Hatchet Falls on the Scorpion
Turning Stone Classic XI / Verona, NY
The evening rounds of the Turning Stone Classic XI have finished, leaving 16 billiards players on the winners’ side and 48 on the one-loss side of the bracket. Saturday’s matches will be intense, for only a total of eight players will return for the final battle on Sunday for the lion’s share of the $25,000-added prize purse.
In one of the featured match-ups on the winners’ side in the third round, defending champion Johnny “The Scorpion” Archer met his match in Dennis Hatch. Though Archer, whose many titles include Player of the Decade for the 1990s, held an early lead, “The Hatchetman” made a ferocious comeback, blazing past Archer to win the match 9-6.
In other featured matches, Ronnie Wiseman came out the winner of his double-hill set with Jonathan “Hennessee From Tennessee” Pinegar. Pinegar had thus far been responsible for sending Shawn Putnam and Shayne Cotes to the one-loss side in the first two rounds, while Wiseman had bested Ed Boyle and Shane Winters, only giving up a total of three racks between his first two matches.
InsidePOOL’s 2007 Player of the Year Shane Van Boening eked out a victory against Ed Abraham, a frequent player on the Northeast tours such as the Blaze and Predator tours. Though Abraham was able to reach the hill first, Van Boening regrouped and took the hill and the 9-8 win.
Atlanta’s Steve Moore bested former U.S. Open champ Gabe Owen in their third-round match 9-7 and will face Hatch in the fourth round. Other key match-ups set for Saturday include Chris Szuter versus Francisco Bustamante and Van Boening versus Jose Parica.
Local player Dave Fernandez delivered crowd favorite Karen Corr to the west side of the chart after their match ended 9-4. Corr had been the last female standing on the winners’ side up to that point. However, on the one-loss side, Liz Ford is still fighting, having bested Jonathan Castillo 9-5. In a featured match on the west side, Julie Kelly, who won a hill-hill bout over Corey Deuel Friday, was eliminated by Tony Robles 9-6.
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