Coming off of a 5th place finish at the Centerville Elks Invitational, the Bombers had their first home match against the Butler Aviators of the GWOC on Monday November 28th. Butler looked to win their third straight contest against St. X since the teams started playing each other in the 2016 season.
Senior Jared Tuerck and junior Jeremy Roenker led their squad to a 939 total in the first individual game with scores of 229 and 207, respectively. The low score for the Bombers in the first game was a 126 after there were two substitutions in that spot. Butler came out swinging in their first game with a 1,097 total and high games from senior Noah Detrick (245) and junior Aaron Seelbaugh (244).
St. X made up for their first individual game with a score of 1,188 in the second individual game that set the school record. The previous record was a 1,162 total at Northwest in 2013. The previous high individual round at Brentwood Bowl was shot in 2009 (1158). It couldn’t have been done without Roenker’s 257 (63rd best in team history), for a 464 series (64th best in team history), senior Zach Littelmann’s 248 (447 series), and senior Garrett Litzinger’s 247. That new school record aside, the Aviators didn’t back down from the extra pressure on them. They matched the Bombers with a 1,039 total for the second individual game, led by junior Drew Sacks’ 248. Heading into bakers, Butler held a 9 pin lead over the Bombers of 2,136 to 2,127.
During bakers, Butler pulled ahead of the Bombers. They totaled 908 and averaged 227 in their four bakers games compared to St. X’s total of 743 and average of 186. The Aviators prevailed over the Bombers by the final score of 3,044 to 2,870. St. Xavier plays against Badin at Northwest Lanes at 4pm on Thursday, November 30.
The 2870 score by the Bombers is 18th best in team history.