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The following was written and / or photographed by league members of the Pittsburgh Pinball League.
This weekend, much of the world will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, a day about the heritage of the Irish and the color green. The Pittsburgh Pinball League will be celebrating as well, but the celebration will be about league titles and the green will be cash.
This past weekend, the regular season concluded for Season 19 of the PPL. 120 players participated, a new league high. Included in that total were over a dozen first time players, as old players continue to bring friends and family out into the world of competitive pinball.
The A Division finals will once again be full of talented competitors. Mahesh Murthy repeated as the regular season champion and will be looking for his first league title. Standing in his way will be Jon Replogle, who has Top 4 finishes in his last 5 tournaments, including the Louisville Arcade Expo Circuit Event. Other past winners looking to add to their trophy cases are Cryss Stephens, Al Thomka, and last season’s champion, Matt Clark. New comer Jake Kirk will also provide a challenge for the seasoned league veterans.
There will be great competition within the lower divisions as well. Linus Pietrusza, who was featured in last month’s article showed improved play and may have the chance to battle his Dad for a title. Greg Galantar returned to the Pittsburgh area and has played well after being away from the game for a couple of years. Dave Lancaster and Roger Wolff also had very good rookie seasons.
The final standings for the regular season are available at http://ppl.league.tater.org/
The PPL finals will include great food, consolation tourneys, and the fabled Boobie Duck award, a homemade award given out to the player who has the worst performance at finals.
After finals, PPL will take a couple of weeks off for the Pinburgh tournament. Many of the members will be helping with the pre-Pinburgh tournaments (https://www.facebook.com/events/661411313922360/), and then playing in the Pinburgh tourney itself. But Season 20 will be starting soon.
If you are interesting in finding out more information about the Pittsburgh Pinball League, join our facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/pittsburghpinballleague/ or check out www.coinball.com.