The Quesnel Horseshoe Pitchers Club opened up their season, not letting the cool, spring air and occasional May rains dampen their spirits.
Vic Valee of Prince George was unbeaten in the men’s class A, followed by Gold Pan Residents Lloyd Osborne in second, with a 4-2 record, and Phil Erickson in third with two wins and four losses.
Helene Boudreau suffered only one loss on her way to the top of the women’s class A. Prince George’s Ida Boschman came in second, with a 4-2 record, and Pat Duncan at an even split of wins and losses.
North Peace’s Gordon Snyder won all four of his games to win the mixed A category. Prince George’s Maurice Carpenter and and Abbortsford’s Maurice Stern tied for second/third.
The seniors mixed was an all out-of-towners affair. Snyder dominated the class without a loss. Abbortsford’s Elaine Stern took second, with a sole loss to her name. Boschman and Duncan tied for third with an even split between their wins and losses.
Osborne took first in the senior men 40 foot, with a 3-1 record. Boschman took second with an even split between wins and losses, followed by Erickson with a win and three losses.
Snyder also won all three of his games to take first in the elders 30 feet division. Carpenter suffered a single loss to put him in second. Quesnel’s Marcel Pinette took third in the division, with a 1-2 record.
Boschman went undefeated to claim the crown for the senior women. Duncan and Stern tied for a second/third finish.
Stern also took the women’s B class with three wins and no losses. Duncan took second in the class with one loss, followed by Boudreau in third with two.
Osborne won all four of his games in the men’s B class, followed by Erickson and Boschman in a two/three tie.
Boudreau took three wins on her way to winning the C class, followed by Joyce Hammel of Quesnel in second with a 2-1 record and Jeanette Ferrara in third with a 1-2 record.
Erickson won all four of his games in the men’s class C, followed by a two/three tie for Boschman and Quesnel’s Orlando Pellizzari with a win and three losses each.
Erickson also took the men’s D class, by beating Pellizari, who got second, twice.
Joyce Hamel and Erickson faced off for top honours in the mixed D event, with Hamel coming out on top by winning both games.
The Spring Opener was a provincially sanctioned tournament, with players from as far away as Abbortsford taking part.