champs Cortez Schenck & Dee Handley
Two bowlers dominated their respective divisions to earn titles in exciting JBT Mojave Conference action at Sunset Station's Strike Zone Bowling Center.
Scratch division bowlers competed in the 'tennis' format for the stepladder finals, which is essentially a series of one-shot rolloffs scored like a tennis game, similar to a format being tested by many international bowling events. Eric Hatchett began the finals with a long, multi-deuce win over Dallas Leong. Round two was an easier win for Hatchett, as he was able to get by Teagan Smale in quick fashion. The semifinal match against Wesley Low went much longer, aided by a mistake from Eric, going down the middle to try and beat Wes' 8-count but only getting seven, extending the match through 3 dueces before Hatchett finally prevailed.
For all that, Hatchett's reward was to play top seed Cortez Schenck, who torched the field and the lanes all day. He opened with 300-793, and tossed a second 300 en route to a new record +586 eight-game total. But to win he'd have to out-shoot Hatchett im a bets 2-of-3 game match. Schenck won the first won in 14 points, but Eric bounced back with a game 2 win. In the deciding game, Cortez finally put Hatchett away, and earned the 43rd title of his JBT career with the victory.
In the handicap division, Dee Handley was equally dominant, leading all eight rounds as well (a rare occasion where both leaders swept the leaderboard). Abby Franklin began the stepladder finals with a win over Eric Torrence. 9 year-old Tyler Hedges then beat Franklin. Two-time winner Justin Freeman then beat Hedges to get to a fourth title match of the season.
Top seed Handley was too much for Freeman this time, winning the title match for the second title of her JBT career.
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