Kegler's Corner: Industrial League action heads to the Final Four

Last week’s bowling action at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes spotlights the fireworks in the Monday night Industrial League, where its Elite Eight bracket matches took place in their championship tournament. The bracket results were as follows: No. 8 Hood River Supply beat No. 1 ERS (Excavation Rental Supply) 18-12; No. 7 E&L Auto Parts beat No. 2 Randy’s Painting 19-11; No. 3 Mid-Columbia Diesel won over No. 6 3 Fingers Deep 16-14; No. 5 Tinman Heating beat No. 4 Columbia Hills RV 20-10.

Three of the matches could have gone either way after two games. The exception was the Columbia Hills RV/Tinman Heating match which was over at that point. Tinman swamped the RV squad 16-2 after two games and they also had a commanding lead in three points for total pins in the match. Tinman trounced the RV squad in the first game by a whopping 201 pins and they took a close second game by 22 sticks.

In the first two games, all five Tinman team members were way over their average, led by Randy Tumlinson, who rolled two fine scratch games — 213 and 236 — which was 99 pins over his average at that point. Teammate Sarah Smock was also on fire: 58 pins over her average. Obviously, they were up for this match.

ERS started out strong in their match, winning eight points in the first game, but the HR Supply five came back in the second game, just nudging ERS by 12 pins, taking seven points in the process. After two games, ERS was ahead by two points, 10-8, then Supply finished with a big third game, winning by 66 sticks and taking seven points. Supply’s big finish also netted them the total pins points for the three-game match by a mere 15 pins for an additional three points.

That was critical, but a 15-pin difference in total pins for a three-game match between two five-person teams is only a couple of marks or a timely strike away from a completely different outcome — it could have easily gone the other way. Also, ERS was hampered because one of their team members was absent and that cost them a 30-pin penalty. Nevertheless, Supply anchorman Patrick Olson was the straw that stirred the drink as he finished his third game with an impressive and timely scratch 267 game. That’s what a good anchorman can do for a team.

It was pretty much the same story in the Randy’s Painting/E&L Auto Parts match as they were tied with nine points each after two games. E&L had a modest 33-pin lead in total pins at that point and then they finished with a good third game, winning it and taking seven points, plus the three points for total pins with a 77-pin margin. This match was really a lot closer than the outcome indicated.

The Mid-Columbia Diesel/3 Fingers Deep match was really up for grabs all the way; 3 Fingers Deep had a two-point edge after two games, but they had a big 98-pin lead in total pins. However, Mid-Columbia finished strong, taking eight points, but the three points for total pins went to 3 Fingers Deep, because they had such a good second game, taking total pins for the match by 50. That made the final result about as close as you can get without going into a roll-off due to a 15-15 tie. A few extra strikes or spares by any of these bowlers could have easily changed this match too. And, a key member of 3 Fingers was absent, which may have made a big difference had he been there.

So the final four is next: the No. 3 seed, Mid-Columbia Diesel, bowls the No. 8 seed, Hood River Supply and the No. 5 seed, Tinman Heating, bowls the No. 7 seed, E&L Auto Parts. Upsets? Maybe, but parity in this league is what makes it so special: the top two seeds who were both round winners are out now! Is there an underdog, a Cinderella story here? Stay tuned.

League Reports:

Monday night Industrial: Mark Chabotte, 235 game & 670 series; Patrick Olson, 267 game & 668 series; Sue Spellman, 470 series; Lynn Spellman, 255 game; Randy Tumlinson, 236 game; Sarah Smock, 166 game.

Tuesday morning ladies Workshirkers: Bernie Keys, 531 series; Nancy Asai, 200 game.

Wednesday afternoon senior Colts & Fillies: Ron Baumsteiger, 200 game & 542 series; Charlotte Severns, 180 game & 475 series; Lynn Spellman, 212 game; Stuart Sneider, 210 game; Kim McCartney, 201 game.

Wednesday night Fraternal: Octavio Campos, 265 game & 670 series; Josh Worth, 257 game & 666 series; Patrick Olson, 237 game & 657 series; Bernie Keys, 180 game & 523 series; Bill Pullum, 246 game; Casey Barker, 237 game.

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