A gorgeous night of cornhole was had at WCCC Wednesday Night @ The Winner’s Circle, presented by Route 1 Vapors. and we had some topsy turvy results.
On a night that the #1 seed was one and done in the playoffs, we did end up with a #2 vs #4 matchup, with 2nd seeded Rich Bushway & Brandon Duford teaming up to face #4 Steve Marshall & Steve Singlar.
Game 1 looked like a laugher right from the rip, as Bushway hit lucky 7 to open the match. Marshall responded immediately, though; a 5 the start of four straight scoring rounds that saw the Steves take a 10-7 lead after five rounds. A 10 point wash was followed by a Singlar single, and following another wash Bushway got a deuce and Duford a 4 to take a 13-11 lead after ten. What followed from there was a no-holds barred dirty back alley brawl, as a Singlar 3 was followed by three straight washes. Another Singlar single made it 15-13, and when it looked like the Steves were ready to pull away, Duford fired a three to give his side a 16-15 lead, then Bushway Hulked up and laid a 9-1 round on Singlar to close out Game 1 by a score of 24-15.
Game 2 picked right up where Game 1 left off, with fourbaggers from both Bushway and Duford resulting in a 5 for Bushway and a tough wash for Duford. Bushway & Singlar exchanged singles, then Bushway & Duford went on a tear, scoring in five of the next six rounds to build an 18-1 lead after ten rounds. On the verge of being obliterated, Marshall fought back with a 5 and Singlar with a 3 to tighten things up to 18-9. A wash set up the night’s final act, Duford getting his side over the line with a 3, ending a 21-9 affair after fourteen rounds and completing the sweep.
The third place game saw the ultimate Cinderellas, as 16th seeded Dominic Lander & Mike Pigatti pulled two upsets before falling in a close game to the Steves. This earned them a spot in the third place game opposite John Mahoney & WCCC newcomer Joe Hanton. This was also a game of major momentum shifts, as Mahoney & Hanton flew out to a 10-1 lead after four rounds. Lander & Pigatti would prove to be tough outs again, however, as they ground out 7 of the next 9 points to pull things back to a 12-8 deficit after ten rounds. A Mahoney fourbagger grabbed the initiative right back to make it 17-8, but Lander roared back with a 4 to make it 17-12. A 3 from Mahoney put his side on the brink at 20-12, only to see Lander yet again post another 4 to put the outcome in doubt at 20-16. Mahoney finally got his team through the tape just in time, a deuce ending a 22-16 victory that saw them claim the final podium spot.
Greg Prescott & Tom O’Hara defeated Sean McKinnon & Todd Rabeau via 21-0 shutout to claim the Consolation Tier title.
The top PPRs didn’t automatically translate to success, as Brian Johnson led the way with an 8.16 and Scott Pelletier followed with a 7.89 but neither were able to make the semifinals. Rich Bushway took gold in the tournament and third in PPR with a 7.81. Bushway also paced the field with 9 fourbaggers.
Tom O’Hara also became the first person to be drawn for a third time this year for airmail, which grew to $2053, for $513 a bag. His highly developed SPR did not help him in this endeavor, however, and the entire pot rolls over to next week.
Finally, Corey Rabeau was judged best dressed for our summer/beach theme night and won 20 airmail tickets.
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We’ll see you next week!