Derby City Classic One-Pocket Winds Down as 9-Ball Begins
Derby City Classic / Elizabeth, IN
The one-pocket division of the 13th Annual Derby City Classic is in its last stages, with the finals scheduled for some time January 27. The third division, the open 9-ball event, began January 26 with 301 players, with a winner to be crowned Saturday evening.
There are 22 players remaining in the one-pocket event, and leader in the all-around champion race, Alex Pagulayan, is still alive with no losses. The only other players without a defeat are Shannon Daulton, Scott Frost, Jeremy Jones, and Richie Richeson. Players who are in but having used their buy-back option include Shane Van Boening, Earl Strickland, Sylver Ochoa, Jason Miller, Niels Feijen, Francisco Bustamante, and Dee Adkins.
The $10,000-added Fatboy 10-Ball Challenge began last night with 16 players. In the first round, it was an epic battle between two of the best when Ralf Souquet and Shane Van Boening matched up. Van Boening had an early lead, but Souquet chipped away at it until the score reached double-hill, at which point Van Boening pushed through for the win 15-14.
Francisco Bustamante had a much easier experience in his first-round match, eliminating Rafael Martinez 15-1. InsidePOOL Magazine’s 2011 Player of the Year, Darren Appleton, drilled Mike Davis 15-6, while Chris Bartram ousted Dennis Orcollo 15-10.
On the bottom half of the bracket, Lee Van Corteza sent Jesse Engel home 15-8 and will next play Stevie Moore, who eliminated Hall of Famer Johnny Archer 15-10 in the first round. “Rocket” Rodney Morris struggled against Tommy Kennedy but came out ahead 15-13, while Holland’s Niels Feijen advanced over Jason Klatt 15-12.
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