June 12, 2008 19:00
Tom Baker won a dramatic losers bracket final match against Ross Packard to advance to the championship match against Ken Parks at the USBC Senior Masters at Golden Pin Lanes in Tucson.
Baker defeated Packard 616-614 in the losers bracket final. Packard opened in the 10th frame of the last game and Baker struck out in the 10th for the two-pin victory.
Baker will be trying for a record third Senior Masters title but will have to beat winners bracket finalist Parks twice to accomplish the feat.
Earlier, second-year PBA Senior Tour player Parks of Hammond, Ind., handed Baker his first loss in a winners bracket match, 664-568.
At 6 feet 8 inches, Parks, a pro shop operator, is the tallest player on the Senior Tour. He joined the tour mid-season in 2007.
The winner takes home the $16,000 first prize and second earns $8,000.
The championship match is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. (Pacific time).
LOSERS BRACKET ROUND 6
(Losers eliminated finishing 9-12th, earning $1,825)
Rod Tramp, Porterville, Calif. def. Ron Mohr, Eagle River, Alaska, 644-584
Dave Soutar, Bradenton, Fla. def. Johnny Petraglia, Manapalan, N.J., 605-551
Terry Leong, Henderson, Nev. def. Wayne Webb, Sacramento, Calif., 554-544
Joe Vito, San Antonio, Texas def. Jerry Swank, Chouteau, Okla., 574-500
LOSERS BRACKET ROUND 7
(Losers eliminated finishing 7th-8th, earning $2,500)
Soutar def. Leong, 579-540
Tramp def. Vito, 590-536
WINNERS BRACKET ROUND 4
(Losers move into losers bracket)
Baker def. Packard, 664-578
Parks def. Mazzanti, 625-594
LOSERS BRACKET ROUND 8
(Losers eliminated finishing 5th and 6th earning $3,000)
Packard def. Tramp, 667-525
Soutar def. Mazzanti, 628-563
LOSERS BRACKET ROUND 9
(Soutar finishes 4th earning $4,000)
Packard def. Soutar, 670-621
WINNERS BRACKET ROUND 5
(Loser moves into final losers bracket match)
Parks def. Baker, 664-568
LOSERS BRACKET FINAL MATCH
(Packard finishes third and earns $6,000)
Baker def. Packard, 616-614
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