The Pirates bowling squads began the 2015-2016 season with a bang on Tuesday afternoon, taking down Freedom Division rival Holy Cross by identical 4-0 decisions.
The boys made easy work of the Lancers, winning their three games by a pins margin of no less than 98. Cinnaminson took the first game by 98, the second by 150 and the third by 105 pins.
The Pirates picked up the sweep by knocking down the most pins total as a team; 2,520-2,167.
Cinnaminson’s boys trailed briefly in the third game, by no more than 20 pins, but easily rallied to win the game by 105 pins.
After going winless in 17 matches in 2014-2015, the girls started their season off right with a 4-0 victory over the Lancers.
“I am ecstatic about the girls,” head coach Anthony Faltz said. After last season, we had no wins and only one tie. Not only did they win, but they swept their first match.”
“We promised the girls if they walked away with this win, and a sweep, everyone on the bus would sing a song of their choosing a capella on the way home. Every fella was on board with this. So, every fella, including myself, will be singing on the way home.”
The girls won each game by no less than 89 pins. Cinnaminson took game one by 95 pins, game two by 89 pins and game three by 121 pins.
The Pirates secured the 4-0 sweep by knocking down the most pins; 1,988-1,683.
The girls squad led almost all of game one, but had to rally in both the second and third games for the sweep. In the second game, the Pirates had to rally from 20 pins down to win by 89 and had to rally from 20 pins down again to win by 121 pins in what turned out to be a route.
For having a young squad all around, the Pirates sure bowled like experienced bowlers on Tuesday afternoon. The poise was present from start to finish, but the excitement level was definitely high the closer the girls got to their victory.
“A lot of my new players, bowling in competition, it’s new to them for the most part,” Faltz said. “After being more comfortable, getting support from us, they calmed down by the third game. You can see the dynamics of the team. We are like a big family. They support each other. The veterans help the newcomers.”
The boys were paced by Eddie Runquist. Runquist finished with the game high score of 228 and knocked down the most pins for the Pirates with 593.
Paige D’Amato paced the girls side, posting the game high score of 160 and the high pin total of 458.
Both squads return to the alley on Tuesday with a 3:45pm contest against Pennsauken at Laurel Lanes.
“We always review the pros and cons. What was our high points? What do we need to work on? What can we change and how can we get better for the next match? The players know better and know what they need to work on, but they all also know when to ask for help to get better, whether it be from me or Assistant Coach Megan McGinley (CHS 2002).”