Hatch Holds Back Souvanthong at Joss Billiards Event
Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour / Amsterdam, NY
by Lea Andrews
Two very familiar faces on the Joss Northeast 9-Ball Tour met up in the finals of the February 19-20 stop, and though Dennis “The Hatchetman” Hatch, undefeated at that point, suffered a bit of a setback courtesy of Bucky Souvanthong, he overcame it to nab his second tour victory this season. Hatch and Souvanthong were among the field of 48 gathered at Main Street Billiards in Amsterdam, NY, for the $1,500-added main event.
Hatch and Souvanthong met for the first time on the winners’ side final four, where Hatch hammered out a 9-5 win to move on to the hot seat match against last stop’s winner, Dan Hewitt. Hewitt had just pushed past Ron Casanzio 9-7, but against powerhouse Hatch, he marked up just three games and moved over to the semifinals.
On the left side of the bracket, Spencer Auigbelle, who’d earlier suffered a 9-3 loss to Hewitt, ousted Tom Acciavatti and Mike Zuglan by back-to-back 9-5 scores before coming upon Souvanthong. Meanwhile, Bruce Nagle, who’d been on the west side since his first-round loss to Alvin Thomas, took care of both Kevin Ketz and Greg Antonakos 9-7 before facing Casanzio. Neither Auigbelle nor Nagle fared well, though, and they landed in a tie for fifth place 9-6 and 9-3, respectively, while Souvanthong and Casanzio earned their spots in the quarterfinal match, where Souvanthong knocked out a 9-2 win to get a chance at Hewitt. The two most recently met in the finals of the last event, with Hewitt coming out on top in one 9-7 set, but this time, Souvanthong plowed through him 9-3 to reach the finals against Hatch.
Souvanthong would need to avenge his earlier loss by winning both sets of the true double-elimination final match, and after Hatch got up 2-0 but then miscued in the third rack, Souvanthong seemed well on his way, notching nine straight racks to take the first set 9-2. He was also looking to repeat the results from this season’s sixth stop, when he finished first to Hatch’s second. But something changed in the second set, as tour director Mike Zuglan pointed out with a laugh. “In the second set, he didn’t miscue.” Hatch stayed chalked up to claim the tournament as his own 9-2.
In Sunday’s $500-added second chance non-pro event, Marco Kam went undefeated to top the 20-player field, ultimately taking down Mark Stewart in the finals 3-2.
The next $1,500/$500-added event will be held at trick shot Billiards in Clifton Park, NY, on March 19-20. Those interested in competing in the tour’s season finale, the Turning Stone Classic XVII, are urged to contact Mike Zuglan at 518-356-7163 as soon as possible.
1st Dennis Hatch $1,030
2nd Bucky Souvanthong $760
3rd Dan Hewitt $550
4th Ron Casanzio $450
5th Spencer Auigbelle $300
7th Mike Zuglan $200
9th Dave Fernandez $90
Second Chance Results:
1st Marco Kam $320
2nd Mark Stewart $220
3rd Bruce Carroll $160
4th Noah Wells $100
5th Keith Owen $50