Johnnie’s I Love This Barn
Tournament held May 30, 2015
The Stuarts Draft club really likes holding its team tournament, and there are a bunch of pitchers that enjoy this format also. John Monarchy, from Maryland was an enthusiastic and faithful participant until his health prevented him from pitching or making the trip. Johnnie passed away in July of 2013 after a long hard battle with cancer, and the club decided to change the tournament name in remembrance of him.
Jim Hartman had brought a much-treasured poster for display - an original out of John Monarchy’s tobacco barn. And the award plaques had been designed with John’s tobacco barn on the plates (he had indoor courts at his barn, and many fun cook-out / pitchin’ days were held there).
Six teams signed up (three people per team), and team Captains were assigned. The fun part of this event is when the Captains assess the opposing team members, then assign who-will-play-who.
As the games got going, it looked like Turner-Gregory-Hansen might stand a chance at the winning spot, but with one game ending in a tie, and another two losses, they shifted to 3rd place at the end of the regular round robins. AND at the end of game 5, two teams shifted into 1st & 2nd, TIED with 12 wins/3 losses.
A playoff match followed with Breeden-Stallard-Sparks facing off against Cummings-Duymich-Perkins. It was a really good set of matches. B.B.S. earned 2 wins, 1 loss and C.D.P. earned 2 losses, 1 win. Breeden-Stallard-Sparks won the tournament by that one extra win!!
As club members handed out the plaques and Jim packed up his poster, we all smiled and remembered how much Johnnie loved this team thing. And HE was a part of our team over the many years he came and pitched shoes in Stuarts Draft. Love that Barn, and we Loved Johnnie.
See you all on the courts again soon. Pat