This was one of those cases when all of my score was in one game, because I either couldn’t make shots or lost carry after the first game. The unkindest cut was at the end, with three open frames (the last two splits) when I still could have saved something out of it.
Result: 218-147-144=509 Average (78 games): 168 Average for last 9 games: 163 Next week’s AVG+1 score: 563
Kevin did return last week, which was why my spirits were immediately better. The team did manage to take first and third games and total.
Creeden’s Mustangs are in 11th, 17 points behind the leaders, Never Lucky, who lead Last Empire by a point, BBOB by 2.5 points, and 4 On 9 Man and 10th Frame Magic by 3.5 points. Motley Crew will provide our opposition tonight. Note: There are four weeks remaining in the second half, as we count our roll-off as our 32nd week.
Recapping last week in the Patriots league, Jim Ferguson had the biggest night, going 225-279-247 for a 751 (recap, Lane 47), with Stan Lewis also checking in with a 279 and Shane Litchfield a 278 (per the high scores). Good bowling, guys! 🎳😁
I might have had a little bit of a “hangover” effect from last week in the first game, but I cleaned up the single-pin mistakes the rest of the night and had better games the rest of the night from there. The second game was about as hard as I can ever remember working for a clean game, except for maybe one (I don’t remember exactly when) in which I had to convert a couple of splits to stay clean.
Result: 148-195-171=514 Average (75 games): 168 Average for last 9 games: 168 Next week’s AVG+1 score: 565
Lisa was officially removed from the team (😢), and we were again without Kevin. Our fortunes were brighter, however, winning second and third games and total.
He can comment on Facebook about how he got to the score, if he wishes, since it’s an unusual one, but Junji Zhang posted a 274 game the other night in the Pepsi league, which he suggested was also his personal high (see high scores). Good bowling! 🎳🙂
Taylor Sinkler continued to have the best season of the Westgate women last Friday in the TNBA league, posting 213-247-213 for a 673 set (recap, Lane 52; Note: Was bowled on different pair because of league’s social distancing rule). Nice bowling! 🎳🙂
(Editor’s note: I finally did get up to Westgate last Friday night to visit with Taylor.)
There was a relative paucity of scoring in the Patriots league last week, but both Paris Cook and Tom “T-Bone” Roberson flirted with perfect games, both leaving one on the deck with the last shot. Also, Aaron Major had one of his more usual good games with a 279 (see high scores). Good bowling guys! 🎳😎
I got hit by the “Curse of the Vacant,” as I was feeling off-kilter at the start and never really got untracked all night, with no competition to motivate me. Of the six strikes I threw, only two of those were together, and I missed more spares than I made. The humor I saw in the night is that I hit a “slot machine” score with the fours.
Result: 160-137-147=444 Average (72 games): 168 Average for last 9 games: 171 Next week’s AVG+1 score: 572
Again, I was bowling with just Randi, but we did just well enough to win three points; yes, I cost us the second game. 😢
Creeden’s Mustangs are now 17 points behind the leading Never Lucky, who lead Last Empire by a point, BBOB by a point and a half, and 4 On 9 Man and 10th Frame Magic by 3.5 points. Strike Machine will be the opponents tonight.
Creeden’s Mustangs are in 11th, 18 points behind a tie for first between Last Empire and Never Lucky, with BBOB 2.5 points behind the tie in 3rd and 10th Frame Magic 3.5 points behind the lead in 4th. We will be bowling for our points against the vacant tonight.
With my handicap added, my 256 last week was the high game in the league’s men’s “D” division last week.
And a score worth noting because of the lane condiition: Ed Roberts had 238-228-234 Monday night in the Pepsi league for 700 on the button (recap, Lane 54; Note: This was actually bowled on 59-60 per the league’s social distancing rules). Nice bowling! 🎳🔥
The TNBA league last Friday night saw two big nights, with Chris Zalewski getting the front 22, finishing 300-287-190 for a 777 (recap, Lane 54), and Devon McGregor going 225-298-247 for a 770 (Lane 48 on linked recap). For the women, Jessica Lowe also had a 258 game (see high scores).
There was plenty to go with last week in the Patriots league, starting with “Ka$h” posting 278-245-268 for a 791 (see recap, Lane 45) and Jon Hester bowling 279-257-217 for a 753 (same recap, Lane 46; Note: Match actually took place on 53-54 due to breakdown). Keith Kaestner provided the other big highlight of the league’s week, with a 289 game (see high scores), with Mike Major and Stan Lewis also having 279 games, and Mike Trent Jr. a 276.
