Kegler's Corner: ERS wins the third round of Industrial

Last week, the ERS (Excavation Rental Supply) team won the third round in the Monday night Industrial League at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes. ERS has been dominant all season, leading the league in total wins by a huge 49.5-point margin over the next best team. They not only just won Round 3, they also won Round 2.

Bowling for the feisty ERS quintet is Jesse Davis, Spencer Johnisee, Zach Mohun, Woody Eskildsen and Mark Chabotte. This capable crew is a great mix of new young bowlers and veterans who really gelled into a terrific team this season, holding each other up when it was needed and when everybody contributes like that, week in and week out, that’s when a team becomes greater than its individuals. There is nothing like being on a great team like that.

ERS had a solid lead going into last week’s action, during which they came away with a 16-14 win over their opponents and that proved to be unsurmountable as they took Round 3 by 15 points. Now, kind of like March Madness in NCAA basketball, the Industrial League finishes up with a three-week bracket tournament to decide its 2015-16 champion.

Since ERS has been so good all season and by winning two rounds, they earn the No. 1 seed in the first week’s matches, getting the advantage of bowling the No. 8 seed, Hood River Supply. In the other matches, No. 2 seed Randy’s Painting, who won the first round bowls, the No. 7 seed, E&L Auto Parts; No. 3 seed, Mid-Columbia Diesel, bowls the No. 6 seed and past champions, 3 Fingers Deep; No. 4 seed, Columbia Hills RV, bowls the No. 5 seed, Tinman Heating.

The following week is the final four matches and two weeks away is the championship match. This great format keeps more teams in the race — any of these eight teams can win it all… will there be an upset? Stay tuned for March Mayhem at Orchard Lanes.

Individual high score awards for the 2015-16 Industrial League include: high scratch series, Kevin Harris, 743; high scratch game, Bob Reid and Kevin Harris tied, 278. Bob and Kevin are mainstays on the scrappy Randy’s Painting fivesome. The coveted high average award will be determined after the championship bracket matches have concluded.

The most valuable player is ERS’ Zach Mohun, who handily won the individual points race in the league, with 57. Folks, that means Zach won an amazing 70 percent of his head-to-head matches and topped the next best point-getter by a whopping 7.5 points. Everybody would like a teammate like that! Good luck and good bowling, everybody.

League Reports:

Monday night Industrial: Bob Reid, 256 game & 632 series; Sue Spellman, 176 game & 479 series; Jan Halstead, 268 game; Zach Mohun, 258 game. Tuesday morning ladies Workshirkers: Bernie Keys, 236 game & 547 series; Nancy Asai, 200 game. Wednesday afternoon senior Colts & Fillies: Lynn Spellman, 204 game & 554 series; Sue Spellman, 189 game & 505 series; Doug Arnell, 208 game; Kim McCartney, 207 game. Wednesday night Fraternal: Casey Barker, 257 game & 698 series; Josh Worth, 263, 236 games & 697 series; Bernie Keys, 189 game & 526 series; Zach Mohun, 248 game; Aaron Troxel, 237 game; Jeff Miller, 237 game. Thursday afternoon senior Lads & Lassies: Ron Baumsteiger, 200 game & 566 series; Joyce Hert, 472 series; Alan Ross, 204 game; Linda Green, 172 game; Barb Johnson, 172 game; Jackie Fishtrom, 172 game.

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