Week 4 is in the books – congrats to Mike Myers who rolled an 802 the first shift to take over High Series. Mike defeated Colton Hedrick who rolled a nice 730 and lost his match and was bumped from the tournament – great bowling – just an unlucky draw for Hedrick. Mike then bowled Andy Ehrlich who beat Mike with an 802 series to knock Mike out of the tournament and tie his High Series for the Tournament. Andy then found himself on the losing end of his match with Kyle Wiest and because it was a losers bracket match he also got bumped out. Great bowling guys! But its HELL Week and you gotta survive the night to cash.
Ben Cottrell vs Kenny Slaght
Lanes 9&10 – a Losers bracket match so you gotta win to bowl on. Cottrell starts us out with a10 pin spare, double, 5 count wash out and gets 2, 5 bagger, 2 pin spare and leaves the 10 for a nice 227. Game two he goes strike spare through the first 6 frames, leaving a 9 pin, 10 pin and the bucket, He leaves the 4 pin and spares the 7th, covers the 10 in the 8th and then doubles and covers the 2-4-8 for a 209 game and 432 after two. Slaght goes double 7 pin spare, turkey, 8 pin spare, 3-6-7 split and gets 2, turkey and 7 pin for a 233 and a 6 pin lead after 1 game, Game 2 he covers the 7, strikes, 6-7 split for an open, 2-4-7 and spares, 7 pin spare, 3-4-6-7 split and spares, strike, 7 pin spare, strike, 7 pin spare and 9 more for 182 and 415 after 2. Cottrell has a 17 pin lead and starts us off with a strike, Slaght covers the 6 pin, then goes high and leaves the 4 and spares, Cottrell carries a strike for a double, then leaves a 10 pin and spares, Slaght leaves and 8 pin and spares then strikes, Cottrell misses the head pin and leaves the 1-2-4-8 and gets 3, then strikes, Slaght tacks on 2 more strikes, Cottrell strikes then leaves the 6 count bucket and spares, Slaght strikes 2 more times and takes the lead, Cottrell sticks a 10 pin and spares, then strikes, Slaght leaves the 2-4-6-7 split and picks it up then strikes in the 10th then leaves an 8 pin and spares for 234 and 649. Cottrell needs 2 in the 10th to win, he gets the first one then leaves the 2 pin and spares for a 208 and 640 series and 9 pin short. Slaght comes from behind to get the win and the chance to bowl on. Cottrell has a nice tournament but exits before he can get a check. Slaght goes on to defeat Zach Althaus and then Jim Leach to make the money round – Great job surviving Hell Week!
Andrew Sanders vs Kyle Wiest
Same Shift – 6 pm same pair. Sanders starts with a 4 bagger, 4-9 split for an open, 4 pin spare, double, 4 pin spare, turkey for 235. Game 2 he rolls a double, 1-2- spare, 6-7 split for an open, 2 pin spare, strike, 3-6 spare, back to back 10 pin spares, strike, 10 pin spare for 193 and 428 after 2. Wiest starts game 1 with a strike, 4 pin spare, turkey, misses the 10 pin, strike, 4 pin spare, 4 bagger to finish with the first one in the tenth a brooklyn for a 227 game. Game 2 he covers the 10 pin, strike, 3-6-9-10 spare, 4-7 spare, gets a messenger to take out the 10 for a strike, misses another 10 pin, strike, covers the 10, then misses another 10 pin in the 9th then doubles and gets 7 for a 181 and 408 after 2 and down 20. Sanders starts game 3 with a 2 pin spare, Wiest doubles, Sanders misses the 10 pin and strikes, Wiest gets 2 more strikes, Sanders tacks on 2 more strikes, Wiest strikes 2 more times, Sanders strikes in the 6th and 7th, Wiest counters in the 7th for a 7 bagger then sticks another 10 pin and covers this one, Sanders strikes in the 8th for a 6 bagger then goes tight and leaves a 4 pin and spares, Wiest doubles in the 9th and 10th and leaves a 3 pin for 268 and 676 and he shuts Sanders out – Sanders covers the 4-7 and the gets 9 for a nice 234 game and 662 series but its not enough – his good run in the tournament is over. Wiest will go on to win out the night defeating Joe Pregler and Andy Ehrlich to make the money rounds and surviving Hell Week.
