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Players Shine During Skills Contests at 2019 TOC
Feb. 1, 2019
POLK COUNTY, Fla. – TOC festivities continued Feb. 7 here at Auburndale Sports Complex with the annual skills contests.
Split into four divisions (40/50, 60, 70/80, Women), the skills contests included Precision Hitting, Home Run, Speed and Pitching.
Player shows off his wheels in the Speed Contest
Player shows off his pop in the Home Run Contest
Player looks to score points in the Precision Hitting Contest
Prizes included Combat bats for Precision Hitting and Home Run winners, Adidas shoes for Speed winners, and fielder’s gloves for Pitching winners.
The precision hitting contest, which requires hitters to hit off a tee and hit certain spots on the field, saw Vannie Behe, 53, (FL) from Kryptonite win the Women’s division with three points. Hugh Brotherton, 87, (FL) won the Men’s 70/80 division, also with three points, while Dennis Cassidy, 68, (NY) took home top honors in the Men’s 60 division with four points. Michael Grim, 57, (CA) won the Men’s 40/50 division with three points.
In the homerun contest, Staci Mosher, 50, (CA) belted three dingers to take the Women’s division. Tarry Cory, 70, (IA), won the Men’s 70/80 division with three home runs, while William (Mark) Thomas, 64, (FL) won the Men’s 60 Division with three home runs in the tie-breaker round, to out-last Terry Wayne Cloutier, 63, (KS). There was also a tie-breaker in the Men’s 40/50 Division, as Keven Bourgeois, 54, (AZ), outslugged Victor Quinton, 57, (NY), 2-1.
Staci Mosher and Kevin Bourgeois each donated their bats to be auctioned to benefit the Louisville Slugger Warriors.
William (Mark) Thomas
The speed contest saw Sarah Payne, 49, (FL), run the bases in 13.22 seconds to take the Women’s division. Gene Thompson, 72, (MN), clocked in at 14.03 to win the Men’s 70/80 division, while Vern Fowler, 66, (CA) sped around the bases in 13.19 seconds to win the Men’s 60 division. Drew Lineberger, 50, (CA), ran the bases with a time of 13.03 seconds to win the Men’s 40/50 division.
In the pitching contest, which requires contestants to throw a ball into a bucket at home plate, saw Heather Lange, 40, (AZ), defeat Valerie Smith, 53, (MA), to win the Women’s division. Each player hit the bucket in the first round, while Lange hit the bucket again in the tie-breaker and Smith failed to hit it. Ron Christian, 71, (NY), won the Men’s 70/80 division with a score of two, while Brian Williamson, 60, (WA), won the Men’s 60 division, also with a score of two. Dale Mayo, 58, (IN), continued the trend, scoring two to win the Men’s 40/50 division.