St. X pulled ahead for 2nd place against the Panthers by defending their home lanes by 74 pins. Junior Jared Tuerck helped the Bombers get the first step on Elder with a score of 224, while Sophomore Zach Saupe also contributed to the cause with a 202. The away team saw themselves 48 pins short after the first game despite Juniors Ben Hornback and Alex Clark rolling 199 and 194.
Both teams stayed consistent into game 2, and Jared Tuerck was no exception for the Bombers, as he led the team’s 910 with a 197 of his own (421 series). The Panthers bowled about as well as they did in game 1, but Senior Conner Brocker made up for his 172 in the first game with a 233 (505 series). The score was close at the end of Round 1, as the Bombers held the lead by only 78 pins, 1,848 to 1,770.
The two sides traded blows in the first two bakers. Elder inched towards the home squad, 177-159. Game two was a much different story, as the Bombers made up for the first game and then some, winning by 36 (192-136). With the last half of bakers to go, only 96 pins separated the GCL rivals. The Panthers made things a little more interesting by winning the third game by 47 pins, 226-179. Fortunately though, the Bombers were able to slam the door in the final game by a score of 213-181, capping off the 2,591 to 2,510 victory. This puts St. X in 2nd with a record of 10-6 and Elder just behind with a 9-6 record.
It is going to be a tight race for second place in the GCL, as both squads have at least 2 league games left to play, including a head to head on Thursday, January 26 at Western Bowl at 7pm. Other games include the St. X going up against Moeller on Tuesday, January 31 at Crossgate Lanes at 4pm and Elder going up against LaSalle twice.
-Jacob Russell ('18)