Rain forced us indoors last night, with The Brook as welcoming hosts for WCCC Wednesday Night, presented by Route 1 Vapors. and we had quite the interesting night of cornhole.
Only one of the top 4 seeds made the semifinals, and none made the podium. Scott Pelletier teamed with Kelsy LaRose, making her 2023 WCCC debut, to take on Phil Jackson & Mindy Sponagle.
Game 1 opened early in Jackson & Sponagle’s favor, as they led twice by 2, at 2-0 and 3-1 after four rounds. Pelletier then went on an absolute tear, with a 3 that started an 8-0 run over the next five rounds that gave Pelletier & LaRose the lead 11-3 after nine rounds. However, Jackson & Sponagle withstood that blow and a three, two washes, and a single made it 11-7 for the reverse Slurpee. Pelletier continued his reign of terror to the dismay of the opposition, his single and a LaRose 4 a prelude to the knockout blow, a fourbagger for 8 that gave them a 24-7 win after 15 rounds. Pelletier scored in five of his last six rounds for a total of 17 points – an unstoppable tidal wave.
Game 2 opened even more brightly than Game 1 did for Jackson & Sponagle, with a wash and a pair of deuces seeing them jump out to a 4-0 lead. Pelletier, however, reached that level he has that very few can match, sinking 10 of his next 12 bags to turn that 4-0 deficit to a 17-4 lead after eight rounds. Jackson & Sponagle were game opponents, scoring 4 points over the next three rounds to reduce their deficit to 17-8 and stem the tide. It was just a finger in the dike, however, as Pelletier fired a deuce before LaRose clinched the title with a deuce of her own to complete the sweep by a score of 21-8.
The third place game was a slugfest, with top seeded Rich Bushway & Mark Tashjian squaring off with Mike McNamara Sr and Doco Davis. A game of wild swings saw Davis grab a single to start before a deuce from Bushway gave them an early 2-1 lead. A fourbagger wash was an omen of things to come, as Bushway struck with a 5 only to see Davis roar back with an 8 to see his side take a 9-7 lead after five action-packed rounds. The haymakers kept coming, as Bushway fired immediately back with a snowman of his own to take a 15-9 lead. Davis, undeterred, smashed right back with a 5 to make it 15-14. Bushway kept rolling, a 4 pushing them to a 19-14 lead. A pair of washes, including a gutsy one by McNamara to halt Bushway in his tracks, preceded a 6 by Davis to make it 20-19 in favor of McNamara and Davis. McNamara, who had been outscored 19-0 to that point, then hit the jackpot with a 7 to finish off the brawl for a 27-19 victory and the final podiun spot.
Scott Pelletier’s 8.84 PPR was not only good enough for the gold, it was the best on this night. John Mahoney was next with an 8.61, and two-time WCCC Player of the Month Chris Cole followed with an 8.16. Pelletier’s 8.84 was fueled by a night-leading 12 fourbaggers.
Airmail made its way up to $1838, for $459 a bag, and John Mahoney found himself the first to toe the line three times in 2023. 4 close bags, including the final one that seemed to hover over the hole, but none hitting means the entire $1838 rolls over.
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