If you are in the Losers bracket – it is Hell week for you – if you survive this week – you are in the money! There were some great scores 2 – 800s and 2 – 300′s - Ryan Kase started the strike fest – and Luke Althaus rolled his first 300 and 800 – congrats to both!
Shawn Timmerman vs Dennis Pergande
Lane 1 & 2 – this pair seems to show up on the close matches weekly! This is a 6 pm match – Timmerman starts us out with a turkey, 7 pin spare, 2-8 spare, double, 10 pin spare, turkey and 9 for 245. Pergande goes double, 7 pin spare, turkey, 10 pin spare, double, 7 pin spare and a strike for 237 – and just an 8 pin deficit. Pergande starts the 2nd game – turkey, 7 spare, turkey, 7 pin and misses it, 4 bagger for 244. Timmerman goes strike, 10 pin spare, 4 bagger, 9 pin spare, double, 4 pin spare and strike for 238. There are 2 pins separating these guys going into the last game. Timmerman starts 10 pin spare and turkey, Pergande double 10 pin spare, strike. Timmerman leaves the 4 pin and spares, Pergande the big 4 split for an open. Timmerman goes high – and leaves the 3-6 and spares, Pergande gets 6 on his next shot and spares, then strikes, Timmerman strikes too. Pergande is down about 24 pins when Timmerman leaves a 10 pin in the 8th frame and misses it. Pergande gets 5 and 3 for an open, then covers the 2-4 in the 9th, after Timmerman strikes in the 9th the match appears to be his…. but he leaves the Greek Church and gets just 2, Pergande can now strike out and win, he gets the first one – but the second shot goes high for a split – and Timmerman wins the match 670-661, and Pergande is out of the tournament. Timmerman will face Jason Lanser at 7 pm.
John Biver vs Rob Runde
Lanes 7 – 8 at 7 pm. The matches from here on out – the winner bowls on – the loser is done. Biver starts this match with a 7 bagger, leaves the 4-7 and misses both, strike, 2-5 and spares and 8 for the fill – 242. Runde 4 pin spare, 6 bagger, 10 pin spare, 9 pin spare, double and 8 for 256 and a 14 pin lead. Next game Runde starts with a turkey, a pair of 9 spares, a turkey with a brooklyn in the middle, 9 pin spare, strike and 3-6 spare for 237. Biver goes strike, 10 pin spare, strike, 2-4-5 spare, and finishes with 8 in a row for 260 and a 9 pin lead over Runde. Last game Biver startes with a double, 7 pin spare, 10 pin spare through 4. Runde goes 6-10 spare, 4 bagger, leaving the 4-7 and spares, Biver doubles in the 5th and 6th and when he leaves the 7 pin and spares and Runde strikes – the edge goes to Runde by 2 pins. Biver strikes in the 8th and 9th, Runde – gets 2 more to make a turkey through 9. Biver must strike out or needs help from Runde, Runde leaves the 10 pin and spares, Biver leaves a 9 pin and the match is over – he finishes with 226 and 728 – but finds himself out of the tournament as Runde’s 247 – 750 come from behind win – also makes Biver a member of the 700 and lose club. Runde moves on to the 8 pm shift – Biver who had a great tournament – is out.
Ben Cottrell vs Todd Latham
Lanes 5 – 6 at 7 PM, Cottrell starts with 2 pin spare, strike, 4 pin spare, 2-4 spare, turkey, 4-7 spare, 10 pin miss, strike spare for 204. Latham starts 4-7 spare, 10 pin spare, double with the 2nd strike a cave-in-high shot. Then gets robbed when he leaves a 9 pin and spares, Washes out and spares, 4-7 spare the turkey and 8-10 split for 219. 2nd game he starts with strike, 2 pin spare, 6 bagger, 7 pin spare and another washout and gets 4 for 233. Cottrell rolls a 6 bagger with a Brooklyn 4 pin spare, 10 pin spare, trips the 9 for a strike, the finishes solidly with 3 strikes in the 10th for 268 and a 20 pin lead. Cottrell goes strike, Latham doubles to start the last game. Cottrell gets up and leaves the 10 and misses it, then strikes, Latham strikes again for a turkey the goes wide and leaves the 1-2-4-7 and spares, Cottrell trips the 4 for a strike for a double, then he leaves the 2-10 and gets none. Latham comes in light for the 2-5 spare, then a 10 pin spare, and Latham has a 10 pin lead . Cottrell leaves an 8 pin and spares, then strikes, Latham leaves the 4 pin and spares, When Cottrell gets 2 more strikes in the 8th and 9th, the match is all square. Latham strikes in the 9th and 10th and 11th and gets 8 for the fill. Cottrell can strike out to win, he comes in light and leaves the 5 and spares, a strike for the fill and Cottrell’s run at the money round is ended… he loses 673 – 683 to Latham who puts together a nice come-from-behind win, and the chance to make the money round if he wins his 8 pm match.
