Ellerby wins at Pretzel City Classic

Sarah Ellerby
A field of 42 women came together to compete in NEWT’s first tour stop at Susie Cue Billiards in Reading PA. Room owners Rich Sluzalis and Cindy Dejoseph welcomed back the ladies for the Second Annual Pretzel City Classic with $1000 added to the prize fund.
The final eight returned on Sunday to compete for the Valley Forge qualifier. The hot seat was won by Linda Shea who capitalized on an untimely scratch by Karen Armstrong on the eight ball in a hill-hill match. Linda had previous match wins over Tatasciore, Hunsaker, Bernier, and Weis. Karen then lost to Sarah Ellerby 7-2 to finish third. Sarah overcame a first round loss to Doreen Verna to march through the 1-loss side with wins over Miller, Turrin, O’Hanlon, Schwartzreich, Bernier, Stutz, Stock, and Kuczma.
The finals were a single race to 9. Sarah and Linda traded the first 6 racks, then Linda broke free and ran up two racks for a 5-3 score. Sarah then won the next match to inch closer at 5-4 and the match turned decidedly defensive. Linda again claimed a 2-game lead, but Sarah refused to give up and tied Linda at 6-6. Sarah then went 1-up on Linda and lead 7-6. But in the next rack Sarah jawed the 9 to let Linda to tie at 7-7. Now faced with a race to two, play jockeyed back and forth. Sarah’s determination won out and she won the match, 9-7.
The NorthEastern Women’s Tour would like to thank Rich and Cindy for a great tournament. We also thank Scott and Jerry of Pechauer Cues for their continued sponsorship. Rich and Cindy received a Pechauer PR-17 cue from Scott and Jerry for hosting us.