Tom Baker didn't come home with a victory, but he can console himself with a $20,000 paycheck.
Baker, the Buffalonian and PBA Hall of Famer, reached the final match of the Denny's PBA Tour Keystone State Championship on Sunday, then came up short against Patrick Allen. Allen, the defending PBA Player of the Year from Tarrytown, defeated Baker, 247-218, for his sixth career tour title.
Allen jumped to an early lead with strikes on his first five shots while Baker was forced to convert three spares over the same span.
"I wanted to get out as fast as I could, and fortunately I kept the clamp down," said Allen, who won $40,000.
Baker, 51, tried to put pressure on Allen with strikes in the seventh and eighth frames, but the left-hander matched him both times.
Baker defeated Mike Scroggins, 225-188, in their semifinal match. Baker managed six spares and six strikes while Scroggins opened three times through the first six frames.
Allen defeated Mika Koivuniemi, 226-200, in the semifinals to advance to his 10th career title match in 15 championship round appearances. With the match tied through four frames, Koivuniemi failed to strike in frames 5-9, while Allen had two strikes and three spares.