Hatch Poised for Possible Turning Stone Billiards Crown

Turning Stone XV / Verona, NY

by InsidePOOL Staff

The Turning Stone XV has battled down to its final four undefeated players, with defending champion Johnny Archer and Dennis Hatch looking poised for a possible showdown in the hot seat match. Archer won the event in December 2009, while Hatch, though a long-time Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour winner, has never claimed a Turning Stone victory. The 128-player event is being hosted by Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY, and boasts a $25,000-added prize purse.

Hatch won his first three matches with little trouble and then met Ford in Saturday’s first round.

Hatch won his first three matches with little trouble and then met Ford in Saturday’s first round.

Hatch won his first three matches with little trouble and then met Liz Ford in Saturday’s first round. Ford had defeated Damian Provost, Jerome Rockwell, and Dave Fernandez to reach “The Hatchet Man.” Unimpressed, Hatch drilled Ford 9-2 to advance to reach the final eight undefeated. There he met Ralf Souquet, but it was not a repeat of the finals of the Turning Stone XII, where Souquet bested Hatch 13-6. Hatch eked out a 9-7 victory to send “The Surgeon” to the one-loss side of the chart.

Hatch’s next opponent will be “Rocket” Rodney Morris, who survived an epic hill-hill battle with 2008 and 2009 Player of the Year, Mika Immonen. Before matching up with the Finn, Morris defeated Marc “Spain” Vidal 9-1, while Immonen bested Shawn “Big Bubba” Putnam 9-7.

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Defending champion Johnny Archer will play Jeremy Sossei Sunday to see who advances to the hot seat match against the winner of the Hatch/Immonen match. Archer has led the top half of the bracket, notching victories over players such as Tony Robles, Mike Davis, and Shaun Wilkie to reach Sossei. Sossei has had an equally impressive run, with wins over Charlie Williams, Guy Bedard, and Mike Dechaine.

Still alive on the west side of the chart but fighting for their lives are Thorsten Hohmann, Dechaine, Immonen, and Souquet.

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