Ashcraft Breaks Glass City Open
Glass City Bar Table Open / Toledo, OH
Michigan’s Brandon Ashcraft outlasted 33 players from around the Midwest to win the Glass City Bar Table Open at Rack Time Billiards and Bar, besting Derek Pogirski in the finals for the title. Held March 24-25, room owners Jim and Diane Herzig hosted this event, which was a double-elimination race to 9 on the winners’ side and a race to 7 on the one-loss side.Pogirski emerged victorious on the winners’ side, defeating Adam Shrivey, Kevin England, Bob Diebold, Aaron Toth, and Steve Warwick. Meanwhile, after a second-round defeat by Adam Smith, Ashcraft then won seven consecutive matches on the one-loss side. He bested Craig Foltz, Craig McPartlin, Bob Diebold, Ronnie Wiseman, Smith, Gary Abood, and Steve Warwick to face Pogirski in the single race-to-13 finals.
The match was close for the first seven games, with both players crushing the break. Ashcraft’s success pocketing balls on the break, though, made a huge difference in the match, while Pogirski came up dry on nearly every break. Although Ashcraft missed a few balls, opening the door for a comeback, Pogirski was unable to gain momentum, allowing Ashcraft to claim the title 13-6.
1st Brandon Ashcraft $2,150
2nd Derek Pogirski $1,160
3rd Steve Warwick $660
4th Gary Abood $435
5th Aaron Toth $175
7th Ronnie Wiseman $55