Fields Tops Field at BAAT stop

(photo: Shelly Harrison, Stephanie Mitchell, Chris Fields)

Fields Tops Field at Wally’s in Lakeland

Chris Fields dominated the 20-player, $400-added tournament held at Wally’s in Lakeland, FL, September 25th. It is her first Tiger Bay Area Amateur Tour (BAAT) win, since joining in July. The win launched her into 10th place overall for the 2010 season! Newcomers Denise Khidirian, Jennifer Masone, Tracey Mullen, and Abby Roche were welcomed, as well as returning player Shelly Harrison. Harrison, who came in 2nd in a 2008 BAAT tournament, secured another 2nd place win!

As the day’s tournament progressed, the 7th/8th place round featured important matches to the players in the tour points race. It pitted Jessica Barnes (3rd overall) against Niki Rasmussen (1st overall), and Rachel Delaney (4th overall) versus Kelly Cavanaugh (2nd overall). The Barnes/Rasmussen match started with Barnes winning the first game of 8-ball. Rasmussen answered with three wins in 8-ball and one win in 9-ball. Rasmussen needed two more wins to take the 6-5 handicapped-format race; but Barnes wouldn’t relent, pressuring Rasmussen by winning the next two games. Rasmussen responded, taking the next two games, and the match, with a score of 6-3.

Meanwhile, Delaney and Cavanaugh were butting heads, with Delaney needing five games to win the match before Cavanaugh took four. Delaney surged ahead, winning the first two games of 8-ball. Cavanaugh won game 3, and the game changed to 9-ball. Delaney showed determination, winning the first game of 9-ball and taking the lead 3-1. Now Cavanaugh took charge, winning the next three games and the match. Barnes and Delaney received prize packages of gifts provided by our sponsors for their 7th place tie.

The next round contenders included Rasmussen versus Sabra MacArthur Beahn, who had just been sent west by Harrison, and Cavanaugh opposing Fields, who found her way to the one-loss side thanks to Jamie Toennies. In the former match, Rasmussen made short work of Beahn in the 5-5 race with a 5-0 shutout. The Cavanaugh/Fields match began with 8-ball. Fields won game 1, and the players traded games through game 4, which was the first game of 9-ball. At this point, Fields buckled down, winning the next three games, and the match, 5-2. Beahn and Cavanaugh collected $50 for their 5th place finishes.

In the quarter-final match, Rasmussen and Fields vied for the win and the chance to advance in the 6-5 race. The match began with Fields winning the first two games of 8-ball. Rasmussen replied with the next two wins, also in 8-ball. Here, the game changed to 9-ball and, once again, Fields found her rhythm, sweeping the next three games for the 5-2 win. Rasmussen took 4th place and $100.

The semi-final round was a grudge match between Fields and Toennies, as Toennies had delivered Fields to the left side of the chart earlier with a 5-2 win. Fields showed she was ready to play, winning the first two games of 8-ball. Toennies struck back, taking the following game. But Fields was not to be vanquished. The game changed to 9-ball and Fields swung the momentum back her way, snagging the next three games and the match with a score of 5-1. Toennies 3rd place finish earned her $150 for the days efforts.

The stage was set for the final round between Fields and hot seat winner Harrison. Fields jumped out of the starting gate with a break-and-run in the first game of 9-ball. Safety play predominated in games 2 and 3, with Harrison winning game 2 and Fields game 3. In the fourth game, Fields broke with no results. Harrison profited with a run-out that included a well-executed thin cut on the 6. Game 5 went multiple innings, with Fields claiming success. In game 6, swapped shots and misses ended with Harrison missing the 9-ball and Fields sinking it, reaching the hill. The game was now 8-ball. Fields broke, made nothing, and Harrison ran out. The following game was another safety battle, culminating with Fields scratching on the ball before the 8 and Harrison capitalizing, making the match hill-hill. In the final game, Harrison broke and nothing fell. Fields seized the opportunity, running her group, pocketing the 8 for the win, and forcing the second set!

Match 2 of the finals started with Harrison making nothing on the break in 8-ball. Fields dropped all of her group but missed the 8. After two innings of shots and misses, Harrison missed a bank on the ball before the 8 and Fields prevailed. Game 2 featured several safeties that ended with Harrison banking the 4 and scratching. Fields sunk the 10 and the 8 for the win. In game 3, Fields broke and pocketed all of her group but missed the 8. Harrison made 3 balls and missed, leaving the easy 8-ball for Fields. With the game changed to 9-ball and Fields ahead 3-0, Harrison took advantage of Fields’ miss in the second inning, running the last six balls and getting on the board. Harrison’s rally was short-lived, however, as she scratched on the break in the next game. Fields made a long 1-9 combo to win and reach the hill. The sixth game went several innings, ending with Fields uncharacteristically hanging the 9 for Harrison to pocket. Harrison broke in game 7 with nothing pocketed. Fields’ 6-ball run included an impressive draw shot on the 3 for shape on the 4, finishing with a safe. Harrison was trying to stay alive and made a good hit, but she left the 7 ball open. Fields pocketed the remaining three balls for the 5-2 win. Fields received $300 for her first BAAT win, and Harrison collected $225 for 2nd place. Nice playing, ladies!

