The Hatchet Man Strikes Again

The Hatchet Man Strikes Again
Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour / Yorkville, NY

by Lea Andrews

Shane Winters and Dennis Hatch are politely taking turns topping the Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour fields, and since Winters was the previous stop’s winner, the fourth stop went to Hatch, who went undefeated for the win. The $1,500-added event, held November 7-8, drew 42 players to Hippo’s House of Billiards in Yorkville, NY.

After getting past Chance Chin 9-8, Hatch faced Ron Casanzio in the hot seat match, where Casanzio, who’d just advanced 9-7 over Chris Orme, managed to notch just one game. On the left side of the bracket, Dan Heidrich got by Angelo Hilton 9-6 to face Dave Grau, who’d held another Hatch, Dennis’ uncle Mark, to two games. Meanwhile, Bucky Souvanthong held Winters—who’d fallen in the fourth round to Casanzio 9-6—to seven games to face Victor Conte Jr., who’d survived a hill-hill battle with Tim Parisian. Though Heidrich and Souvanthong both fared well, advancing 9-4 and 9-7, respectively, neither fared well against Orme or Chin. Souvanthong managed seven games against Chin, while Heidrich managed just five against Orme. The quarterfinal match went hill-hill, and Orme came out on top of Chin to once again face Casanzio. Unfortunately for Orme, it was a replay of their earlier match—he landed in third with an identical score of 9-7, allowing Casanzio a rematch with Hatch.

It was evident from the beginning that the true double-elimination final match wasn’t going to be a replay of the hot seat match, as Casanzio opened up with a four-game lead. Hatch answered with his own seven-game streak, though, and the two traded games until Hatch was on the hill 8-6. In the rack that followed, Hatch was on his way out, but his missed 8 ball gave Casanzio another chance at the table. Down went the 8, but the 9 missed its mark, and Hatch was at the table once again, though he was looking at a table-length bank shot. But it was no problem for “The Hatchet Man,” and the 9 split the pocket for the win.

Winters and Hatch are politely taking turns topping the Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour fields, and since Winters was the previous stop’s winner, the fourth stop went to Hatch, who went undefeated for the win.

Winters and Hatch are politely taking turns topping the Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour fields, and since Winters was the previous stop’s winner, the fourth stop went to Hatch, who went undefeated for the win.

Results:
1st Dennis Hatch $1,260
2nd Ron Casanzio $900
3rd Chris Orme $700
4th Chance Chin $500
5th Dan Heidrich $350
Bucky Souvanthong
7th Dave Grau $200
Victor Conte, Jr.
9th Mark Hatch $100
Angelo Hilton
Tim Parisian
Shane Winters

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