The Lane to victory wasn't easy on Thursday night. The Wildcats of Oxford would battle the Raiders of North Farmington at Perfect Score Bowling center. The Raiders boys team was 4 and 0 on the season and their girls team was 3 and 1.
The boys split baker games with the Raiders. The Wildcats would have a 6 to 4 lead going into Match play. In match play game 1 the Wildcats made mistake after mistake. They missed 9 makeable spares in the first half of the contest. North Farmington was bowling well, and the Cats were down late in the game. The Oxford team stayed calm and turned it on in the final 2 frames. They tossed 14 strikes in the final 20 frames to steal the victory in game 1 1037 to 1018. Game 2 the Wildcats eliminated most of the mistakes and won 1067 to 958 and sealed the match 22 to 8.
Bowling well was Zach Barrows with games of 245 and 235. Also scoring well was Collin Massie with a 216, Justin Sisson a 211 and Luke Acton had a 234.
This moves the Varsity team to a 4 and 0 record.
"The Raiders team bowled very well and pushed us to the brink tonight. We were sloppy making to many mistakes but rallied like champs late. We have to clean up the missed frames if we want to reach our goals. We really threw good shots but couldn't carry and when that happens you really must count on your spare shooting. North Farmington is a good team and this is a good win." - Head Coach JR Lafnear
The girls mirrored the boys splitting baker games and having a 6 to 4 lead entering baker games. They to trailed the Raiders the entire match until late in the contest, Then the Wildcats came to life. Mya Bruno had 4 marks in the last four frames, Ashley Bales tossed 5 strikes in a row, Lily Boothe threw 3 strikes in the last four frames and when Anchor bowler Grace Meyer finished with 3 strikes late the Wildcats had pulled out a 863 to 860 victory. The girls used that momentum to win 4 of the next 5 matches and seal the match victory 22 to 8.
"These young ladies are fighters. They really showed some guts tonight pulling that first game out. The North Farmington team is the best team they've bowled this year and they stepped it up. The exciting part is they still have a lot of room to grow and I think they are starting to believe they are a good team."
The girls are now 3 and 0 on the season.