Hatch Continues Domination of Joss 9-Ball Tour
Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour / Albany, NY
by Skip Maloney
Most of the time, when Dennis Hatch’s name does not show up in first place at a stop on the Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour, it’s because his name wasn’t on the list of entrants to begin with. He won five of the tour’s stops in 2008 and has chalked up three wins so far this year, including the latest stop on the tour in Albany, NY, where 46 entrants were on hand for the $2,000-added event at Golden Cue Billiards and Sports Pub.
Hatch followed a bye in the opening round with three victories that put him among the winners’ side final four, where he defeated Ron Casanzio 9-2 to get himself into the hot seat match. Matt Tetreault, in the meantime, advanced among the winners’ side final four, where he defeated Geoff Montgomery 9-4 to move into the first of two against Hatch. Hatch sent Tetreault to the semifinals with a commanding 9-2 win and waited for his return.
On the one-loss side, Dan Hewitt was picking up some speed on his way to a quarterfinal match-up versus Casanzio. From among the final 12, he shut out Greg Antonakos and got by Chance Chin 9-7 to square off against Montgomery. It was Bruce Carroll, following victories over Bucky Souvanthong and Jeff Smolen, who was waiting for Casanzio. Carroll got into the quarterfinals with a 9-6 win over Casanzio, as Hewitt narrowly defeated Montgomery 9-8 to join him. Casanzio then dropped Hewitt into fourth place and faced Tetreault in the semifinals.
Tetreault ended Casanzio’s bid to get into the finals 9-3 and got his second chance versus Hatch. The momentum of moving directly from the semifinals into that final match helped Tetreault, because the final match was more of a struggle than their first meeting. The result was the same, though, as Hatch survived to win it 9-8.
1st Dennis Hatch $1,500
2nd Matt Tetreault $1,060
3rd Ron Casanzio $800
4th Dan Hewitt $600
5th Geoff Montgomery $400
7th Chance Chin $250
9th Greg Antonakos $100