After suffering their first loss of the season to Butler, the Bombers headed to Game of Fairfield for the Big Blue Challenge. The field of 32 squads, included the reigning state champions Wayne and GCL rivals Elder and LaSalle. The tournament field rolled 3 individual and 6 baker games with total pin count deciding the champion. Expectations were high for the team, as last year’s squad came home with first place over Oak Hills and Miamisburg.
St. X looked like they were heading in that direction once again, as they were in 6th place after the first of three individual games. That game was a 940 total score for the Bombers, led by Junior Garrett Litzinger’s 224 and Junior Zach Littelmann’s 194. The Bombers peaked in the first game, as they had a hard time adjusting to the lanes as they broke down. In game 2, Zach Littelmann continued to contribute to the team, this time by the way of a 212 (557 series). Zach was a good name to have this game, as Sophomore Zach Saupe stepped up to a 191. With their total being only 901, St. X fell further back into the field. Fortunately, many other teams also had issues transitioning as the lanes dried up. In the third game, Sophomore Jeremy Roenker bowled his best of the day, a 222. Garrett Litzinger also stepped up this game, as he bowled a 182 to finish his 552 series. This low game of 879 dropped the Bombers to 10th place and a little over 300 pins off the lead before bakers, totaling 2,720. The top 3 heading into bakers were Wayne 3,088, Fairfield 2,925, and Mason 2,916.
Making up those 348 pins was going to be difficult, but it seemed even less likely after starting off with scores of 159 and 163. The Bombers made up for their past mistakes however, as they scored 222 and 240 in the two middle baker games. Despite finishing bakers on a low note, 148 and 189, St. X finished 7th among the field in bakers with a total of 1,121 (187 average). The three best teams in bakers were Wayne, 1,289, Elder 1,206, and Oak Hills 1,200. After getting first in both individuals and bakers, it looks like the reigning state champs (Wayne) will be formidable again this season after taking first place by a significant margin (4,377 total). Oak Hills and Elder rounded out the podium with total scores of 4,113 and 4,105.
After finishing ahead of GCL rival LaSalle (14th place finish) at the Big Blue Challenge, the Bombers prepare for their match-up at Brentwood Bowl on Tuesday, December 6 at 7PM in what will certainly be the most important match for the team thus far.
-Jacob Russell ('18)