On March 6th-7th, the Wallace County Pitch team hosted the 68th annual Pitch Tournament at the Township Hall. The Oklahoma teams arrived throughout Friday afternoon, catching up with their Kansas friends. Erin Wright catered the Friday evening meal, consisting of fried catfish, pulled pork, potato salad, and beans. The pitch wives provided two full tables of desserts.
The top 8 teams representing Kansas this year were Gary Hill - Larry Van Allen, Skip David - Corey David, Frank Van Laeys - Terry Dreiling, Donnie Pletcher - Ed Poe, Bruce Buck - Ronnie Hill, Darren Pletcher - Doyle Pletcher, Randy Dreiling - Dave Van Laeys, Dale Samuelson - Don Henderson. Mark Kulhman played for Dale Samuelson in the tournament since his passing.
The Friday evening pitch sessions were all close battles, with Kansas leading 73-70 at the end of the night. Many players went to Skip David’s shop afterwards for snacks and more visiting.
The Kansas team pulled away during the three Saturday morning sessions, taking a 161-133 lead into the lunch break. Erin Wright also catered the lunch, bringing in three trays of sub-sandwiches on homemade buns, potato soup, and chili. Many players were seen making second and third trips for more food.
Kansas was able to hold their lead throughout the final three afternoon sessions, winning by a final score of 238-204. This brought the overall record to Kansas 52 – Oklahoma 16.
The High Team for Kansas was Skip David – Corey David at +17. The Low Team for Kansas was Don Henderson – Mark Kuhlman at -10.
The High Teams for Oklahoma were Jake Geis – Wesley Scott and Larry Hooper – Carl Ahlsten, both at +1. The Low Team for Oklahoma was Tony Law – Tike Law at -17.
All of the players are looking forward to the 69th tournament, to be held in Mountain View in 2021.
Van Laeys-Dreiling +16
Dreiling-Van Laeys +4
Hill-Van Allen -9
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