Everyone got their fill of food with hot dogs and cake to celebrate the holiday weekend. The D Class saw Jon Mullinix from Kingman pitching in his first sanctioned tournament, going 4-0 and pitching 11% above his entry average. Gerald Stainbrook from Surprise had a 3-1 record to place 2nd.
The C Class was the most talked about class of the day. Young ten-year-old TJ Grose from Nevada was seated number one in his class, and had to give his opponents points to start. Grose was able to pitch over his percentage 8.02% to be exact, to clinch the win over Kingman’s Miguel Castro, who gave TJ his only loss to come in second. Cody Williams from Prescott placed third with a 4-1 record.
The B Class George Stockton from Kingman placed third with a 28.75%. Patti Lopez Cepero from Prescott Valley tied Stockton, but was able to have a higher ringer average to get her second place. Lopez-Cepero pitched a 31.67 % average. Mike Brewer from Prescott was able to win the Class with a 4.5 and 1.5 record taking home the Class Champion Patch and the highest average of 35% for that Division.
In the Class A 40 foot division, Steve Ochoa from California, and Bob Swain of Bullhead City, had a playoff to determine who would take the Tournament Champion Patch. Swain was able to outpitch Ochoa for the title. Ochoa pitched 31.60% and placed second and Swain pitched a 37.20% for the title.
Class A 30ft division saw several close games. There was actual a 4-way tie for second place. Kingman players took the final two spots, as Modesta Ramirez placed third, with second going to Steve Lopez, who pitched 52.08% for the tournament. Clarence Jellema from Mesa losing only one game and pitching a 55.83 %, took home the Tournament Champion title for this class.
The next local tournament will be held at the Watson Lake in Prescott, on July 31, beginning at 6 pm. Email to MileHiHorseshoeClub@outlook.com
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