Our boys started the first Baker game filling 5 out of 6 frames with spares. As the coach, I was thinking “O good, we are starting out with a great game”. Unfortunately the next 3 of 4 frames were opens. We finished with a 143 which isn’t our lowest game, but that wasn’t enough to win as we lost by only 5 pins. That is just hard to take as it was so close. I glanced over at the girls and they lost by 5 pins as well. Our second Baker was better for us as we ended with a 164, but unfortunately GRC had a better Baker game too. At this point we were down 0-10 points.
Entering the first individual match, it was evident GRC had someone or something on their side. Everything fell for them. It didn’t seem to matter where they hit the pocket – even head pin shots fell. They also picked up some really hard spares that were splits which made it a little exciting. Sometimes that is tough to take, but I am proud of my boys as they were still giving high fives away to the opposing team. That is what real sportmanship is about! My boys are a class act! Game one goes to GRC 729-852. We are now down 1-18 with our only point coming from anchor Dillon Smith who took his point 174-173. Phew we were on the board.
Well when a team gets hot, they can either stay hot or go cold. Game 2 was the game Wayland warmed up and the opponents finally went cold. Dylan Roberts found his groove and had a fine 196 game with Dylan Smith adding a high game of the evening for both teams with a fine 201. Alex Marble is showing a promising future and Christian Courser came back in the second game for a strong finish. Final score for game 2 was 803-706 in favor of the Wildcats. We lost total by only 26 pins – just a couple of spares. Again they boys never gave up so I expect good things to happen as we progress through the season.
As a side note: I have never seen so many seven pins left on good pocket shots – even when glancing over at the girls team. Hopefully we left them all at Park Center Lanes tonight.