Top dog, Larry Harris, and pitching partner and son-in-law, Bobby Kaempfe, dominated the field in 2015, knocking off some true heavyweight contenders to capture their first title together.

Top dog, Larry Harris, and pitching partner and son-in-law, Bobby Kaempfe, dominated the field in 2015, knocking off some true heavyweight contenders to capture their first title together.   They held off the brother-brother, "always-a-bridesmaid-never-a-bride" combo team of Levi and Chad Jones to take home last year's South Franklin County Fair Championship.   Kaempfe ending up with Player of the Year honors, racking up 58 total power points in the tournament while Harris catapulted his way to the top spot in both total individual and total power rankings.    Kevin McCoy and Danny Brown finished third while the powerhouse but aging team of Haney and Hobbs placed fourth.  

    This year's tournament hopes to be bigger and better.   Marty Brassfield, Howard Gossett, Garland Mayes and Steve Haney have all been nominated to join Bobby Eiland in the Gym Dandy's Horseshoe Hall of Fame.   Only one player will be elected this year and voting will take place the day of the tournament.   Word on the street is legends, Kevin Speer and Jerry Cook, are coming off their "self-imposed" hiatus to reclaim their rightful place in history.   "Self-imposed" or PEDs??    We may never know the real truth.   This should automatically put fear in the eyes of their biggest rivals I'm sure.   Speaking of their rivals: Bryan Hewitt, coming off shoulder surgery before last year's competition, has already vowed to pitch even faster and quicker than ever before,,,,,,claiming to have "a shoe in the air before your last one even leaves your fingertips".   While partner, Jeff Dillard, coming off an outstanding back yard event in July in which he teamed up with Haney and dominated the day, promises to talk even more trash than ever before in 2016....."even to his own partner if necessary".   He might've been overheard as saying, "this year, we'll do whatever it takes to win,,,,we'll go ghetto shoes with Cook and Speer if we have to."   Looks like the window for a championship might be closing quickly for the Scott Sharpe and Kyler Curbow team.   In the same 4th of July tournament, I don't remember either one winning a single game, especially Sharpe who looked sluggish and out of shoe shape while Curbow looked completely off his game.  As for Gene Cross, we issue no comment.  We shall not awake a sleeping giant.

    Until next week,,,,,tell your friends, grab a relative, get a partner.....same time, same place, same rules.   Spread the word.   Keep the tradition alive!