Horseshoe Club kicks off 10th Season with First Tournament
The St. Stephen Horseshoe Pitchers Club hosted its first tournament of 2015, which officially kicked off their 10th Season as a Club. The 10th Season will be huge for the Club as they host the 2015 Canadian Horseshoe Pitching Championships at the Garcelon Civic Centre from August 12th to 15th.
The annual Relay for Life Tournament is a fundraiser for the Watson Wranglers Relay for Life team, which is headed up by Leo and Rob Watson. A beautiful sunny day at Fraser Farm brought out 32 pitchers for the tournament.
The field was determined by a draw for partners with each team being made up of high ringer percentage pitcher and a lower percentage pitcher. With the large crowd, the field was evenly split and the results of round robin play showed how tight the competition was:
Leonard Rasch/Krista Beaudry 6-1
Wayne Porter/Robert Young 6-1
Albert Melanson/Wayne McKim 6-1
Cecil Bancroft/Marsha McDougall 4-3
Leo Watson/Jason Rideout 3-4
Bob Lister/Allison Cripps 2-5
Mark Parks/Glen Rideout 1-6
Maurice Waycott/Earle Fraser 0-7
Paul Ram/Bill Casey Sr. 6-1
Ed Lutes/Blair Lacey 6-1
Greg Barry/Dale Dunn 4-3
Nelson Ward/Wayne Livingstone 4-3
Paul Lister/Ray Parks 3-4
Debbie Wilson/Don Lister 3-4
Allen Parks/Peter Mosher 2-5
Gary Lister/Rob Watson 1-6
In order to determine who would pitch in the finals for the Leo Watson Trophy, a series of tiebreakers were needed in both divisions. In Division A, the duo of Leonard Rasch and Krista Beaudry drew the bye as Wayne Porter/Robert Young faced off against Albert Melanson/Wayne McKim. Melanson and McKim jumped out to an early lead and moved on to face Rasch/Beaudry.
In the final tiebreaker in Division A, Rasch and Beaudry motored along and beat Melanson and McKim to punch their ticket to the final.
In Division B, Paul Ram and Bill Casey Sr. faced off against Ed Lutes and Blair Lacey in a tiebreaker. The back and forth game seen both teams race toward 21 points, however neither team wanted the other to out due the other. The game spanned almost a half hour as the pitchers continually cancelled out each other’s ringers. In the end Lutes/Lacey won the tie breaker to move on to face Rasch and Beaudry in the best of three final.
In the third place game, Albert Melanson and Wayne McKim held off Paul Ram and Bill Casey Sr. to take third place in the tournament.
In the finals, the pitchers faced off in Pit #1, which is the first pit built at Fraser Farm and where all but one tournament final has been played during tournaments at Fraser Farm. The tournament final seen some great pitching which made for an exciting finish.
In game one, both teams got off to a great start, moving up the scoreboard until the duo of Lutes and Lacey got hot and pulled ahead of Rasch/Beaudry. In the final pitch of game one, Lutes snuck in a tight shoe for the final point, taking game one 21-17.
The pitchers switched ends for Game 2 and the switch proved helpful for Rasch and Beaudry. Once again the game started with the teams trading the lead back and forth until Rasch and Beaudry found the stake and pulled ahead. Rasch and Beaudry took Game 2, 21-14 forcing the deciding Game 3.
In the final game of the tournament, Rasch and Beaudry were on fire, as they raced up the scoreboard, never looking back. In the middle of Game 3, Beaudry pitched two consecutive 4 point ends, coupled with her partner, Rasch scoring a point on the pitch in between, Rasch and Beaudry moved up the scoreboard to 17-9. On the final pitch of the game, Beaudry found the stake and a tight shoe for four points to give her and Rasch the Championship and their name on the Leo Watson Trophy.
Club President Jason Rideout said “You could not ask for a better day for pitching horseshoes. We had a great turnout and as always, a lot of fun. We also helped raise funds for the Watson Wranglers and the Relay for Life, a great cause.”
Porter and Lacey win the under the lights at Fraser Farm
On Thursday night, the St. Stephen Horseshoe Pitchers Club hosted the annual Fraser Farm Tournament at Fraser Farm. The Fraser Farm tournament is the longest running local horseshoe tournament with the first one being held in the mid 1990s.
The beautiful evening brought out 26 pitchers to vie for an opportunity to have their named engraved on the Earle Fraser Trophy.
The tournament was set up with two divisions, with the teams determined by a random draw. After round robin play, the standings were:
Bob Lister/Krista Beaudry 6-0
Greg Barry/Marsha McDougall 5-1
Natalie Steen/Bill Casey Sr. 4-2
Albert Melanson/Cecil Bancroft 2-4
Leo Watson/Ray Parks 2-4
Maurice Waycott/Dale Dunn 2-4
Jason Rideout/Peter Mosher 0-6
Wayne Porter/Blair Lacey 5-0
Debbie Wilson/Wayne Livingstone 3-2
Gary Lister/Robert Young 3-2
Allen Parks/Glen Rideout 2-3
Paul Lister/Earle Fraser 2-3
Mark Mosher/Mark Parks 0-5
The round robin determined that the top teams in each division would face off in a best of three final. The duo of Bob Lister and Krista Beaudry headed to pit one to face Wayne Porter and Blair Lacey.
