Dennis “The Hatchet Man” Hatch, who last won a Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour event in February, went undefeated at the March 26-27 stop to earn his third tour win this season. The $1,500-added event drew 33 competitors to Salt City Billiards in Syracuse, NY.
Hatch got past Ron Casanzio 9-7 to reach the hot seat match against Seth Delvinallo, who’d sent Dave Grau west 9-6. Against Hatch, though, Delvinallo managed just three games, earning himself a spot in the semifinals.
On the other side of the bracket, Bucky Souvanthong ousted Hendrik Drost and Bruce Carroll 9-5 on his way to meet up with Grau, while Bruce Nagle took care of Tim Parisian 9-5 and Randy Fawcett 9-6 before coming upon Casanzio. Both Grau and Casanzio prevailed—9-7 and 9-8, respectively—to face each other in the quarterfinals. A strong 9-4 win gave Grau the chance at a rematch with Delvinallo in the semifinals and left Casanzio behind in fourth. Unfortunately for Grau, though, he couldn’t capitalize on the opportunity, and he finished in third 9-5 while Delvinallo advanced to his own rematch against Hatch in the finals.
Veteran Hatch and first-time finalist Delvinallo traded games early on in the true double-elimination final match, but then Hatch stretched out to a 7-4 lead. Delvinallo was right behind him, though, taking three straight to tie it up at seven games apiece. But his dry break in the next rack allowed Hatch to reach the hill first, and in the final rack, Hatch’s well-played safety earned him the win 9-7.
In Sunday’s $500-added second-chance, non-pro event, 13 players competed for their share of the $760 purse, and Brian Lipes went undefeated, shutting out Joe Wysocki in the final match 3-0. The next $1,500/$500-added event will be held April 2-3 at Raxx Pool Room and Grill in West Hempstead, NY. Those interested in competing in the tour’s season finale, the Turning Stone Classic XVIII, should contact tour director Mike Zuglan at 518-356-7163 as soon as possible. Please note that the Turning Stone date has been changed from August 11-14 to September 8-11.
1st Dennis Hatch $1,000
2nd Seth Delvinallo $700
3rd Dave Grau $550
4th Ron Casanzio $400
5-6th Bucky Souvanthong $250
5-6th Bruce Nagle $250
7-8th Bruce Carroll $125
7-8th – Randy Fawcett $125
Courtesy of www.InsidePoolMag.com