Grim goes undefeated to win first Tri-State title
Skip Maloney - AzB Staff
Apr. 21, 2017
Kristina Grimm and Raul Calderon
Kristina Grimm and Raul Calderon
Kristina "Reaper" Grim went undefeated, downing Raul Calderon twice (hot seat match and finals), to become another in a long line of players and specifically, women to win their first stop on the Tri-State Tour. Grim joined 55 entrants, who competed in the $1,000-added event, held on Saturday, April 15, and hosted by Steinway Billiards in Astoria (Queens), NY.
Grim got a bit of a break in the winners' side semifinal match, when her opponent, Sherwin Robinson, forfeited. This put her into the hot seat match against Calderon, who'd just defeated Carlos Serrano 7-4. Grim and Calderon battled to double hill before Grim dropped the match's final 9-ball to claim the hot seat.
On the loss side, thanks to Robinson's forfeiture, Thomas Schreiber moved directly from victories over Liam Tully 7-3 and Atif Khan 7-4, into the quarterfinals. He faced Zouraiz Ellhai, who'd survived a double hill fight versus Adrian Daniel and eliminated Erick Carrasco 6-2.
Schreiber jumped over the quarterfinals, as well, when Ellhai forfeited. Without sinking a ball, the double forfeits more than doubled Schreiber's cash payout, from the potential 5th/6th payout of $140 to his eventual $330. Calderon defeated Schreiber 7-4 in the semifinals to earn a second shot against Grim. Grim took their second matchup 7-4 to claim the event title. 
Tour representatives thanked the ownership and staff at Steinway Billiards, as well as sponsors Ozone Billiards, Sterling-Gaming, Kamui Tips, Ron Vitello, Phil Capelle, BlueBook Publishing, Human Kinetics, and Bloodworth Ball Cleaners. The next stop on the Tri-State Tour, scheduled for Saturday, April 22, will be hosted by Shooters Family Billiards in Wayne, NJ.