Jones Versus Klatt in Ultimate 10-Ball Hot Seat Match
Ultimate 10-Ball Championships / Frisco, TX
The men’s division at the Ultimate 10-Ball Championships was winnowed down to six players from twelve in the morning and early afternoon rounds, with local favorite Jeremy “Double J” Jones and Canada’s Jason Klatt set to go head to head in the hot seat match.
Kelly Fisher was the first winner in Sunday’s matches with her 7-0 routing of Monica Webb in a match that saw her leave nothing to chance. Webb was relegated to fifth place, tied with Vivian Villareal, who was bested by Line Kjorsvik 7-5.
Oscar Dominguez and Rodney Morris went to double-hill in their match. Dominguez had the upper hand in the final rack and looked to be the winner until he missed the 10 ball. He shouted in surprise, but there was nothing he could do, and Morris ended up moving forward 8-7.
In another match that ended anticlimactically, Darren Appleton and Jason Klatt were vying to advance to the hot seat match. Appleton held an early, small lead, but soon Klatt inched up to go 6-5 up. Appleton had no shot on the 1 ball in the next rack and attempted a jump shot but scratched, and Klatt cleared the table to reach the hill. Klatt came up empty on the break, and it looked as though Appleton would claim that game, but he hit the 9 ball too softly and it came to rest right in front of the side pocket. With two balls remaining, Klatt had little trouble winning 8-5.
Meeting Klatt in the hot seat match will be Jeremy Jones, who survived a hill-hill bout with Mike “The Fireball” Dechaine in the other winners’ side match. Up 7-6 on Dechaine, Jones missed a 1-7 combo and allowed Dechaine to reach the hill alongside him. Dechaine broke and missed the 1 ball, but Jones then missed a tricky 4-8 combo. It looked to be all Dechaine, but then he surprisingly rattled the 7 ball in the pocket, and Jones dished up to win 8-7.
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In the match for seventh place, Morris went up against Jeremy Sossei, who leapt out to a strong 5-2 lead. A safety battle over the 3 ball in the next went to Sossei, and then he reached the hill in the following rack. Morris had a chance in the next rack when Sossei missed the 4 ball, and he took that game to move one closer. After exchanging a couple of innings in the last rack, Sossei rattled the 5 ball. The 9 ball was between the cue and the 5 ball, and Morris had to massé around it to make the 5. However, the cue followed the 5 in, and Sossei took that opportunity to clear the table 8-3.
In the other men’s division match, Charlie Williams went up against Jonathan Pinegar, who held the lead 4-1 until Williams turned it around and made it 7-6 in his favor. It didn’t take too long for Williams to break and run out the final rack to win 8-6.
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