Morris Snares Fatboy Event at Derby City Classic
Derby City Classic / Elizabeth, IN
“Rocket” Rodney Morris claimed the $9,000 first-place prize in the Fatboy 10-Ball Challenge Friday night, defeating recent U.S. Open victor Darren Appleton in the finals. The Fatboy Challenge is a single-elimination, 16-player tournament with a $1,000 entry fee and a $10,000-added prize purse.
Morris defeated Tommy Kennedy 15-13, Niels Feijen 15-12, and Lee Van Corteza 15-10 to reach the finals against Appleton, who had eliminated Mike Davis 15-6, Shane Van Boening 15-14, and Francisco Bustamante 15-9.
The final match seesawed for the first half, with both players trading the lead until the score reached 7-6 Morris, at which point the Hawaiian pulled ahead to 9-6. Frustrated, Appleton began making errors and down 11-7 took a break. He came back and the players split the next two racks to make it 12-8, and then Appleton pulled closer by taking the next game. Morris played an excellent massé shot in the following game to get out of a safety by Appleton and notched that rack, but Appleton took the next two, bringing the score to 13-11 Morris. When Appleton went for a bank shot on the 1 ball, he scratched, and Morris ran out to take the hill. However, even though Appleton got ball in hand in the final rack, he missed the 9 ball, and Morris was able to pocket the last two balls for the win 15-11.
There are still plenty of players remaining in the 9-ball division without a loss, including Johnny Archer, Ralf Souquet, Lee Van Corteza, Mike Dechaine, Scott Frost, John Schmidt, Shane Van Boening, Dennis Orcollo, and Robb Saez.
Leading the hunt for the all-around champion award is still Alex Pagulayan with 190 points. The all-around champion and 9-ball champion will both be crowned Saturday.
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