Sunday Afternoon Pitch #2
May 4, 2003

Another nice Sunday, the first in May, sees the Pitching Dutchmen out at the pits in daylight once again.  But wait, where ARE all the Pitching Dutchmen?  Looks like a lot of new faces out there on the pits!  Poor attendance results in only eight pitchers today, and 5 of those are first-time visitors!  The Dutchmen introduced the PDQC pits to George "Jorge" Satko, Scott "Mo" Koval, and  Kathy "Kay" Shantz, all from Pottstown, PA; Mark McDevitt from Reading, PA; and John Gerlach from Mount Joy.  The only Pitching Dutchmen present were Troy "Clay Stolzfus" Frey (his newly christened nickname by the visitors) and Kyle and Belinda Mabry.  Even with the low turnout, quite a few hotly contested pitches ensued throughout the afternoon.   Sorry Kyle, I got mug shots of everyone but you today - so you've been spared from all the comic relief below!! 

 

With that, on to the excitement!  These photos are in order, left to right down the page.  Warning:  Please don't hurt yourself on the captions, I do believe I did a fair job on them this time!...Enjoy!

 

Clay Stolzfus stares down the camera after pitching his quoits, while Jorge bends over to pick up a bar of soap Clay dropped behind him (oh wait, my mistake!  That's actually just a can of soda!)...Meanwhile, Kay and Mo are locked in a heated duel 

on the far pits.

Mark McDevitt concentrates before making his pitch as Belinda Mabry waits her turn.  Meanwhile, Kay and Mo argue profusely over a tight grouping of quoits in the background.

Belinda drops one into the far pit as Mark prepares to pitch.  Clay grimaces as  the quoit barely misses splintering the front edge of the box!  Meanwhile, Kay and Mo are off-screen,

 still arguing over their most recent pitch...

"See that?! Can't you see mine's closer?!  Look at it!  Where's the Referee! C'mon, you know mine's closer! You can dig all you want, Ref!  It's my point, I'm tellin' ya, I can see it from here!!" 

Mark smiles as he tries to ignore all the commotion coming from the other pits, and takes his shot at the opposing pin.  Jorge, obviously under the influence of "The Worlds Finest Vodka", amusingly observes Kay and Mo from a "safe" distance!  Clay, oblivious to practically everything,  seems to be busy practicing some steering techniques for an upcoming Driver's Exam.  

OK, it's bad enough they fight over who's quoit is closer, but NOW they're even fighting over who gets to throw first!  Kay and Mo decide they're just going to pitch at the same time, Dammit!!  On the near court, Belinda and Mark size up their last pitch, but neither looks too happy about it...

Well, looks like they're STILL at it in the outfield - that score must be 65-64 by now.  Someone, please pitch a game with them already!...Hey score keeper, when's this game gonna end?

 Does that scoreboard even count up that high? I bet you're getting some serious calluses on that index finger of yours!  And stop drinking all that cheap Vodka already - you must have propped yourself up against the light pole and bent it crooked, now wunst!

 

Later in the afternoon, visitor John Gerlach makes his rookie appearance on the PDQC pitcher's mound.  Wisely, he keeps to the front pits away from all that excitement in left field.  Look Out Jorge! That quoit is about to hit you square in the eye!  Didn't your Mama always tell you not to stand in the way of fast moving objects?!  You weren't supposed to take it quite so literally when your Dad said 

"Keep your eye on the ball, Son!"

 

"OK, Let's take a look at the instant play-by-play replay of that 

last pitch from our sideline camera feed, courtesy of Olympus High-Speed Digital Film!  Here's the pitch...Yep, that John fellow sure seems to be pitching more confidently this season.  Look at that form!  Uh oh, looks like he stepped too far off the rubber on his follow-through, and that COULD cause his pitch to go a bit wild..."

 

 "Just as I predicted! The pitch is a little UP and INSIDE on the batter...Ooh! looks like Jorge is gonna be DOWN for the count 

without his protective batting helmet...and HE thought the worst danger was umpiring in the outfield!  Yes-sir-ee, he sure has that 

"Aw Crap, Why Me?" look on his face that really sums up the 

moment!  Give that man a Schaeffer when he gets back up, will you? 

And don't forget to ring the bell...Where is that dang bell, anyway?"

  

Mo stomps his foot in disgust as Kay puts another point on him!  Meanwhile, Mike and John appear to be having a tad more civilized game here on the front pits.

 

Finally, the languishing competition in the outfield comes to an end.   Mo feigns a bad left leg and limps around trying to make an excuse for losing to his Sister.  Feeling confident, Kay's quoit appears to have little yellow wings on it as it "flies" gracefully toward the opposing pin.  So when ARE you guys going to let anyone else play on those pits?

  

 

Well, I should have kept my mouth shut!  Good ol' Clay Stolzfus was unlucky enough to pitch against Kay in a final foursome, and tossed a nice ringer to supposedly win the best-of-3 match.  But Kay, in a devastatingly aggressive performance, somehow managed to roll a ringer on top of the extremely short pin with her LAST quoit, putting HER team over the 21-point mark first!

Ooooo, I'm DY-ing!!

 

Kay Gloats...Go home, Kay.