Welcome to Hell Week! If you can survive the night – you cash in the tournament. By the end of the night there will be 12 bowlers left from a field of 64 bowlers. There were a lot of exciting matches tonight, 2 were decided by less than 10 pins, 6 come from behind wins. So here we go….
Keith McDermott vs Kevin Birch
This is a Losers bracket match, winner bowls on, loser is out of the tournament. Lanes 1&2. McDermott starts with a turkey, 10 pin miss, turkey4 pin spare, double, 6-10 split for an open and a 233 start. Birch had a horrible start, going 3-10 split and covers none, 1-2 and takes one for another open, then leaves a wash out getting only 3 for a third open, 3-4-6 split and takes 2 for a 4th open, and just 35 in the 4th. He then gets it together – striking the next 6 shots, finishing with another big split 4-6-10 and gets 1 for a 200 game. Game 2 Birch goes strike, 10 pin spare, strike, 4 pin spare, turkey, 9 pin spare, 10 pin spare, turkey for 228. McDermott goes high and leaves the 3-6-9-10 and spares, 4 bagger, 9 pin spare, 4 bagger, 8 pin and spares for 258 and 491 after 2 vs Birch’s 428….. McDermott starts with a strike in game 3, Birch down 63 starts with a double, McDermott leaves the 3-4-6-7-10 split and spares it, then strikes, Birch gets 2 more strikes, McDermott leaves the 1-6-10 and gets 2 for an open, then the 7-10 split for an open, Birch strikes for a 5 bagger then covers the 2 pin, McDermott doubles in the 6th and 7th, Birch misses a 10 pin, then picks up the 10 in the 8th, McDermott with the lead – leaves a 4 pin and covers it, then the 7 pin and spares, Birch strikes in the 9th, if he strikes out in the 10th he forces McDermott to spare and then get 10 for a tie, strike and spare of the win. Birch Carries the first strike, McDermott leaves the 6 pin and spares, Birch strikes again, if both bowlers strike its a tie and we have a roll off, Birch strikes, McDermott goes high and leaves the 3-6-9-10 and Birch gets the come from behind win – down 63 pin and wins by 4, 675 – 671. McDermott exits the tournament just shy of cashing, Birch who won back to back exciting wins (last week vs Beck 751-749) will bowl round two at 7 pm.
Chris Schultz vs Heath Kohl
Lets stay on the same pair, same shift, This time a championship match. Schultz starts us out by picking up the 4 pin, strike, 5 pin spare, double, misses the 10 pin, strike, 9 pin spare, 2 pin spare, turkey for 206. Kohl 4 pin spare, strike, 3-7-9-10 split and gets 2, turkey, 10 pin spare, strike, 2-8 spare, turkey for a 215 game. Kohl starts game 2 with a strike, back to back 10 pin spares, double, 10 pin spare, turkey and then opens the 10th when he leaves the 4-7-10 split and gets 2 for 213. Schultz covers the 3-6, 7 count spare, 3-6 spare again, 7 bagger, 2-10 split and converts for 253 and 459 after 2, Up 31 pin over Kohl who has 428 after 2, Schultz misses the 10 pin to start game 3, Kohl picks up the 10 and strikes, Schultz covers the 2 and strikes, Kohl covers the 7 pin and strikes, Schultz Strikes in the 4th and the picks up the 7 pin, Kohl covers another 10 pin and strikes, Schultz leaves the 4 pin and spares then strikes, when Kohl tacks on 2 more strikes in the 7th and 8th the match is under 20 pins with Schultz hanging on to the lead. Schultz goes high and leaves the 6-9 and gets just one pin, Kohl strikes in the 9th and takes the lead, Schultz covers the 4 pin the 9th, both bowlers leave the 10 pin the 10th and the match is over Kohl covers his and strikes for 229 / 657 and Schultz misses his for 173 and 632. Kohl remains in the Championship bracket, Schultz will have to wait out the rest of the nights matches tonight and watch one match next week to see who his opponent will be…. Nice come from behind win for Kohl – who makes the top 4 and will bowl next week for the championship of the winners bracket.
Ken Kauffmann vs Terry Cottrell
The last 6 pm match we will review tonight – its on 7-8. Kauffmann starts with a strike then misses the 10 pin, then picks up the 6 pin, leaves the 3-4-6-7-1-0 split and gets 2, then turkeys, 10 pin spare, 8 pin spare, turkey for 198. Cottrell starts with a light mixer for a strike, Big 4 split and gets 2 for an open, 4 pin spare, strike, 2-4-8-10 split and gets 3 for another open, double, 10 pin spare, double, 2 pin spare for 192. Cottrell starts game 2 with a strike, 10 pin spare, 7 bagger tripping out the 4-9 in the middle of that string, 10 pin spare, strike for 259. Kauffmann goes turkey, 6 pin miss, 2 pin spare, double, goes high and trips the 4 from behind for a strike, then adds one one more for a 4 bagger, 9 pin spare and strike for 236. Kauffmann has 434 after 2 – Cottrell 451. Game 3 Kauffmann misses the 10 in the first, Cottrell doubles, Kauffmann gets a double, Cottrell leaves a 9 pin and spares then strikes, Kauffmann leaves a split and gets 2 for an open, then strikes, Cottrell goes high and leaves the 6 pin and spares then trips the 4 for a strike, Kauffmann tacks on 2 more strikes, Cottrell trips a 9 for a double, then leaves a 10 pin and spares, Kauffmann adds 2 more strikes, Cottrell carries a light strike in the 9th, Kauffmann strikes the first ball in the 10th, Cottrell leaves the Greek Church split and the match is over, Kauffmann finishes out with 2 more strikes ending the match with a string of 8 strikes. He wins 244/678 to Cottrell’s 206/651. Cottrell is out of the tournament, Kauffman moves on to round two with his nice come from behind win.
