Vidal Victorious at NJ Pro-Am
North Jersey Straight Pool Pro-Am Quarterly / Parsippany, NJ
by Skip Maloney
To victories on tours throughout the Northeast, Marc Vidal added his fourth win of the year at the North Jersey Straight Pool Pro-Am Quarterly December 21. The $500-added, handicapped event, drew 21 entrants to Comet Billiards in Parsippany, NJ, and 7,400 unique viewers to the streaming Internet broadcast over the weekend.
Vidal double-dipped Jason Michas to win the event. He met him first in the hot seat match, where Michas failed to take advantage of a 20-ball edge that required him to sink 90 balls before Vidal sank 110. Michas sank only 41 and moved west to the semifinals, where he sent Guy Batchelder to the one-loss side in a straight-up race to 90 that he won 90-53. Vidal had sent Pat Fleming over 110-38.
The strongest challenge to Michas’ potential return for a rematch versus Vidal came off the stick of Gerard Soriano, who moved past Keith Henry and Blain Howard to take on Fleming. Carmen Lombardo, in the meantime, faced Batchelder after victories over Mike Donato and Anthony Disegna. Lombardo and Soriano advanced to meet in the quarterfinals, where in a tight, straight-up race to 110, Soriano prevailed 110-99.
As the higher-ranked player in the semifinal match that followed against Michas, Soriano went in with a 20-ball disadvantage. He fell three balls short of his 110-ball mark, as Michas moved back to a rematch against Vidal with a 90-107 win.
With the 20-ball handicap now working in his favor, Michas went to work on Vidal. He managed to keep pace with Vidal, and at 85-64, they were virtually tied; Michas needing 26, Vidal needing 25 to win. Michas moved closer, sinking 12 balls, but when he turned the table over to Vidal at 90-76, Vidal made the 20-ball run that finished it. In addition to his $600 first-place prize, Vidal brought home an extra $150 for the tournament’s longest run–70 balls–recorded Saturday.
1st Marc Vidal $600
2nd Jason Michas $315
3rd Gerard Soriano $200
4th Carmen Lombardo $125
5th Pat Fleming $75
7th Anthony Disegna
9th Paul Wortman
photo courtesy Nick DiNicolangelo