Asbaty said the experience in 2007, when she lost as the Queens top seed, helped lead her to the moment she experienced Tuesday.
"If I could take what happened in 2007 and change it, I still wouldn't do it," said Asbaty, who was the No. 3 seed in Tuesday's finals and picked up $20,000 for the win. "That moment and that heartbreak made this win possible."
Dorin-Ballard, who earned $10,000 for finishing second, got at least nine pins down on every ball in the title match and struck seven times, but a 7 pin in the ninth and a 10 pin in the final frame opened the door for Asbaty, who tossed the final six strikes.
"Am I disappointed, absolutely, but I put the ball in the pocket and you can't control what happens sometimes," said Dorin-Ballard, who won the Queens in 2001. "Now it's time to work a little harder and get ready for the U.S. Women's Open in June."
In the semifinal, Asbaty took down second seed Stefanie Nation of Grand Prairie, Texas, 270-185. Asbaty closed with nine straight strikes as Nation failed to gain any traction in the match.
Asbaty moved on in the night's second match by defeating Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., 233-191. Asbaty opened with four consecutive strikes and led by more than 20 pins the entire game.
In the opening match of the night, Johnson started with a spare and six consecutive strikes as she built a 34-pin lead halfway through the game and went on to defeat Josie Earnest of Nashville, 268-223.
A total of 131 of the top bowlers competed in the Queens, which featured a prize fund of $110,000. For more information on the USBC Queens, visit www.bowl.com/Queens.
Story and photos by Lucas Wiseman, USBC.
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