Dale Busch vs Kyle Wiest
Lanes 7 & 8 – 7 pm match, Busch has a slow start – leaves the 3-6-10 and opens, then the 2-4-8 and gets only 2, strike, 10 pin spare, turkey, 2-4-5 spare, double and 10 pin spare for 204. Wiest goes 10 pin spare, strike, 4-9 split for an open, 9 pin spare, 5 bagger and 10 pin spare strike for 227. Up 23 Wiest starts the 2nd game with a 4 pin spare, double, 9 pin spare, turkey, 4 pin spare, double, 10 pin and misses the fill shot for 236. Busch goes strike, 10 pin spare, 4 bagger, 9 pin spare, 3-6 spare, strike, 10 pin spare and strike for 227. Down 32 pins Busch starts the last game with a strike, Wiest gets 2 strikes, Busch rolls a strike and 9 pin spare, Wiest gets 2 more strikes, Busch rolls 2 strikes, Wiest leaves the 10 pin moving it off spot and misses it, then leaves the 3-6 and chops it, when Busch rolls 2 more strikes he now has the lead. Wiest leaves the 2 pin and spares then strikes. Busch leaves a 4 pin and spares, then strikes. Wiest leaves the 10 pin and spares then gets double 9 for 217 and 678. Busch needs the first strike for the win and leaves the 8 pin – spares and gets 9 on the fill for 237 and 668. Busch who has his best tournament falls 1 match short of cashing. Wiest in his first tournament wins another nail biter – and will bowl again at 8 pm, one match from cashing.
Todd Latham vs Benji Meyer
Lanes 9 – 10 at 8 pm – both bowlers are one match from cashing – as a matter of fact all 4 – 8 pm matches are being highlighted because they were either close or a come from behind win. In this match Latham shows he wants to win – going 6 bagger, 9 pin spare, double, 9 spare and strike for 258. Meyer takes a different route to the same game – turkey, 7 pin spare, turkey, 10 pin spare, then strikes out. All square after the first game – Meyer starts with a strike, 6 pin spare, strike, 2 pin spare, 4-6-7 split for an open, double, 10 pin spare, strike, 10 pin spare, strike, 10 pin spare and strike on the fill for 194. Latham goes 4 bagger, 4 pin spare, double, 2-4-8 and gets only 2 for an open, 9 pin spare, 4 pin spare and 6 for 219 and a 25 pin lead. Latham starts game 3 with a 2-4-8 spare, Meyer goes strike 10 pin spare. Latham strikes, then leaves the 2-5 and spares, Meyer doubles, Latham leaves the 2-7-8 split and spares, then leaves the 3-6-10 and gets only 2. Meyer strikes and leaves the 10 pin and takes the lead. Latham then leaves the 6-10 and gets only one and then leaves the 10 and misses it, Meyer doubles and the match is over – Latham finishes the game with a 142 and 619 series exits the tournament one win short of cashing. Meyer has a great-come-from-behind win – being down 25 and winning comfortably 671 – 619. Makes the money round.
Jason Lanser vs Rob Runde
Lanes 3 & 4 – the survivor of this ugly match – will cash. Lanser starts with a split and gets 2 for an open, double, 7 spare, strike, 7 and gets 1, strike, 2 pin spare, double and 8 and 1 for 188. Runde does a little better, going 6 pin spare, 8 spare, double, 10 pin spare, 10 pin miss, 8 spare, 7 pin spare, double and 8 spare for 202. The 2nd game Runde goes strike, 8 miss, 8 split miss, double, 8 miss again, 4 bagger and 8 spare for 196. Lanser goes strike, 7 and 2, 6 split and 3, 10 pin miss, 2 pin spare, turkey, 2 pin spare, 4 pin spare, strike for 184. Down 26 going into the last game Lanser starts with a strike, Runde goes 8 split 1, then 3 pin spare, Lanser strikes again for a double, then picks up a split, Runde goes 8 spare strike, Lanser strikes and the match is tight, but then goes 5 and 3 in the 5th. Runde goes 4 pin spare, 9 pin spare, Lanser doubles, and when Runde splits for an open, and strikes – the lead shifts to Lanser by a few pins. Lanser goes 8 spare, strike, and now Runde controls the match, he leaves the 4 pin and spare, then finishes with 8 spare, strike for 170. Lanser gets 2 more strikes in the 10 to seal the deal – his 218/590 win over Pergande was an ugly come from behind win (13 total opens in the match) – Runde misses cashing as he is out bowled by Lanser the last game.
