Cinnaminson and Maple Shade met at Laurel Lanes on Monday afternoon for the second time this season. The first meeting was not a good one as the Pirates lost on the boy’s and girl’s side by 3-1 scores.
Monday was a much different story as the boy’s tied 2-2 and the girl’s won 3-1. This might not seem like much, except for the fact that both squads lost their opening games on the day.
“It was a big game for both of them,” head coach Anthony Faltz said. “Losing to Maple Shade in the beginning of the season and coming back for the boys to tie was phenomenal.”
“For the girl’s, it’s a really big win for them not only in our league, but our mental game for them too. I always tell them that slow and steady wins the race. A lot of this game is mental. If you start getting too up on yourself or getting too focused on your mistakes, you end up having a bad day. They stuck in, held strong and kept the team together.”
The boys went down big in game one, 991-749 on the strength of a 244 game from Maple Shade’s Dakota Joslin. Despite the big loss, the Pirates did not go quietly.
Game two went to Cinnaminson, 887-844 thanks to a 203 from Eddie Runquist. In game three, the Pirates picked up a 233 from Dillon Siddiqi to win 973-890.
Despite winning two of three games, the Pirates tied for the match with Maple Shade because the Wildcats won total pins 2725-2609. The game one loss by 242 pins is what cost them the total pins victory.
Siddiqi rolled the high game on the day for the Pirates at 233 and Runquist had the high series at 578 pins. The boy’s bowling team is now 7-2-2 on the season.
Faltz talked about what improved for the boys after the game one loss.
“A couple of the bowlers in the beginning for the boys didn’t bowl their averages and they knew it. We spoke in between the first and second games and said we needed to make our spares.”
Just a couple of lanes over, the girl’s bowling team also lost the first game of the day to Maple Shade, 671-633.
Much like the boys, the girls did not let their confidence waver one bit and rebounded to take games two and three by scores of 671-621 and 661-653, respectively.
The Pirates won the total pins category for the day, 1,965-1,945 to take the match by a 3-1 count. The girl’s bowling team is now 7-3-1 on the season.
“The girls needed to get into the game and focus on what they do best,” Faltz said about what changed from game one to the final two games of the match.
“It’s not always about making strikes all the time. A lot of times it just needs to be a clean game. That’s what they pulled off, a clean game, and they got rewarded for it with the win.”
Game three came down to the final ball from the Pirates final bowler, Paige D’Amato. D’Amato needed to pick up a spare to tie the game at 653 after Maple Shade’s Tayler Buecheler rolled her final ball.
D’Amata did just that and then some. The spare in the 10th frame gave her one more ball to throw and it picked up eight pins to secure the game three and match wins.
Courtney D’Amato rolled the high game for the Pirates on the day with a 177 and the high series at 428 pins.
The Pirates return to the lanes on Tuesday with an away match against Northern Burlington at Thunderbird Lanes at 3:45pm.