Twenty four pitchnutter entered, one came out on top. Larch's reign as top pitchnutter ended. Five-seed Cooper Nelson beat Matt Santana 3-1 in the final after slowing down Larch and edging him out 2-1. He won a tight one against Mercer Blanchard 2-1 after disposing of Myles Olmsted 2-0. Cooper regained the top spot to defend his spring 2013 championship.
The next few tournaments will well-earned as the newcomers are improving every day. Gabe Rudd and Larch have fallen off the top of the rankings. Matt Santana and Jacob Kaplan have climbed to the top of the current rankings.
Lee and Kelly Larcheveque, the "Honeybadgers" defended their reign of the Addison County, VT doubles pitchnut tournament, March first at the Lincoln Peak Winery in New Haven, VT by going undefeated, 10-0. On their way to a 14-1 first round, they dipatched the Pitchforks 3-0, Nonononono 3-0, Scas 3-0, and Smackdown 3-0 before losing their first game to Under Pressure. In the second round, they beat Peach 3-0, Tough Call 2-1, The Vergeniuses 2-1 and the Kinky Khmers 3-0, and in a rematch of last year's championship, won a close one against The Brothers Meader 2-1.
In 25 years of pitchnutting, I've never run the table. On a couple occasions, I got 9 pieces in on a turn. In fact last month I cleared 9 and Matt Santana immediately scored 9 on the next turn. On January 28, though, an unfortunate opponent (his name withheld, to prevent embarrassment) did the "smash 'em" break, setting up at least 5 pieces in perfect position. Two sets of doubles later, I had to clear two back alley shots and sink the poison, which was between the left back pocket screws- for the elusive eleven. It might be another 25 years before I run the table again.
That's "wins" with an asterisk. Jake beat Ben 2-0, Myles 2-0, Cooper 3-0, but lost to Larch in the winners' bracket 4-2 (coming one shot away from tying it 3-3). He then beat Cooper (winner of the ARHS 2013 regular season) in the losers' bracket 4-3 and lost to Larch again 3-0. He wins a gift Certificate to Panda East. Congrats Jake!