Kyle Wiest vs Heath Kohl
Lanes 7&8. Wiest goes high the first ball and leaves the 3-6 and spares, doubles, 10 pin spare, strike, 4 pin spare, back to back 10 pin spares, and finishes with a 4 bagger for 227. Kohl goes strike, 10 pin spare, 2 pin spare, strike, 4 pin spare, strike, 10 pin spare, 3-6-10 spare, 4 pin spare, 8 pin spare and 7 for 191. Down 36 – Kohl goes 10 pin spare, 10 bagger and 9 for 289. Wiest goes turkey, 6-10 miss, 2-8 spare, double, 10 pin spare, turkey and 8 for 231. Down 22 Wiest goes 2 pin spare to start the last game, Kohl does the same, then opens the 2nd with 4-6-7-9 split and gets 3. Wiest doubles, Kohl strikes and then goes 4 pin spare, Wiest gets 2 more strikes for a 4 bagger, Kohl goes strike, 2-5 spare, Wiest leaves an 8 pin and spares, then leaves the 3-4-6-7-10 split and gets 3 and the lead he just got is down to 5 pins. Kohl strikes again on the right lane and goes solid 8 and spares, Wiest leaves a 7 pin and spares, then goes high and leaves the 3-6-10 and spares, Kohl strikes in the 9th and can strike out for the win, but leaves a 10 pin and spares, then gets 9 more. Wiest can win with a 9 spare 9 or better. He goes high and leaves the 6-9-10 and must spare and strike for a tie. He chops the spare and is out of the tournament. Kohl survives Wiest’s attempt at a come-from-behind win and has made it into the money round. Wiest bows out of his first tournament one win short of cashing.
Luke Althaus vs Rick Jacobs
Lanes 5-6 – Althaus who bowled on this pair the previous shift was on fire – rolling his first 300 game and an 804 series with a total of 31 strikes! Not the pair Jacobs wants this match to land on. Luke starts the first game with the front 9 and then leaves the 3-6-10 and only gets 2 for 265 and 40 strikes in his 4 games today. Jacobs goes 10 pin spare, strike, 4-6-7 split for an open, turkey, 8 pin spare, and finishes with a 5 bagger for 237. The 2nd game Jacobs starts with a double, then is light in the pocket and leaves the 8-10 split and opens, a double, 10 pin miss, strike, 6-10 spare, and strikes out for 211. Althaus goes strike, 7 pin spare, double, 4 pin spare, 10 pin spare, 5 bagger and 9 for 247. Up 64 pins Althaus looks like he is going to cruise to an easy win again. He starts with a 2 pin spare, Jacobs trips the 9 for a strike, then comes in light and mixes ‘em up for a strike, Althaus strikes, then leaves the 7 and spares, 2 more solid strikes for Jacobs and Althaus’ lead is cut in half. Althaus leaves another 7 pin and spares, then covers the 10 pin, Jacobs strikes again for a 5 bagger, then comes in light and leaves the 4-7 and spares, Althaus goes high this time for the 3-6 and gets only 1, then trips the 10 for a strike, Jacobs next shot is a trip 10 for a strike too, then a solid strike. Althaus strikes in the 8th and is still in command, but when he leaves the 7 pin in the 9th, he gives Jacobs the edge, and he jumps all over the opening. Striking in the 9th, and needing a double to secure the win – in the 10th and gets it – for a final game of 277, Althaus strikes out for a 204/716 finish and the loss. Jacobs is able to strike his way to the final 12 – it was an amazing match – and Luke Althaus had an amazing night of bowling – it is too bad that it ended with a loss. But congrats to Jacobs for not giving up! Great bowling guys!
Well it is late – there was a lot to report on! There were a lot of fantastic scores. I kept for 2 – 300 games and 2 – 800 series both of which were on 5 & 6! And as you can see there were a LOT of great matches – 8 of the 24 matches were either close or come from behind wins!
Well if you made it this far – you know that everyone left cashes! We have 4 bowlers in the Winners bracket, White, Kase, Kramer, Olberding – 3 of the 4 are past champions. There are 8 left in the Losers bracket – Meyer, Leach, Kohl, Schultz, Jacob, Beck, Lanser and Moore – Only Beck is a past champion in this list. Next week we will determine the Champion of the Winners bracket, and the final 4 in the losers bracket! Should be good bowling!
Cya next week at the lanes