I’d mentioned previously that I’d be filling a vacancy on another team in my league after Donna had to withdraw from the league, and that the team is one of the longer standing teams in the league. That team is Creeden’s Mustangs, which have been in the league in some form at least since I’ve been in it (and longer, in fact). The team is currently comprised of (in lineup order) Lisa Davis, Randi Sullivan, and Kevin Stiger, the latter whom I’ve mentioned here occasionally for scores.
A long-standing tradition with this team is that all of the members of the team change their names on the scorer before bowling to something like a nickname (you have to kind of think like the tradition at Bayside Bowl in Portland, ME for this). Lisa is typically “Newbie,” Randi is “Mo,” and Kevin is “Bud.” Where one of my newer projects has to do with a Star Wars space combat simulation game (and really a classic series of such games before the one that just launched that I was involved with before I returned to bowling, as well), I’ve chosen to take on “Ace” as my Mustangs name. Hopefully, the vibe carries into my bowling as well as the new project.
Currently, Creeden’s Mustangs stands tied for 8th with Spare Us, 10.5 points behind Last Empire, who lead 10th Frame Magic (Creeden’s Mustangs’ opponents tonight) and Sweet Rolls by a half-point and 4 On 9 Man by a point and a half.
Per the Facebook post above, BPUSBC Hall of Famer Sean Richard, along with partner Bob DiMuccio Jr., were the winners of the Bay State Open’s Over/Under (45) doubles event on Nov. 7 at Bowlero Lowell, defeating Jon Hester & Kevin Kelliher 434-407 (with handicap) in the two-game Baker format final match. The title bumped his BSO leading total to seven. Congrats Ka$h! 🎳🔥
The event was also the BSO’s last for the foreseeable future, as they have decided to suspend operations until the pandemic has reached a point where it is better managed. What metrics that involved, however, were not stated.
The highest scoring Patriots league session of the season to date on Thursday night saw Stan Lewis post 277-276-261 for an 814 set, while AJ Voisine and Jon “Hoss” Hester both added 300 games to the mix. I felt it appropriate to post on the association’s Instagram, where Stan’s photo and both videos could appear in the same album and could be properly credited.
I’m late getting to this, but it’s the first youth score of note: Angelino Castro’s 160 game on Halloween wouldn’t seem like much, but, given that he only has a 98 average on the sheet, that’s pretty impressive. Keep it up, kid! 😎
And, so nobody thinks I’m pulling the scores out of the air, I’ll include a photo of the high scores that week (I couldn’t get the averages in the same photo without making both too small to read.):
This was a little more solid effort than I’ve had this season, so far. I did miss a couple of 10 pins, but I figured out that I was just missing a little right and made the adjustment to make the rest of them from that point. I put strikes together on a couple of occasions for the two 18X games.
Result: 182-159-187=528 Average (24 games): 167 Average for last 9 games: 172 Next week’s AVG+1 score: 505
I did lose my only teammate, Donna, for good, due to COVID concerns. The upshot is that there is one team in the league with a vacancy, so I will be joining them next week (I couldn’t this week because it was a position round.). I’ll have more in the coming week, but the vacancy is with one of the league’s most established teams.
I ended up losing the first game, anyway, so Spares remains in 13th place, now 19 points behind 4 On 9 Man, who lead Sweet Rolls by a point, Last Empire by a point and a half, and Bbob and 10th Frame Magic by two points. It’s a position round this week, so we bowl against the vacant.
I’ll do my standings update tomorrow, as usual, but I didn’t want to leave this out of the Tuesday high score reporting run: Jake Tobin threw a 278 Wednesday night in the Brunswick Mixed league (the only Wednesday night league at Westgate this season, as I’ve previously noted), per the week’s high scores. Good bowling, Jake! 🎳😁
For the first time in my memory, “Mr. 900” Hakim Emmanuel is not bowling in the Patriots league, the league in which he placed himself in bowling immortality over five years ago. He is still bowling, however, only in the His & Hers Doubles league on Tuesday night this season. Last week, in that league, he posted a 279 high game in a 779 series, evidenced on the recap sheet (Lane 56). WTG Hakim! 🎳😎
With my old wrist brace showing signs of wear, I replaced it last night with a Storm C2, and it did take getting used to for spares, as you can just move the anchor out of the way to take my wrist out of the shot and just throw your normal shot. Where it did help was in the first game, as I wasn’t worried about the strap coming undone and helping me focus on staying under it, helping my carry enough to string a couple of turkeys.