In game one of the finals, Lister and Beaudry were on fire and jumped to an early lead, never looking back, taking game one, 21-1.
The teams switched ends for game two and the switch helped Porter and Lacey as they moved up the scoreboard quickly, taking game two, 21-11.
The final game of the tournament would decide the champions and the pitchers gained more spectators as night settled in on Fraser Farm and the mosquitos decided to watch. Both teams worked their way up the scoreboard until the game was in the favour of Lister and Beaudry at 18-16. Lacey pitched and put one on the stake, to make the game 19-18, giving his partner, Porter first pitch and Porter put one on the stake. Lister did his best to cover but his second shoe hit the stake but did not stay for the cover. Porter and Lacey captured the Fraser Farm Tournament taking the final two games to one.
This was Lacey’s second straight tournament victory, having won the Registration Day tournament, when teamed with Greg Barry.
Greg Barry and Marsha McDougall held off Debbie Wilson and Wayne Livingstone in a one game playoff to capture third place in the tournament.
Horseshoe Club crowns Champions in tightly contested tournament
On Saturday, Fraser Farm hosted the St. Stephen Horseshoe Pitchers Club 9th annual Club Championship. The final local tournament on the Club’s schedule is one that all pitchers look forward to and each pitcher looks for the chance to have their name engraved on the Championship Trophy.
This was the first year that the Club separated the Tournament from their annual banquet, which would provide rain dates for the tournament should weather not cooperate. The annual banquet will be held on October 3rd.
The field of 26 pitchers were separated into a high group and a low group based on ringer percentages and teams were made up of a high and low group pitcher. The round robin play indicated how closely matched the tournament was as one division ended in a four way tie for first place.
Allen Parks/Wayne Livingstone 4-2
Wayne Porter/Leo Watson 4-2
Gary Lister/Cecil Bancroft 4-2
Greg Barry/Krista Beaudry 4-2
Albert Melanson/Glen Rideout 3-3
Bob Lister/Jim Kenney 1-5
Jason Rideout/Claire Rideout 1-5
Natalie Steen/Marsha McDougall 5-0
Mark Parks/Earle Fraser 3-2
Ray Parks/Bill Casey Sr. 3-2
Maurice Waycott/Rob Watson 2-3
Paul Lister/Dale Dunn 1-4
George Lister/Peter Mosher 1-4
Both divisions needed tie breakers in order to determine who would finish the round robin first and second respectively in the division and move on to the Championship playoffs.
In A Division, Gary Lister and Cecil Bancroft faced off against Wayne Porter and Leo Watson and in the other tie breaker, Allen Parks and Wayne Livingstone faced off against Greg Barry and Krista Beaudry. Lister and Bancroft picked up the win against Porter and Watson, while Parks and Livingstone held off Barry and Beaudry to advance to play Lister and Bancroft to determine first and second in A Division. Lister and Bancroft were able to defeat Parks and Livingstone in order to move onto the Championships final against Natalie Steen and Marsha McDougall, who finished in B division with a perfect record.
In the best of three Championships Final, showcased four pitchers that were on fire. In game one, the teams raced up the scoreboard toward 21 without either team having more than a 3 point lead. With the game 20-20, Natalie Steen pitched a ringer, however Gary Lister covered for no score. On what turned out to be the last pitch of Game 1, Steen’s partner Marsha McDougall pitched a ringer to score and take Game 1.
Game 2 provided more excitement as Steen and McDougall sat with the lead of 9-5, when McDougall pitched two ringers for 6 points giving them a 15-5 lead, however Lister and Bancroft responded, with Bancroft pitching a ringer, Lister pitching a ringer, Bancroft pitching a ringer and Lister putting two on the stake for 6 points to go ahead 20-15. The following pitch, McDougall had a tight shoe to the stake to score 1 and Steen responded with a ringer and a close shoe to tie the game at 20-20. In the same fashion as Game 1, McDougall pitched a ringer on the stake to secure the win and the Championship for her and Steen. The duo went undefeated in the tournament. Steen and McDougall join Leo Watson as the only pitchers to win the Club Championship twice and McDougall is back to back Champion.
In the third place game, Mark Parks and Earle Fraser advanced from a tie breaker in B division to play Allen Parks and Wayne Livingstone for third place in the tournament. Parks and Livingstone defeated Parks and Fraser in the one game playoff to capture third place.
“The Club Championships is the tournament that the players look forward to all season” said Club President Jason Rideout, “There was some outstanding pitching during the tournament.”