"The Pitching Dutchmen's Quoit Night Out #7"

October 3, 2001

An entire week of 80-degree-plus warm weather prompted the Pitching Dutchmen to schedule one last Quoit Night Out party late in the season. A hasty invitation was sent out to all on Monday for a Wednesday evening outing, but even with the short notice, an excellent turnout of 15 people was realized.  The weather was warm enough throughout the entire evening for shorts and T-shirts, and games were still being played after midnight!  We even had a few new attendees this time around, and they took to the pits with little trepidation, albeit with little form and grace sometimes, also!  Sadly, this was the last Quoit Night Out in Troy "Mervin Weaver" Frey's backyard, as he will be tearing out the pits in the following week to prepare to move to his new home next month, being built a few blocks away.  Fear not, for new, even better pits are in the plans for next year, hopefully featuring TWO sets of clay boxes for our viewing audience's entertainment!  See you there next year!

The sun is just setting as the early evening games begin one last time on these soon-to-be-retired pits.  Craig Greenholt pitches his quoit past Josh "Abe Zimmerman" Curtis.

"Abe Zimmerman" sends the Bronze ring toward the other pit.  A can of red spray paint used to paint the pins between games can be seen sitting on the "Beer Shelf" next to Abe.  Painting the pins helps with visibility, as they become dirty and hard to see against the clay backgroud during play.

John "Johnny Diffendefer" Kroplesky appears to toss a 'flaming' quoit past the camera...

 

...and then his opponent, Fred "Jeremiah Wolgemuth" Rowe seems to be walking the balance beam during his pitch.

Belinda "Sadie Mellinger" Mabry takes her turn as Brad "Edam Smucker" Kramer holds up the fence.

 

Newbie Bagel-Flicker Jared "Jebodiah Heffelfinger" Hess exercises his calf muscles during his first PDQC event.  "Abe Zimmerman" looks like he's up to no good sneaking up behind Jebodiah!

"Edam Smucker" displays both his fine quoiting form and his muscles.  His quoiting attire is looking a little worn, though. Somebody ought to get that man a new suit!

Throwing against an inexperienced quoit pitcher can sometimes be hazardous!  After the previous two quoits thrown by "Jebodiah Heffelfinger" bounced out of the pits and into Edam's foot, the aging but still somewhat agile Edam was prepared for Jeb's next wild pitch and acted accordingly!  The third offending quoit is visible lying in the grass below the leaping fence-climber.  Jebodiah needs to work on arcing his quoit a little higher to keep them in the pit where they can't bite someone!

Over the fence on the other set of pits in Edam's backyard, Jebodiah shows us another of his many mind boggling skills - One-Legged, Quoit-Balanced, Sneaker-Heeled Calf-Scratching - While Greg "Ivan Zook" Sollenberger snaps his fingers and kicks up his heels to the music.  Folks, this is the finest example of Dutchman Pit-Dancing as I've ever seen in these here parts... 

 

Dick "Ira Bomberger" Parsons pitches against The Quoit Master himself, Troy "Mervin Weaver" Frey.  

 

Rick "Jakey Stoltzfus" Noll grimaces as he puts a monumental effort into his throw, so much so that his blindingly swift movements are blurred in the camera lens!

Two more rookie quoit pitchers try their hand at the pits. Dave "Isaac Fasnacht" Lechlitner and Jay "Jay Martin" Martin work the clay.  Nice form there, Jay!  Either they are really enjoying their new-found hobby, or they are laughing at themselves for displaying such a pitiful performance...Remember: Always pitch with a smile!

Those waiting for the pits relax and watch the antics of the players.  From left: "Jeremiah Wolgemuth", "Edam Smucker", Randy Flick, and "Jay Martin".

The "B" team has a good score here, with four points for the Ringer and a Point.  Poor "A" left one way out in center field!

"Johnny Diffenderfer" moves the black peg a notch or two higher for the "B" team.  Looks like "A" is falling way behind in this game!

 

Randy Flick lines up his shot while "Edam Smucker"  takes a quick snooze against the fence.  Looks like these guys are both lobbying for Deck Shoes to become the official pitching footwear of the PDQC!

Another fine score in the pits!  Even though these are both "She" Quoits, we like to count them in informal play.  These two quoits are from the same team so they score five points for the lucky thrower.

Where's the dang maintenance crew when you need them?!  "Ira Bomberger" does a little mud-packing in the pits, tamping down the clay after it becomes riddled with indentations and ridges from the heavy quoits.  The club needs to purchase a  proper asphalt tamper for this job, but a maul will have to do for this season!

 

"Isaac Fasnacht" spies a UFO hovering in the night sky over the pits.  The aliens are probably taking notes to build their own quoit pits back on their home planet!   "Jay Martin" and Randy Flick appear to have already been struck with the aliens freeze ray...

...then the alien spacecraft swoops down for a closer look at the intriguing pit construction.  Sorry, I'm laying it on a little too thick now , don't you think?!