It's official; the Lucky 4 win Sunday's Mixed League Championship

From Staff Reports

June 5, 2007 - It took some time, but, as the saying goes - good things come to those who wait - or so it was for the Lucky 4 in the Sunday Mixed League. This team started play on May 13 needing only to tie one of the three games they would bowl against Team 14 to claim the fourth quarter outright, and move into the championship roll-off that same evening. They didn't get the job done, and found themselves in a tie with Team 14 with identical win/loss records of 26-10.

In such cases, the long-standing Sunday league rule has been that ties are broken by total pin-fall for the season. As such, the Lucky 4 was declared winners of the fourth quarter, and went on to bowl in the championship roll-off, which they won. They were champs for about a day. Team 14 protested, having found a rule that requires a roll-off to determine a winner in cases of ties, rather than total pins - so a roll-off was held on May 20.

After the roll-off was over, the Lucky 4 were once again winners of the fourth quarter, which kept everything else that occurred in the original Championship Roll-Off in tact.

The four teams that bowled on May 13 were the Whistle Blowers, the Strikers, the Ladies and Wes, and the Lucky 4. After Game 1, it was all over except for the shouting.

In Game 1, the Lucky 4 posted a 900 scratch, a 936 with handicap. The team averaged 222. Joe Kirkpatrick led the team with a 269, followed by Darreyl Dixon's 237, Carla Dixon's 211 and David Strain's 183.

The Lucky 4's closest competition in Game 1 came from the Strikers who shot a 696 scratch, which grew to an 838 when handicap was added. Michael Burnett led his team with a 232, followed by Nathan Crist's 203, Juan Ayala's 153 and Tina Garces' 108.

The Whistle Blowers finished third after Game 1, posting a 761 scratch series, which grew to a 765 with handicap. The team's top bowler was Alan Roberts who shot a 234, followed by Harold McClure's 195, Tarry Davison's 186 and Chebna McClure's 146.

The fourth place finisher after the first game was the Ladies and Wes. This squad booked a 563 scratch, 756 handicap. Wesley Crist led the group with a 189, followed by Myra Crist and Becky Darden, both of whom shot 140s, and Deborah Crist, who shot a 94.

After Game 2, the Lucky 4 found themselves holding a 172-pin lead over the Strikers, a 246-pin lead over the Whistle Blowers and a 302-pin lead over the Ladies and Wes. Darreyl Dixon led all bowlers in Game 2, shooting a 227. Wife Carla came through with her second 200 game, this one a 202, while Kirkpatrick shot a 208, with Stain hitting a 154.

The Whistle Blowers made a charge in the final game, booking an 831 scratch, 835 handicap, but it was too little, too late. The Lucky 4 defeated the Whistle Blowers by 192 pins overall, the Strikers by 269 pins, and the Ladies and Wes by 369 pins.

It took some time, but that's the way things ended up on Sunday.

Larry Mason writes a column on the bowling leagues at Classic Lanes.

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