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By Jacque Ritchie



August 24, 2018

Post Commander Abe Saiz Takes Aim.

Story and Photos By Jacque Ritchie TALON

Dateline Aztec: 17 teams squared off at VFW Post 614 on Saturday August 18, vying for cash prizes and all important bragging rights. The competition was as heated as the weather as 43 pitchers faced off with almost $400 up for grabs. Participants all pitched in a $10 entry fee and split the pot with the post. The Tournament was held to replenish the veterans fund the post uses exclusively to help area vets in need. "We have a steady stream of vets that desperately need assistance in the Tri-City area," Said Post Commander Abe Saiz. Saiz described how veterans many times find themselves homeless, with no transportation or sometimes simply unable to pay a utility bill, "We've had vets show up here with three kids and no groceries. With this money, we can take them down to Safeway buy them some groceries and deliver them right to their house."

U.S. Army Specialist Art Butcher served in Iraq and acted as tournament director, "The Cinderella story of the day had to be Dan B., this was his first time pitching in a horseshoe tournament. He had only pitched at home and he heard about this event from a buddy, so he decided to try it out. He made it half-way through but got beat out by Stacey T. It was a close game and hard fought, ringer after ringer!" Butcher who pitches competitively has run many tournaments explained that they just go by first names and initials saying, "That's just the way we roll." Another surprise was young Sabrina who came out of nowhere to capture second out of 33 (mostly male competitors) in the 30 foot Pitch contest. "Sabrina was a hitter. She went three games. Each time the guy said she was tough and hard to keep up with. She finally got beat by her relative Jay H."

Winners included; Doubles 1st place honors went to, Gene G of Aztec and Stacey T of Torreon. Eli H and Jay H grabbed 2nd place. Dennis W and Waymore C. took 3rd. In the Singles Tourney, Eli H came in 1st, Art B pitched 2nd, Stacey T hung on for 3rd.

Commander Saiz was really pleased with Saturday's turn-out and is looking forward to holding another horseshoe tournament at the end of September. Saiz said,"The need is great and we really appreciate the community's help." Aztec VFW Post 614 located at 201 S. Park Avenue gratefully accepts donations of non-perishable food items and diapers, toiletries. Come by anytime to drop off donations or just to stop by and visit, Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 9p.m.


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