Chad Chambers pulled names out of a baseball cap. He and Lee Houston organized a horseshoe tournament on Friday, July 20, at McDougal Park. Time to pair up.
"Gather' round, anybody who wants to hear the rules!" announced Chambers after arranging the pitchers into 18 two-person teams.
Many of the players also competed in the homerun derby taking place on an adjacent field. Amanda Holland masterminded the event.
And, in the dirt field, children ran bases in a contest put together by Kay Cee Paredes.
Some of the horseshoe pitchers washed down their carne asada dinners with a light beer or two. They said it improved their aim.
"11-0 is a skunk," continued Chambers. "Any shoe that hits the concrete is a dead shoe. Sand only, alright? A ringer is three."
Everybody looked like they knew what Chambers was talking about. Many have passion for the sport and will play in the Candy Beach Tournament in Lovelock on Saturday, Aug 3.
For now, Chambers and Houston seized the day.
All of the evening's proceeds will benefit the McIntee family. On June 20 Shaun McIntee suffered a medical emergency during a softball game. His fellow players pitched in with lifesaving measures until the ambulance arrived. They continue to rally around the family.
"We had a good turnout, lots of fun and raised money for a good cause," said Houston.