Shamrock Shootout Results
Washington, Mo. March 19, 2018- The “Windy City” provided the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) with another new champion this past weekend at the 2018 Shamrock Shootout, provided by KWM Gutterman. The Glass Court Swim & Fitness Club hosted the Tier 1 event and there was some “March Madness” in the air over the weekend.
Andree Parrilla, from San Luis Potosi, Mexico defeated David “Bobby” Horn, from Stockton, California by scores of 15-1, 15-9 to take home the glory. This was both Parrilla’s and Horn’s first Tier 1 finals on Tour this season, but Parrilla is familiar with the finals atmosphere at the Shamrock Shootout event. In last year’s final, Parrilla lost to Kane Waselenchuk, from Austin, Texas in the old IRT format by scores of 11-1, 11-4, 12-10.
Parrilla had a tough road to get to the finals, as he took down the #1 ranked player in the world, Rocky Carson, from Ladera Ranch, California in the quarterfinals. Parrilla then defeated the #6 ranked player in the world, Samuel Murray, from Baie-Comeau, Quebec in the semifinals before meeting Horn for the gold in the finals. Parrilla played in two three-game tiebreakers where he defeated Carson by scores of 15-12,14-15, 11-8 and followed it up with a victory over Murray by scores of 15-8, 11-15, 11-2.
Horn also had a difficult path to reach the finals, having to beat the #4 ranked player in the world, Alvaro Beltran from Tijuana, Mexico in a three-game tiebreaker by scores of 15-3, 6-15, 11-10 in the quarterfinals. Horn then faced off and upset the #3 ranked player in the world, Daniel De La Rosa, from Gilbert, Arizona in the semifinals by scores of 15-9, 15-8.
The hometown hero Ben Croft, from Lake Bluff, Illinois proved he can still compete with the full-time pros, as he made it through to the quarterfinals before getting knocked off by De La Rosa by scores of 14-15, 15-14, 11-5. Croft hasn’t competed in a Tier 1 pro singles event in over three years and showed a lot of promise in his performance over the weekend.
The Tour will be in Cincinnati, Ohio for it’s next Tier 1 stop in the 2017-2018 season for the 2018 Mercedes Benz of Ft. Mitchell: Raising Some Racquets for Kids.
Head Staff Writer
Kelly R. Diesel