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Atlanta’s Hardie wins National Hardball Doubles 50s

Atlanta’s Hardie wins National Hardball Doubles 50s Atlanta’s Eben Hardie, partnered with Jamie Heldring from Philadelphia, took the national hardball doubles 50s title in Baltimore in March. The pair defeated Court Chilton and Bruce Matthai, 6,9,10 in the round of 16, then handled legends John Nimick and Clive Caldwell, (10), 10,10,10 in the quarters. Former U.S. and Canadian 50s champs Andy Nehrbas and Doug Rice fell in the semis in a close four games, 16-18, 18-15, 9, 13.

In the finals they handled Gil Mateer and David Page, who had beaten Bostwick and McGorry in the semis, who in turn defeated the defending champion Boldt brothers from St. Louis in the quarters.

Said Eben, “The finals was interesting, as we cruised through the first 2 games, maybe 12 and 7, and then our opponents switched sides and it screwed us all up. “We were down 11-6 in the third when an errant ball hit David Page and we had to stop for 15 minutes while they cleaned him up and butterflied the cut. We then settled down, and while we lost the lost the 3rd 15-13, we were back in control. Jumped out to a 14-8 lead in the 4th for 6 match points….but they hit 4 winners and we made 2 errors to get to 14 all. Jamie quickly called no set, and after a long rally and a let, we had another long rally and Gil hit a ball where he was clearly in the way. Stroke to us and match! 15-14 in the 4th.“

“After spending all the money I have spent to travel and learn the game of doubles, it was certainly quite satisfying to finally win one,” he added.

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