Result: 208-161-143=512 Average (21 games): 166 Average for last 9 games: 165 Next week’s AVG+1 score: 505
Donna was again absent, but my first game was good enough to win a point, at least.
Spares are currently in 13th place, 17 points behind 4 On 9 Man, who are leading Last Empire by 2.5 points, Sweet Rolls by three points,, and Bbob and 10th Frame Magic (tonight’s opponents) by four points.
There was a great game turned in by multiple (Bristol-Plymouth & Mass. State USBC, Brockton Athletic, and NEBA, among others) Hall of Famer Ed Roberts last week in the BBIS league, with a 289, which is even more worthy of note given the nature of the lane condtion (the Beaten Path challenge condition, as reported to me by Aaron Major); evidenced in the week’s high scores, of course.
I bowled much better last night, even though my scores didn’t necessarily show it, and that was because I was only lacking carry in the third game. My improvement later in the night was due to going back to what I was doing before the lockdown, focusing more on my finish position and shot posting, which also carried into my spare game after the missed 10, my only single-pin miss of the night.
Result: 158-173-181=512 Average (18 games): 166 Average for last 9 games: 164 Next week’s AVG+1 score: 516
With Donna again absent and none of the opponents shooting under 600, I was unable to win points.
The Patriots league’s Kevin Kelliher, on Sunday of the penultimate weekend of the inaugural Ocean State Championship Tournament at Lang’s Bowlarama in Cranston, RI, threw his second 300 game in the doubles event. Kevin released his video to me, which he originally shared as a Facebook story, and is below:
A little bit of my early trouble was getting used to a new slide sole, since I had to go to a #8 slide sole tonight and I didn’t have one prior to then. Mostly, however, the shot tonight was touchy with the speed, and, except for the times I put strikes together, I either didn’t have my good speed control or threw bad shots entirely.
Result: 139-159-171=469 Average (15 games): 165 Average for last 9 games: 166 Next week’s AVG+1 score: 509
I finally got Donna back tonight, but Shawn had a good night for my opponents, in particular. His teammates backed him up well enough to take all four.
The Rhythm & Bowling league was late posting (I got the alert in their group just before logging in to write this), and I noted that James Scales had a 289 Sunday night, as noted in the high scores for the week. WTG! 🎳🙂
Spares are currently 11th, nine points behind 4 On 9 Man, who are a half-point ahead of Last Empire, a point ahead of 10th Frame Magic and Spare Us in a tie for third, and three teams two points behind in a tie for 5th. Spares are opposed by Sweet Rolls tonight.
Per the post above, Westgate bowler Joe Bourhill was a member, along with Derek DuBois and Daniel Nazzaro, of the winning team in Sunday’s Reloaded Scratch Tournament trios event at Town Line Luxury Lanes in Malden. Reloaded, formed by Jose Perez within the last year, is a different format in that they use average caps to equalize the competition rather than handicap, while the scoring is always on a scratch basis.
I was looking pretty good after two games, but the last one proved to be a case of “when it rains, it pours.” The killer was converting the split I needed to save my 500 to end the night, but then failing to get the count I needed for it. The positive I’ll take out of this is that I’m still limiting my single-pin spare mistakes, and, if I do that, my spare game should hold me in good stead.
Result: 196-171-131=498 Average (12 games): 167 Average for last 9 games: 165 Next week’s AVG+1 score: 510
Donna was here last week before the postponement, but had to be absent again tonight. My first game ended up to be good enough for that game’s point.