Dukich Kicks Mitchell

Dukich Kicks Mitchell at Stix in St. Pete Beach

(Photo: L-R: Runner-up Stephanie Mitchell and Winner Valerie Dukich)

Valerie Dukich went undefeated to win her first Tiger Bay Area Amateur Tour (BAAT) tournament at Stix Billiards in St. Pete Beach, FL on August 21st. Dukich topped the field of 21 players in the $420-added event.

The tour welcomed newcomer Sandra Titone and welcomed back a few players to the event held at the “room with a view!” Windows at Stix look out over the intercoastal waterway in St. Pete Beach, offering a beautiful respite while waiting for a match. One player commented that she’d been playing pool for many years, but this was the first time she’d seen dolphins from inside a pool room!

The one-loss side final four matches featured Melissa Morlan vs. Kelly Cavanaugh and Chris Fields vs. Tour Director Stephanie Mitchell. Morlan, who had returned to the tour after a several-months break, was fighting her way through the one-loss side following a first round loss to Dukich. Cavanaugh, who has made her mark on the tour this year with two 2nd place finishes, also had been sent west by Dukich. Morlan came out of her corner fighting, and won all three games of 8-ball, one game of 9-ball and reached the hill before allowing Cavanaugh to take a game. Morlan closed the door on Cavanaugh, winning the match 5-1.

Meanwhile, Fields, who joined the tour last month making a statement with her 3rd place finish, was battling against Mitchell. Mitchell was making her way through the one-loss side, overcoming a second round loss to Cavanaugh. Like Morlan, Mitchell came out swinging and won the first three of four 8-ball games, then won two games and reached the hill in 9-ball. Fields won the next game, making the match 5-2. Fields now needed two games to win the match in the handicapped format, but it wasn’t to be. Mitchell finished off the last game, winning the match 6-2 and advancing to the next round. For their 7th place finishes, Cavanaugh and Fields won prize packages of gifts generously provided by our sponsors.

In the next one-loss round, Morlan matched up against Lana Loomis, who had arrived on the one-loss side, thanks to a defeat by Sabra MacArthur Beahn. The opponents traded groups of three wins, with Morlan taking the first three games of 9-ball, Loomis the next three, then Morlan the third three, which were games of 8-ball. The match was now hill-hill in the 7-4 race with one game of 8-ball left. Loomis sank the final 8-ball, winning the match with a score of 4-6.

The other match of the round was between Mitchell and Christine Brenner, who had also been victimized and sent to the one-loss side by Dukich. The score see-sawed in the 7-4 race. Both players reached the hill before Mitchell fired in the final ball and won the match 7-3. For their 5th place finishes, Morlan and Brenner took home $60.

The quarter-final match featured Loomis and Mitchell. Mitchell kicked into gear, winning four games of 8-ball, then three games of 9-ball, and reached the hill. Loomis won the next game and was launching a comeback, needing three more games. But Mitchell was on a roll and foiled her attempts, winning the final game and the match with a score of 8-1. Loomis claimed $100 for 4th place.

Congratulations to Brenner (5th) and Loomis (4th)! Each has played in several BAAT tournaments, including the first one ever held in January 2008. They both have previous best finishes of 9th place and both finished in the money today for the first time!

The semi-final match featured Mitchell and Beahn, who was sent left on the chart with a 5-2 defeat by Dukich. Beahn started off the match by winning the first game of 9-ball. That would be the last time she saw daylight, as Mitchell delivered her a 5-1 blow. Beahn ended up with 3rd place and $150.

Dukich was sitting in the hot seat waiting for Mitchell. The match started with 9-ball. The first game went back and forth with Dukich prevailing. In the second game, Dukich broke, made nothing, Mitchell missed the 1, and Dukich ran out. Game three featured easy shots missed by both players, with Mitchell winning the game. Mitchell now needed to win five games before Dukich won three. Games four and five again went back and forth, but Mitchell missed the 9-ball each time and Dukich won both, reaching the hill. She broke, made a ball and missed the 1. Following safety play and two more innings, Mitchell ran out from the 3. The score was now 4-2 Dukich, and the game changed to 8-ball. The players traded misses. Then, when it looked like Mitchell would win the game, she scratched on the ball before the 8, leaving Dukich with one ball and the 8-ball to pocket for the win and the match. Dukich was thrilled with her win, taking home $325 for 1st place. Mitchell’s runner- up finish earned her $225.

Thanks to Charlie, 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 Valerie Dukich $325

2nd Stephanie Mitchell $225

3rd Sabra MacArthur Beahn $150

4th Lana Loomis $100

5th-6th Christine Brenner $  60

Melissa Morlan $  60

7th-8th Kelly Cavanaugh Prizes

Chris Fields Prizes

For tour and schedule information, go to the BAAT Tour website at 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.