Terry Cottrell vs Bob Hochrein
This is the last 6 pm match we will review and its on lanes 7&8. Both bowlers start hot in game 1 – rolling 8 strikes each to start the match, both leave the 10 pin – but Hochrein misses his while Cottrell covers his, Cottrell goes strike 10 pins spare, strike to finish with a 259 the first game, Hochrein doubles and then leaves the 7-10 split and gets 1 for a 254 and down 5 pins. Game 2 Cottrell goes strike, 10 pin spare, strike, misses the 10 pin, double, 10 pin spare, then gets a 5 bagger to finish the game with a 227 and 486 after 2. Hochrein goes strike, 2-4-8-10 split for an open getting 2, strike, 10 pin spare, 4 bagger, 2-4-8 spare, 7 pin spare and a strike for 212 and 466 after 2. Cottrell starts game 3 with a 2 pin lead and a strike, Hochrein goes 6 washout and gets 2, then leaves a solid 9 and misses it, Cottrell leaves the 4-6-7 split for an open getting 2, then covers the 10 pin, Hochrein doubles, then Cottrell doubles, Hochrein leaves a 10 pin and spares then strikes, Cottrell leaves the 2-8 and spare then strikes, Hochrein adds on 2 more strikes, Cottrell does the same and will go into the 10th with a turkey, Hochrein strikes in the 9th and gets the first one in the 10th, Cottrell gets the first one in the 10th and when he gets 9 more on the next ball – he shots Hochrein out – who strikes out for 236 and 702, Cottrell finishes with a 225 and a 711 and is in the quarter finals of the Big 10 Winners bracket along with these guys who also won their winners bracket matches – Corey Leach will face Phill Breitbach and Cottrell will face Chris Schultz. This was a great match to watch but someone had to lose… Past Champion Hochrein gets bumped to the losers bracket where he will face Kyle Wiest next week at 7 PM.
Steve Breitbach Jr vs Heath Kohl
We move to 7 pm – lanes 9&10 – winner bowls at 8, loser is done. Breitbach starts us off with a 3-6-7 split for an open and gets 2, 4 bagger, 7 pin spare, strike, 6-10 spare, 4 pin spare, 6-10 spare, strike for 215. Game 2 he starts with an 8 pin spare, back to back 7 pin spares, 5 bagger, 6 pin spare, strike – 7 pin spare in the 10th for 237 for 452 after 2 games. Kohl starts game one with a turkey, 2-5-8 spare, trips a 4 for a strike and tacks on 2 more for a turkey, leaves a solid 9 and spares, 3-6-10 spare, strike, 10 pin spare for a 233 game. Game 2 he starts with a 4 bagger, misses the 10 pin, then picks up back to back 10 pins, strike, then finishes the game with back to back 2-8-10 splits and gets 1 each time for 190 and 423 after two. Game 3 Breitbach starts with a strike and a 29 pin lead, Kohl starts with a double, Breitbach leaves the 6 and spares then strikes, Kohl covers the 5-7 split and strikes, when Breitbach leaves the 4-7-10 and gets none Kohl is about 5 pins behind but leaves the 2-10 on his next shot and gets none, then covers the 10 pin, Breitbach covers the 6 pin and then the 7 pin, Kohl doubles in the 7th and 8th and takes the lead when Breitbach leaves the Big 4 split and gets 2, then strikes, Kohl goes high and leaves the 3-6-7-10 split and gets 3 in the ninth, then leaves a 10 pin the 10th and when Breitbach strikes in the 10th for a double and gets count the match is over. Breitbach’s 172 finish – 624 series is enough to beat out Kohl’s 187 – 610. Big splits are the demise of Kohl trying to make it back to the finals. Breitbach will face Doug Dammann at 8 pm for the right to advance to next week.