Jim Leach vs Brian White
So who survives the match between teammates and friends, both former champions find themselves in win or go home situation. Its now 7pm and we are on 3-4. Leach starts out with a Brooklyn but then throws 6 more strikes in the pocket, going high in the 8th leaving the 4-10 and getting none, strikes, 6-10 spare and a strike for 244. White starts with a 5 bagger, leaves the 6 pin and spares, then high again with the big 4 and gets 2 for an open, 5 strikes to finish for 253. White starts game 2 with a 9 pin lead – opens the first two frames – 4-6-7 split and gets 2 then a 3-10 split and gets one, turkey, 3 pin spare, 4 bagger, 8 pin spare for 226. Leach takes the lead with a string of 8 strikes, going high in the 9th with the 6-10 spare then strikes out for 278 and 522 after 2 – White has 479. 43 pins in the lead and Leach starts with the big 4 split and gets 2, White doubles and just like that the lead is down to 20 pins, Leach doubles, White leaves a solid 9 and spares then leaves the 10 and spares, Leach strikes again and regains his original lead, then leaves the 7 pin and spares, White doubles, and when Leach leaves the 4-7 and spares, then a 2 pin spare, White gets back a dozen pins, he leaves the 6-10 and spares, then an 8 pin and spares, Leach opens the door leaving the 6-7-10 split and gets none, then strikes. White leaves another 10 pin and spares in the 9th, then he leaves a 7 pin in the 10th, Leach leaves the 4-10 split and gets one, White spares and gets 7 and can’t quite muster up the come-from-behind win Leach hangs on 698 – 689, Former Champ White is knocked out of the tournament and Leach will bowl again at 8. This was a great back and forth match which was never really decided til the very end.
Colton Hedrick vs Dan Olberding
Another 7 pm match, lanes 5-6 Hedrick takes on 2 time former Champion Dan Olberding. Hedrick goes strike, 3-6 spare, trips the 10 for a strike, adds another for a double, 10 pin spare, strike, 7 pin spare, strike, 4 pin spare, strike, and ends the game on a 7-10 split for 207. Olberding goes turkey, 10 pin spare, strike, 3-6-9-10 and gets 2 for an open, turkey, 3 pin spare and 6 for 220. 2nd game Olberding goes double, 2-8 spare, 4 pin spare, trips the 4 for a strike, 10 pin spare, 6 strikes to finish the game with 247. Hedrick goes 4 bagger, 1-3-6 spare, strike, 6 pin spare, double, 6 pin spare and 9 for 235. Hedrick has 442 after 2, Olberding has 667. Hedrick starts with a strike, Olberding doubles, Hedrick goes 4 pin spare and strike, Olberding leaves the 4-6-7 split and gets 2, then strikes, Hedrick tacks on 2 more strikes for a turkey, Olberding goes high and leaves the 3-6-10 and spares, then leaves the bucket and spares, Hedrick leaves the 10 and covers it, then strikes, Olberding leaves the 7 pin and spares then strikes, Hedrick strikes in the 8th and 9th and now has control of the match, Olberding strikes in the 9th and gets the first one in the 10th, Hedrick matches, and then seals the match with a strike in the 11th, Olberding strikes in the 11th and gets 7 but its too late as Hedrick finishes with a strike and a 259/701 win over Olberding 218/685. Hedrick threw 10 strikes the last game to win the match and knock Olberding out of the tournament. Hedrick has another match at 8 to survive to get a check.
Doug Dammann vs Ryan Kase
We move to 8 pm on 9-10, win you cash lose you are out. Dammann starts with a 7 pin spare, turkey, 10 pin spare, 2-8 spare, trips the 2-8 for a strike, 4 pin spare, 10 pin spare, strike and 10 pin spare for 216. Kase starts with a 2-8-10 spare, strike, 2-10 split and makes it, 3-4-6-7-9-10 split and covers it, strike, 10 pin spare, 6 pin spare, and then a 5 bagger to end the game with 212. Game 2 he goes 9 pin spare, 3-6-7-10 split and gets 3, the big 4 split and gets 2 for another open, double, a pair of 10 pin spares, 9 pin spare, trips the 9 for a strike, adds on 2 more and 8 to finish with 198 and 410 after 2. Dammann leaves the 2-7 split and gets 1, double, 9 pin spare, 2 pin spare, strike, 3-6-7-10 split and gets 3, 2 pin spare, 6-10 spare, then opens the 10th when he leaves the 2-8-10 split and gets 2 for a 169 game and 385 after 2. Game 3 down 25 pins, both bowlers start with the first 4 strikes, Dammann strikes in the 5th while Kase leaves a 10 pin and misses it, then Kase leaves the 6-10 and gets one for a second open, Dammann strikes 3 more times for a 8 bagger, Kase doubles in the 7th and 8th but the control of the match swung to Dammann when he kept striking and Kase failed to convert his spares, Dammann leaves a 7 pin in the 9th and covers it, Kase leaves a 2 pin and spares, both double in the 10th but the match is over – Dammann rolls 10 strikes for a 277 game and a 662 series and knocks Kase out of the tournament with his 224/634. Too many splits and missed spares for Kase cost him the match, Dammann despite a 3 split 2nd game – figures out the lanes and comes from behind to win. Dammann makes the final 12, Kase comes up short.