Sometimes, a good night in one league sets you up for a big night in another, and that may have been the case for Ray Fischer last week, as, prior to his 300 game in the Pepsi league, he put up 225-266-213 for a 704 set (see recap, Lane 54on the Broadway pattern, which is lane condition for the last quarter of that league’s season. Great night, Ray! 🎳😎
To my credit, I had my best game of the season (the second game) after a nearly two week layoff due to my feared (but unfounded) COVID exposure. However, with the single-pin spare misses, it was also a missed opportunity, as the fill from making all of my single pins would have given me a 600 series. The detox and polish of the Tropical is still proving to be a good call, however, as it’s giving me my best look, by far.
Result: 181-226-147=554 Average (69 games): 168 Average for last 9 games: 176 Next week’s AVG+1 score: 509
Team had two members absent, but still won the second game against the second half leaders.
As many of you have noticed, I’ve been away from Westgate for most of the last couple of weeks. This has been due to my possible COVID exposure two weeks ago, which was with a bowling contact. I was fully vaccinated at the time, but felt it my responsibility to stay away once I found out about the positive test in order to avoid possibly exposing anyone further, and that was just lengthened due to delays in my own testing.
The good news I have today is that I have tested negative, which means I can return today, which would have been two weeks out from the exposure. My bowling life was impacted, as I missed not only one Brunswick Mixed league session, but also one night of Patriots league brackets and two nights covering the Pepsi league as secretary, as well as the Northeast Amateur Tournament event here on Sunday. But I am looking forward to getting back to my bowling family.
Ray Fischer has been a great competitor at Westgate for many years, and continues to be one even today, proving it last Thursday night in the Patriots league, capping off a night in which he started 215-246 with a 300 for a 761 set (see recap, Lane 49). Brian Egan also had a 289 game that night, and Jon Hester a 279 (see high scores).
Stephen Major, Ray’s grandson, recorded and sent me the video shown below:
The Ripping the Rack Bowling Tour reported in their Facebook group (public post) that Sean Richard was the winner of their Mayhem Match Play Championship event Saturday at Lang’s Bowlarama in Cranston, RI after defeating Justin Burrows, 212-188 (with handicap; match play brackets can be viewed on TournamentBowl.com). Congrats Ka$h! 🎳🏆👏
Time to give a nod to a Westgate bowler who brought an accomplishment away from Westgate to my attention: Stephen Major shot a 300 game in the Tuesday Trios league at East Providence Lanes (see league’s high scores for week). Nice bowling, Stephen! 🎳😎
Ed Grossett is probably the best back-up bowler (back-up = right-handed, but ball moves left-to-right) in Massachusetts, and maybe in New England. This will be my first mention of him here (at least for a score) since his first 300 game, which came here at Westgate six years ago at the state tournament, as he turned in a fine 255-253-255 for a 763 set Thursday night in the Patriots league (see recap, Lane 41). Also, Ethan Reyes posted a 279 game last week (see high scores).
My bowling was markedly better last Wednesday, particularly the first game, which was my best in quite a while, as it was clean (and you know how I treasure my clean games)! Some of the difference last Wednesday was biting the bullet and getting the Tropical Breeze detoxed and polished, but my spare game was also a bit better than the previous week, particularly where I didn’t miss any single-pin spares. A reset of my averages (overall and moving) and tomorrow night’s +1 score target follow:
Average (66 games): 168 Average for last 9 games: 170 Tomorrow night’s AVG+1 score: 556
The team only won one point in the last two weeks, the first game last week, so we remain in 11th (virtual last place). As tomorrow night is a position night, we’ll be bowling the vacant. BBOB have assumed the league lead by a half-point over Last Empire and Never Lucky, with 4 On 9 Man a point behind in 4th place.
I’m only noting this score now because this league’s standings sheets lag the others in posting: Chris Zalewski started the month of March in the Rhythm & Bowling league with a 275 game (see high scores). WTG! 😎🎳
If you thought Chris Zalewski’s 809 series last Wednesday night was something, the Patriots league wasn’t going to be outdone, as Aaron Major had 300-268-239 for an 807 of his own (Lane 47). While this wasn’t a bigger set than Zalewski’s, it was the scoring by the other bowlers that was the outdoing, as Brian Egan and Jon Hester both threw 300 games in the first game as teammates (see recap on Lane 50), with only Mark Zimmerman’s 224 preventing it from being a team award game (by a pin). All of this made Jim Ferguson’s 278/762 night look paltry by comparison (recap linked on Lane 47 above; see Lane 40).