Steve Kamentz vs Keith McDermott
This 7 pm match is also on 9&10. Kamentz starts with a 9 pin spare, 6 bagger, misses the 10 pin, doubles and covers the 10 pin in the 11th for 246. Game 2 he leaves a 7 pin and spares, strings 5 strikes in a row, back to back 6-10 spares, double and a 248 spare in the 11th for 243 and a 489 start after two games. McDermott starts his night by tripping the 4 pin for a strike, then tacking on two more for a turkey, 6-10 spare, double, misses the 10 pin, strikes in the 8th and 9th carries a brooklyn in the 10th for a turkey then leaves the 2 pin and spares for 234. Game 2 he starts with a strike, trips the 2-10 out of the rack for a strike and tacks on 2 more strikes for a 4 bagger, leaves a 4 pin and spares, 5 bagger, and finishes with a 4-7-10 split and gets 2 in the 11th for 265 and 499 after 2 games and a 10 pin lead. Kamentz starts game 3 with a strike, McDermott doubles to start game 3, Kamentz leaves the 4-7 and spares then strikes, McDermott strikes then leaves the 9 pin and spares, Kamentz strikes twice more for a turkey, McDermott doubles, Kamentz leaves a washout and picks it up, then leaves the 6-7-10 split for an open, 7 pin spare for McDermott and then covers the 3-6-10,Kamentz strikes in the 8th and 9th, McDermott strikes in the 9th and has the advantage by 23 pins. Kamentz strikes in the 10th, McDermott matches and the match is over – both strike out in the 10th – Kamentz finishes with a 232 game and a nice 721 series, however its not good enough for the win and joins the 700 and lose club – as McDermott’s 245 – 744 finish nets him the win. McDermott faces Kaesbauer in the 8 pm shift but does not fare as well in that match and comes up one match short of the Money rounds. Great match guys!
Steve Breitbach Jr vs Doug Dammann
This is the last match of the night – on lanes 7-8 at 8 pm – you win your in, you lose you come up 1 win short of cashing. Breitbach starts with a 4 bagger, 9 pin spare, 6 pin spare, strike, washout and gets 3 for an open, 1-3-6 spare, then misses the 7 pin for a 204 game. Game 2 is clean going strike, 6 pin spare, strike, 7 pin spare, strike, 7 pin spare, 6 pin spare, strike, 10 pin spare, 7 pin spare and 7 for a 195 game and 399 start after two. Dammann starts with a 4 pin spare, 10 bagger and 9 for a fantastic 289 start, Game 2 is not as great, but he does start with a double, 4-6-7 split and gets 2 for an open, 4 pin spare, 9 pin spare, strike, 4-10 split and gets 1 for an open, strike, 2-8 spare, 10 pin spare and strike for 181 – 100 pins less than the first game but nets 470 between the two games and a 71 pin lead. Breitbach starts with a 2 pin spare, Dammann strikes then leaves the 6-10 and gets none for an open, Breitbach leaves the 2-4 and spares and then strikes, Dammann leaves the 10 pin and spares, then covers the 3-6-10, Breitbach tacks on 2 more strikes, Dammann strikes then leaves a flush 10 and covers it, Breitbach gets 2 more strikes and cuts Dammann’s lead to 16 pins, Dammann doubles to maintain his lead, Breitbach strikes in the 8th and 9th for 7 in a row. Dammann gets his strike in the 9th for a turkey and still has the advantage, Dammann leaves the 4-6-7 split and gets two in the 10th and finishes with a 190. Breitbach needs a strike to win and leaves a 7 pin, he misses it but the match was over when he didn’t carry the strike his near fantastic come from behind win comes up 16 pins short – Dammann on the strength of his first game makes the top 12 with his 190 – 660 finish – congratulations! Breitbach finished strong with a 245 and a 644 series but not being able to double in that 2nd game cost him making the money rounds.
Well week 4 is done – we have 4 bowlers undefeated yet, Corey Leach, Phill Breitbach, Terry Cottrell and Chris Schultz. There are 8 left in the Losers bracket – Kyle Wiest, Bob Hochrein, Dennis Pergande, Brian Breen, Jared Charland, Kenny Slaght, Mike Kaesbauer and Doug Dammann. Good luck to all – next week one of the 4 in the winners bracket will be the champion of the Winners bracket and will be in the finals of the Budweiser Big 10 Championship.
Hope you all had a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!
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