The Bowling Bombers played host to the LaSalle Lancers on Wednesday, December 5 at Brentwood Bowl. In this week's Enquirer poll, the Lancers and Bombers were both voted 4th. The Bombers came into the match trailing in the overall series 14 to 31.
In game 1, the Bombers were paced by sophomore Jaxon Tuerck's 223 and senior Zach Littelmann's 196. LaSalle was led by Jacob Toelker with a 226 (401 series) and Michael Fields throwing a 194. LaSalle and St. Xavier cleared the benches on lanes 7 and 8 to throw a 124 to 138 respectfully. St. Xavier would push to an early lead of 926 to 891.
The Bombers and Lancers would struggle as the lanes broke down in game 2. The Bombers turned to senior Jared Tuerck for a 215 (398 series), Jaxon Tuerck with a 193 (416 series), and junior Ben Behimer throwing a 180 (366 series). The Lancers' Noah Blessing rolled a 221 for a 411 series and Michael Fields rolled a 216 for a 410 series. Lanes 7 and 8 would probe to be even more problematic with the Lancers rolling a 116 and the Bombers throwing a team effort of 132. The Bombers lead would increase, 1815 to 1756.
In baker games 1 and 2 the Lancers chipped the Bomber lead down to 17 pins with team scores of 202 and 194 to the Bombers 171 and 183. In Game 3, the Bombers would roll 6 strikes in a row to finish with a 246 (35th best in team history) while LaSalle shot a 172. With a 91 pin lead heading into the final game, the Bombers would roll a 161 to the 172 shot by the Lancers to seal the St. Xavier victory by a final score of 2576 to 2496.
With the win, the Bombers move to 2-1 overall and 1-0 in the GCL South while the Lancers fall to 1-1 and 0-1 in the GCL South. In the other GCL South match on the night, the Elder Panthers beat the Moeller Crusaders 2832-2396 leaving Elder and St. X tied at the top. The Bombers travel to Western Bowl on Sunday for the Holiday Classic tournament where they look to improve on their 4th place finish from last season.