Hatch Owns Joss Tour for Third Time in a Row
Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour / Providence, RI
by Skip Maloney
Dennis “The Hatchetman” Hatch survived a double-elimination battle in the finals versus George Sansouci to win his third straight stop on the Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour the weekend of November 22-23, becoming the twentieth Ocean State 9-Ball Champion whose name will be added to a banner on display at the host location, Snooker’s Pool Lounge in Providence, RI. The $5,000-added event, with a total purse of $13,000, drew 80 entrants to the lounge.
It was the fourth time on the tour, dating back to early October, that Hatch had to withstand a strong challenge from the one-loss side—twice by David Grau, once by Jeremy Sossei, and this time out from Sansouci. Early Sunday, Hatch sent Kevin Guimond to the one-loss side 9-2, as Mike Dechaine battled to hill-hill with Sansouci before sending him to the left side. Hatch prevailed over Dechaine 9-7 to gain the hot seat.
With visions of another crack at Hatch, Grau was once again battling back through the one-loss side, defeating Joe Tucker and Ray McNamara by identical 9-6 scores to meet Guimond. Mike Badstuebner, in the meantime, advanced to meet Sansouci. Badstuebner dropped into the tie for fifth place on the heels of a 9-5 Sansouci win, as Grau ousted Guimond 9-7. Grau’s bid ended in the quarterfinals as Sansouci moved into the semifinals with a 9-7 victory. In the easiest of the three battles he fought to get back to the finals, Sansouci defeated Dechaine 9-2.
For the first time in his last three victories on the tour, Hatch had to play a second set. Sansouci won the opener 9-5 but fell 9-4 in the second set, giving Hatch the victory and title of 2008 Ocean State 9-Ball Champion.
1st Dennis Hatch $2,500
2nd George Sansouci $1,800
3rd Mike Dechaine $1,300
4th Dave Grau $1,000
5th Mike Badstuebner $800
7th Ray McNamara $600
9th Jamie Forcier $400