Kegler's Corner: Team Got Sand wins Tuesday Nite Mixed

Roll out the red carpet, turn the spotlight on and start the music. In a four-team total pins roll-off, Got Sand won the popular and highly competitive Tuesday Nite Mixed league at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes recently.

The four teams in the championship roll-off were Got Sand, Team Nishi, All in the Family and Three Pins and a Split. Got Sand won the match handily by 104 pins. Bowling for champs were Heather Mitchell, Russ Frazier, Matt Webber and Bryan Mason.

Individual awards for the league went to Brandon Kawachi for men’s high average, a blistering 221 pins per game; Nancy Asai for women’s high average, 189 pins per game; Jeremy Bloom for men’s high game, a perfect 300; Sandy Holmes for women’s high game, a nifty 266; Josh Worth for men’s high series, an impressive 800; and Sandy Holmes for women’s high series, a fine 663.

But that’s not all, the governing body of bowling, the USBC, will reward Jeremy Bloom for his perfect 300 game and Josh Worth’s for his super 800 series with beautiful rings to commemorate these outstanding achievements. Here’s what the experts have to say about bowling an 800 series:

Bowling an 800 series is just about the toughest thing to do in bowling. In order to record an 800 three-game series, you must average 267 or better. Bowling an 800 series takes three times as many frames of excellent performance compared to 12 frames in a 300 game.

A perfect game is a difficult feat because in addition to hitting the pocket 12 times in a game, you must carry each delivery. Getting an 800 series means that even if you survive the pressure of getting a 300 game, you still must average 250 or greater the other two games. Not an easy task.

We all know that hitting the pocket enough times to roll an 800 series is vital in accomplishing this feat. Hitting the pocket is not enough, however. We must carry the corner pins and not have open frames, if possible, to attain the 800 series score. Pin carry is an art in and of itself. Many highly skilled bowlers capable of, or having had, an 800 series will attest to that. There are likely many occasions where just hitting the pocket every ball did not yield the game scores needed to roll an 800 series.

Selecting the right bowling ball with an appropriate amount of length and hook potential to match the given lane conditions is key to a high series score. Getting the right amount of angle of entry close to 6 degrees into the pocket is also an important factor in getting a high level of pin carry.

Delivering your ball onto the lane surface consistently and not changing ball speeds dramatically are two other factors you have to wrestle with to give yourself a chance at carrying the corner pins.

You also have to decide whether to change your hand action slightly to either increase ball skid length or to change your axis of rotation somewhat.

With so many variables affecting pin carry and hitting the pocket enough times to give you a fighting chance at rolling an 800 series, you almost have to have a lucky charm in your pocket as well.

After all these challenges, there is also the matter of dealing with peer pressure when rolling in your league or in a tournament where friends, players, and spectators are aware of your opportunity to roll 800 for the three-game stretch. If your teammates know that if you finish your third game strong you can get an 800 series, the drama builds and you feel the pressure accordingly.

No matter how many times you may have dealt with this level of pressure in the past, each time presents new stress challenges. You must handle the pressure or you may fail in your attempt due to making errant deliveries.

Every good player who thinks they deserve an 800 series score is mistaken. There are highly skilled and very experienced, talented players who have never rolled a sanctioned 800 series in competition. Do not take an 800 series for granted.

In the final analysis, if you pay attention to the details when you are on the lanes, make one good shot at a time and block out distractions, you just might be the next player to record a sanctioned 800 series. This should give you an idea as to how good that 800 was that Josh bowled. It’s really impressive!

In other recent league action, we almost had another perfecto, this time at the capable hand of Matt Hodges who just missed with a 299 game in the Wednesday night Fraternal.

Matt had a great outing, finishing up with a mighty fine 755 series to top all scores at the lanes last week. This was his second 700 set in a row in league action, elevating his average to 206 pins per game. With these latest efforts, he’s clearly become one of the better shooters in town, easily making the top ten on the high average list. With more practice and some big tournament seasoning, there is no reason why Matt can’t raise that average another 10-15 pins per game. That would put him in very elite company, indeed.

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