SO CAL BAKER TEAM EVENT
champs Wesley Low, Keyon Lemus, Eric Torrence, Zack Jellsey, and Mikey Villareal
On a fun but challenging night where spares were hard to come by, let alone strikes, a national champion came up with a double to seal the So Cal Baker Team Shootout title in exciting action at the Bowlium in Montclair.
The Zavala-family led team that called themselves "No Team Spirit" found that can be a deadly trait in the unique atmosphere of team matchplay, as they fell in round one to the "Twizzlers", helmed by the Martinez family. The Twizzlers, joined by Brittany Kolatzny and Isaiah Cleveland, made it to the final four, where they lost 2-0 to Low's team, again with the self-depricating (and untrue) name of "We Stink". In the other semifinal, the "Norwalk Lanes" team fell 2-1 to the tye-dyed "Saaaawww" team, setting up the title match.
The 'Los Angeles' lane pattern starts tricky, but becomes brutal by the end of a very long day- the title match started at midnight, after an 11 AM start to the Doubles event that started the day! Nonetheless, 'We Stink' did anything but in winning the first game 224-193, but "Saaaawww" came back to win game two 186-171 and force a decider. Saaawww's anchor bowler Oscar Chan spared in the tenth frame of the finale, forcing opposing anchor Low to come up with an unlikely double to win. Somehow, Wesley caved in the big four not once but twice, earning a 186-182 win for his team. It's Low's 15th career JBT title, but the first for Keyon Lemus, and first regular win for Eric Torrence, though he clearly likes team events, as he's a two-time Main Event team event champ. They were joined by adult teammates Zack Jellsey and Mikey Villareal.
Huge thanks to Scott and the Bowilum crew for hosting an event on a Saturday night, and doing a top notch job all weekend! Want in on the best bowling fun around? Check out our schedule and come on down to the next event, it's that simple!
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