enemy in sight

Updated Nov. 16, 2015

2015 WBC Report

2016 Status: pending 2016 GM commitment

Steven Sabatino, PA

2015 Champion

Event History

1991 Winston Forrest 17
1992 John Kilbride 32
1993 Fred Gosnell 38
1994 Larry York 37
1995 Phil Thomas 49
1996 Fred Gosnell 36
1997 Tim Evinger 64
1998 Winston Forrest 59
1999 Gordon Rodgers 42
2000 Gordon Rodgers 42
2001 Thomas Wojke 55
2002 Michael Sincavage 42
2003 Matt Evinger 50
2004 Bill Peeck 30
2005 Wade Fowble 31
2006 Evan Hitchings 28
2007 Matt Evinger 32
2008 Robert Eastman 46
2009 Matthew Bacho 42
2010 Tim Hitchings 38
2011 Scott Driessen 45
2012 Tim Hitchings 33
2013 David Cross 39
2014 Rob Kilory 37
2015 Steven Sabatino 35

Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Gordon Rodgers     PA    13     96
  2.  Matt Evinger       PA    12     78
  3.  Bill Peeck         NY    15     71
  4.  Rob Kilroy         PA    14     66
  5.  Tim Hitchings      DE    12     63
  6.  Evan Hitchings     DE    15     50
  7.  Mike Sincavage     VA    02     48
  8.  Blair Morgen       NJ    11     36
  9.  Mike Mitchell      GA    04     36
 10.  Robert Eastman     NV    08     33
 11.  Steven Sabatino    PA    15     30
 12.  David Cross        NC    13     30
 13.  Scott Driessen     MD    11     30
 14.  Matthew Bacho      MD    09     30
 15.  Tom Wojke          PA    01     30
 16.  William Kendrick   uk    15     27
 17.  David Brooks       TN    13     27
 18.  Bill Alderman      VA    10     27
 19.  Alan Arvold        IL    04     27
 20.  Bill Powers        VA    12     25
 21.  Jon Izer           MD    11     24
 22.  Pat Mirk           FL    11     24
 23.  Tim Evinger        PA    15     21
 24.  Larry York         CA    15     21
 25.  Joe Burch          MD    14     21
 26.  Kevin Coombs       GA    08     21
 27.  Wade Fowble        MD    05     20
 28.  Dale Long          NJ    12     18
 29.  John Elliott       MD    08     18
 30.  Neal Schlaffer     MD    99     18
 31.  Stephen Squibb     PA    14     15
 32.  Mike Dwyer         FL    14     12
 33.  Michael Wojke      PA    13     12
 34.  Michael Ussery     MD    09     12
 35.  Bill Place         PA    05     12
 36.  Dave Long          NC    04     12
 37.  Jon Lockwood       VA    03     12
 38.  Forrest Speck      MD    03     12
 39.  Nick Evinger       PA    02     12
 40.  Mike Windle        DE    11     11
 41.  Dan Gavrilovic     on    09      9
 42.  John Speck         MD    07      9
 43.  Robert Kirchner    MA    01      9
 44.  Bill Burch         MD    06      8
 45.  Ben Knight         MD    05      8
 46.  Mike Cannon        MD    07      6
 47.  Beth Zhao          VA    03      6
 48.  Rob Navolis        OH    00      6
 49.  Steve Scott        CA    99      6
 50.  Jim Mehl           VA    06      4
 51.  Paul Weintraub     MD    13      3
 52.  Nick Paciorek      DE    10      3
 53.  James Pei          TX    02      3
 54.  Randall MacInnis   NJ    01      3
 55.  Todd Surgoine      OH    00      3
2015 Laurelists Returning Laurelists: 2

William Kendrick, uk
2nd

Tim Evinger, PA
3rd

Larry York, CA
4th

Bill Peeck, NY
5th

Evan Hitchings. DE
6th

Past Winners

John Kilbride, PA
1992

Fred Gosnell, VA
1993, 1996

Larry York, CA
1994

Tim Evinger, PA
1997

Gordon Rodgers,PA
1999-2000

Thomas Wojke, PA
2001

Mike Sincavage,VA
2002

Matt Evinger, PA
2003, 2007

Bill Peeck, NY
2004

Wade Fowble, MD
2005

Evan Htchings, DE
2006

Robert Eastman, NV
2008

Matthew Bacho, MD
2009

Tim Hitchings, DE
2010, 2012

Scott Driessen, MD
2011

Dave Cross, VA
2013

Rob Kilroy, PA
2014

Steven Sabatino, PA
2015

Alan Arnold and Michael Ussery
await boarding parties as each tries
to win their first title in an event
sporting 17 different champions.

Gordon Rodgers tries to recapture
past glory in an event he won
back-to-back 15 years ago,
but Randall MacInnis bars the way.

Six Rounds to Glory ...

There was some concern whether a Monday heat would affect attendance. Happily, we actually gained a player over the previous year’s first heat so all was well. Each heat drew enough players to man three or four tables. Also encouraging was the eclectic mix of 'old salts', regular crew and new, younger players.

The Sunday afternoon Final was again the last event underway as the Host rapidly shed gamers for the last time. Eight of the ten qualifiers were on hand so it was apt to be a long game. Little did we know, just how long. The first hand was noteworthy for shutting down former champs Tim Evinger and Evan Hitchings. Everyone else scored about 30, so there was no breakaway leader. Only six sunk ships were sunk and a single prize returned to port.

The second hand started to show increased signs of caution. This time it was Steven Sabatino and Rex Martin who failed to score, with the rest tallying ten to 20 points. It was another unremarkable round, with only seven ships sunk and a single prize returned to port. Play was a little quicker then average, but scoring fell well behind the average of 30 points per player per hand. Don Greenwood stopped by to check on our progress and after observing a few bloodless turns went off to lunch.

There was little change in the third round with only five ships sunk and two prizes returned to port. Rex again failed to score and was joined by Bill Peeck and Larry York who also failed to add to their ledger. In a typical game after three rounds the AVERAGE score is between 85 and 90 points, but in this match the HIGH SCORE is William Kendrick's 61 and the average is 46.5.

The action picked up in the fourth round, with William and Bill attracting serious attention. But, even with seven sunk ships and five prizes returned to port, no one scored enough to take the game. Now Evan was in the lead with 91 and the average score had improved to 68.

On the battle raged to a rare fifth round, the caution continued, with six sunk and two prizes taken. The action was so intense, Don Greenwood took a nap at the next table awaiting the outcome of the last event to finish at WBC 2015. He would be disappointed yet again. Steven took the lead with 98, two points shy of victory, stalked by Tim and Bill, both with 95. Now the average score is 86. But we forged on to an UNHEARD OF sixth round.

Finally, after four hours, the gods smiled on us and with six ships sunk and four prizes returned to port, enough points were scored to 'end the pain and suffering.' In fact four players passed the required 100-point threshold of victory and the remainder all had 89 or more. But it was Steven Sabatino who would take home his second WBC title.

Nathan Peterson trades broadsides with 2007 champ Tim Evinger and 2012 champ Tim Hitchings.
GM Matt Evinger [3rd Year] NA
mattevinger@yahoo.com NA

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