-hot 52.5% Aubrey pitched 55% and won the game. Marty faced Chuck Poole just needing a win to take the Title. Well Chuck also saved his best for last and pitched 45% to take down Marty forcing Jim and Marty into a playoff. In the Playoff Jim and Marty had 11 ringers but Jim took the 25 to 19 victory to claim the Elder Class A Championship. To quote the eloquent Marty ď 2nd Place sucksĒ Great job Guys. Jimmy Hudgins who lost a couple of very close games but pitched very well took 3rd Place followed by Ron Cloutier who had the highest ringer % of the class took 4th Place
In the Elder Class B Championship Jim Waters and Lee Howington battled to a tie at the end of regulation play. In what proved to be a crucial game for Jim he faced Don Hutchens. In this game Don took off like a rocket and held the lead all the way to shoe 30 when Jim pitched a double to take 24 to 19 lead Don kept battling and came back to take a one point lead at shoe 34. Jim fired back and took a four point lead 29 to 25 at shoe 38 Don had one shot left and fired a ringer but needed two to take the win coming up one point short in a thrilling game that would have put Don in the playoff if he had won Great game guys. In the Play-off Jim was just too much for Lee as he came roaring out of the gate and never slowed down as he took the Elder Class B Championship followed by Lee in 2nd Place and Don in 3rd Place followed by Tom Carter in 4th Place.
In Elder Class C Wade Wolford was looking to Round out his Awesome year with a State Singles Title. Bobby Thaxton who has also had a great year stood in his way. When the dust settled Bobby just proved too tough for Wade as he took his 5 and 1 record all the way to the Elder Class C Championship. Wade took Home a well-deserved 2nd Place to finish off his great year.
In the Womenís Class A Championship Jann Bennett was looking to repeat as Champion for the second year in a row. This class had some of the toughest games all day. There were plenty of two point victoryís that shaped the outcome. In her first Game Jann escaped Elaine Holland with a two point win before falling victim to Jean Bullington for her only loss of the day. Maria McIntyre lost a heartbreaker to Michelle Cleaton by three points. Suzanne Miller lost by one point on the last shoe to Jean Bullington. When it all finished Jann had her repeat and took the Womenís Class A Championship Title followed by Maria in 2nd Place and Suzanne in 3rd Place. Just a point here or there and the entire field could have flipped. Way to go Ladies Awesome pitching!
In Womenís Class B Tanya Coile took a perfect record to the Womenís Class B Championship followed by newcomer Nada Morris in 2nd Place. Congrats Tanya and we welcome you Nada to the GHPA family great finish to your first year.
In the Menís Class A Championship Spencer Lively finished off his 1st year as a GHPA Member with his first Menís State Championship. Spencer and David Kleidosty wound up in a tie after David handed Spencer his only loss of the regular round and Todd Holland handed David his only loss with a red-hot 47.5% game. By the time the playoff came around Spencer had got his ďAĒ game rolling and he just proved too much for David to handle. Marcus Waters took 3rd Place with Todd taking 4th Place. There was one other bright spot of the day. Ronnie Miller won the final game of the year between He and Jack Lester after Jack had been stomping him in the mud for a while proving even a blind squirrel gets lucky every once in a while LOL.
In Menís Class B Tim Embry proved to be spoiler of sorts for the Champion. The Championship Title came down to the last game of the day after Tim handed Larry Munn and Tony Reece each a loss earlier in the day. With Both men facing each other with one loss each in their final game the winner would be crowned Champion. In the playoff there were 10 dead ringers but Larry had an additional eight live ones for a smoking 45% to claim the Class B Title and he needed everyone as Tony who took 2nd Place had four more as well for a Fantastic 35%. This was a very tough class with great pitching. Tim Embry took home 3rd Place followed by Jim Haley in 3rd Place.
In Menís Class C Tony Mayberry made it a family affair as he took the Championship to go along with wife Sueís Womenís Championship. Tony had an Awesome day as he only lost one game all day. Randy Morris had a great day as well taking home 2nd Place.
Iíll get the report out on the GHPA State meeting Friday night soon.
Thanks Again to all those that participated in our tournaments this year.
We will get the 2018 schedule out as soon as possible.