Jim Leach vs Dennis Pergande
Former Champ Leach is trying to make it into the winners circle one more time – but has to get by a tough lefty – Dennis Pergande. 8 pm match on 7-8 Leach goes strike, solid 8 and spares, strike, 2-8-10 split and gets 2, trips the 4 for a strike adds 5 more strikes and then a 4 pin spare for 237. Pergande starts with a 6 bagger, 7 pin spare, strike, 7 pin spare, 10 pin spare and leaves a 4 pin for 247 and a 1o pin lead. Game 2 – Pergande starts with the first 7 strikes, tripping a 6 and ending on a light shaker, then leaves a 6 pin and spares, strike, solid 9 and a spare, then leaves the 10 pin for a 258 and 505 after 2, Leach matches Pergandes string starting with the first 7 strikes, getting a nice light strike in the 6th to keep the string going. Goes high in the 8th for a 3-6-10 spare, turkey and 9 for a nice 276 game and 513 after 2 and a slim 8 pin lead. Game 3 Leach strikes to start the match, Pergande covers the 10 pin and strikes, Leach almost leaves the 4-9 split on a high pocket shot but trips out both for a strike, then leaves the 4 pin and spares, Pergande adds 2 more strikes for a turkey, Leach rolls another light strike getting a late tap out of the 7 pin then rolls a sold strike for a double, Pergande leaves the 7 pin and misses it then strikes, Leach has padded his lead by 10, sticks a 10 pin in the 6th and spares then leaves another one and misses it, Pergande trips out the 8 pin for a strike and adds on another solid strike for a turkey and suddenly the lead is his, Leach leaves another single pin – the 7 and spares then covers a 10 pin, Pergande leaves back to back 7s and spares, Leach leaves a single pin in the 10th and misses it but the match was over his 706 is not enough to continue on, Pergande 2 turkeys the last game nets him 224/729 and gives him a 23 pin win over former champ Leach. Pergande survives Hell Week and will need to win 2 more times next week to stay in.
Honorable mentions and notable scores – Colton Hedrick was the only bowler that was able to win a match and not shoot at least 600 – his 598 nips Ken Kauffmann’s 581, at 8 pm to get him to the final 12, Kauffmann had the big series of the night the shift before with 779 but couldn’t keep it going to stay in the tournament. Jim Leach and Rick Jacobs both roll 700’s but lose Leach 706 vs Pergande’s 729 and Jacob’s 703 vs Ryan Kase are both out of the tournament. Then Bowler of the night honors has to go to Chris Clancy who was a giant killer tonight, surviving 3 matches in the losers bracket, First up Bob Hochrein who pitches a 279 out of the gate, but Clancy rolls 25 strikes in the match and has one open frame in the 3rd game a split, he strikes in the 8, 9 and 10th frames to clinch the win over former champ Hochrein. Clancy 736 – Hochrein 687. Round 2 Clancy takes on former champ Tom Kramer who has a rough start with a 167 game, but narrowly misses a 300 game leaving 2 solid 8 pins, Kramer starts game 3 with a 4 bagger and then leaves the Greek Church for an open, Clancy never gave Kramer an opening, he was clean through all 3 games, starting with 240 and 238, then covered 5 ten pins the last game with an impressive 4 makes in a row, he finally carries the 10 and strikes out for 225 and a 703 win over Kramer’s 634. Then Kramer takes on Benji Meyer who has been hot all tournament, but Meyer didn’t have it tonight and Clancy cruises for the win 675 – 544.
And there you have it, no past champion survived the night, Hochrein, Leach, Kramer, Olberding and White are all gone. So your new Budweiser Big 10 Champion will not be a repeat. Winners bracket results
|Kyle Wiest||670||vs||Brian Breen||643|
|Steve Breitbach Jr.||718||vs||Logan Klinge||653|
|Dan Moore||648||vs||Jason Lanser||714|
|Chris Schultz||632||vs||Heath Kohl||657|
So Wiest, Breitbach Jr, Jason Lanser, and Kohl will bowl for the winners bracket championship next week. Breen, Klinge, Moore, Schultz, Hedrick, Clancy, Dammann and Pergande make up the rest of the field. Good Luck to all – one of you will be the next Budweiser Big 10 Champion!
Have a great and safe Holiday week!