Thanks to Ed Khidirian, owner of Wally’s, and his staff members, for providing a great location for the tournament. Thanks also to our sponsors, including Tiger Products, Lucasi Hybrid, Sterling Gaming, Ozone Billiards, Ray Martin, Nick Varner, Strokeitwear.com, Robertson Billiard Supplies, Tweeten Fiber, Billiard Scoop, and Sports Rock, for making it possible for BAAT to give gifts to players, fans, and room owners.

1st Chris Fields $300
2nd Shelly Harrison $225
3rd Jamie Toennies $125
4th Niki Rasmussen $100
5th-6th Sabra MacArthur Beahn $ 50
Kelly Cavanaugh $ 50
7th-8th Jessica Barnes Prizes
Rachel Delaney Prizes

For tour and schedule information, go to the BAAT Tour website at HYPERLINK “http://www.BAATtour.com” www.BAATtour.com, or contact Stephanie Mitchell at (813) 833-8707 or Sabra Beahn at (727) 480-2250.

Caso Repeats at Stix Billiards in Palm Harbor

(photo: Kim Caso)

Kim Caso has the distinction of being the first repeat winner in 2010 for the Tiger Bay Area Amateur Tour (BAAT) by topping the record-breaking field of 30 players on May 22nd. The $500-added handicapped tournament was held at Stix Billiards in Palm Harbor, FL, and several newcomers were welcomed to the tour.

Tied for 9th place and receiving prize bags with gifts from sponsors were Bettina Chase, Keva Hevener, Margie Soash, and Sabra MacArthur Beahn.

Of the several tour newcomers, Virginia Billie made the money by coming in 7th. Following a first round loss to Jessica Barnes, Billie battled her way through several matches including two shutouts before succumbing once again to Barnes. Tying with Billie was Sis Tarver who has played in several BAAT tournaments, having joined the tour shortly after it’s inception in 2008. Both received $50 for 7th place.

Runner up Deanna Foster

Kelly Cavanaugh’s 5th place finish was hard-fought, having lost her second round match hill-hill to Barnes, then going to the hill two more times over the next several matches, with the third hill match ending in a loss to Niki Rasmussen. Cavanaugh has been a force to reckon with this year as she has had two 2nd place finishes! In a tie for 5th was Rachel Delaney, who has also made her mark by winning her first BAAT tournament as a newcomer in January. Cavanaugh and Delaney took home $75 for their efforts.

Squaring off in the quarter-final match were Rasmussen and Barnes. Rasmussen always proves to be a formidable opponent, having won three BAAT tournaments during the last seven months! Barnes has had her share of success, winning a BAAT tournament earlier this year, and having been the first BAAT champion ever in January of 2008! The fight to advance was a grudge match as Rasmussen had sent Barnes to the one-loss side in the third round. Rasmussen showed early determination by making it to the hill with Barnes needing three more games, but Barnes wouldn’t fold and she won the match. Rasmussen earned $150 for her 4th place finish.

Barnes faced off against Caso in the semi-final match. It had been a long day for both players, and Barnes showed her will to win by striking first blood. The match see-sawed for the next four games, but with Barnes ahead 3-2, Caso kicked into gear and won two more games and the match with a score of 4-3 in the handicapped format. Barnes left the tournament with 3rd place and $200.

Sitting in the hot seat was Deanna Foster, who had prevailed in three hill-hill matches and sent Caso to the one-loss side with a 5-1 score. Both players were ready for battle and were determined to be the next BAAT champion. Foster jumped out of the starting gate by winning the first game of 9-ball. Caso answered with a string of three wins, but Foster wasn’t giving in and she took the final game of 9-ball in the match. Next was 8-ball, and Caso took revenge on Foster by winning the first game of 8-ball and the match with a score of 4-2.

The true double-elimination tournament would see one more round. In the second final round match, Caso was riding the crest, winning the first two games of 9-ball. Foster held on by taking the third game, but Caso was unwavering, winning the last two games of 9-ball and her second BAAT championship! Caso’s 1st place finish earned her $350. Foster took home $275 and was thrilled with 2nd place, her best BAAT finish yet!

Thanks go out to Tom George, owner of Stix Billiards, and his staff members for providing a great location for the tournament. Thanks also to our sponsors, including: Tiger Products, Lucasi Hybrid, Sterling Gaming, Ozone Billiards, Ray Martin, Nick Varner, Strokeitwear.com, Robertson Billiard Supplies, Tweeten Fiber, Billiard Scoop, and Sports Rock for making it possible for BAAT to give gifts to players, fans, and room owners.

1st Kim Caso $350

2nd Deanna Foster $275

3rd Jessica Barnes $200

4th Niki Rasmussen $150

5th-6th Kelly Cavanaugh $  75

Rachel Delaney $  75

7th-8th Sis Tarver $  50

Virginia Billie $  50

9th-12th Keva Hevener Prizes

Bettina Chase Prizes

Margie Soash Prizes

Sabra MacArthur Beahn Prizes

(l tor) Deanna Foster, tour director Stephanie Mitchell, Kim Caso

For tour and schedule information, go to the BAAT Tour website at  HYPERLINK “http://www.BAATtour.com” www.BAATtour.com, or contact Stephanie Mitchell at (813) 833-8707 or Sabra Beahn at (727) 480-2250.