Masters Field Down to 12
Masters 10-Ball Championship / Chesapeake, VA
The winners’ side of the Masters 10-Ball Championship has come down to its final four players, while eight remain on the one-loss side. The Masters is being hosted by the Chesapeake Conference Center in Chesapeake, VA, and began with a field of 60 players.
Mika Immonen, who has experienced much success in that venue, came through his match with former Virginia State champion Chris Loar with an 8-3 win and then went up against Hall of Fame member Earl Strickland, who had just defeated Charlie Williams 8-3. It was a nail-biter, but ultimately Immonen was the one to advance 8-7.
Immonen’s next opponent will be Ralf Souquet, another who has had success in Chesapeake. Souquet delivered to the west side Jundel Mazon, who was responsible for Johnny Archer’s loss in the previous round, and then had another tight match with Rodney Morris that saw the German advance 8-7. Morris had just defeated Alex Pagulayan 8-4.
Two Americans match up in the second bout. Mike “Fireball” Dechaine sent Stevie Moore to the one-loss side 8-6 to advance to meet Shane Winters, whom he bested 8-5. In the previous round Winters had given Dennis Hatch his first defeat 8-4.
Dechaine’s opponent will be Mike Davis, who has been on fire at this event. His most recent conquests include an 8-3 win over Corey Deuel and then an 8-4 victory over Shawn Putnam, who had just sent Shane Van Boening to the west side 8-5.
On the one-loss side, Hatch and Strickland will be the featured match-up. Also playing will be Warren Kiamco versus Morris, Archer versus Winters, and Pagulayan versus Putnam.
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