Shoe-in: Lee, Pendexter ringers in Cod Adams horseshoe tourneyOne of many fun-filled Thomaston Fourth of July activities
Thomaston — It was a nail-biter to the end of the double-elimination Cod Adams Memorial Horseshoe Tournament.
The tournament is an annual tradition, held at 1 p.m. at the Fourth of July festivities in Thomaston.
Corydon "Cod" Adams loved the game and ran the tournament for years. Hoping to keep the tradition alive, Adams left a bequest to the Thomaston Fourth of July Committee, a bequest that is used for the cash prizes for the tourney. There is no entry fee for the two-man teams.
This year, Lance Lee and Rabbi Pendexter battled for first-place honors in two tough games against Andy Anderson and Harold Anderson. Lee and Pendexter had not lost a game, and needed only one win against the Andersons. The Andersons already had lost one, and needed to pull off a sweep.
The first game between the two final teams saw great shooting, with the Andersons winning by a small margin.
The two teams swapped ends and began the final game with Lee and Pendexter jumping to an early lead, scoring nine points out of the gate. But the Andersons came back with enough points to remain in contention.
Suddenly, Lee and Pendexter exploded for 10 points to put them at 19 for the game, only two points from winning. Now it was the Andersons' turn and they came back with seven unanswered points.
Finally, a ringer on the first shoe earned Lee and Pendexter first place, and the cash prize of $100.
The Andersons took second with a prize of $50 and Jeremy Ludwig and Matt Poland captured third-place honors and the $25 prize.
The Thomaston Fourth of July Committee invites those interested in playing horseshoes to practice for next year's tournament. The Cod Adams Memorial Horseshoe Tournament is free to enter, and open to all.
Information edited by Courier Publications sports staff and provided by John Russo.
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