The East Hampton boys bowling team pulled off the upset of the week in League V when it defeated previously unbeaten Eastport South Manor 22-11 on Thursday at East Hampton Bowl. The victory came on the heels of a 20-13 win over Southampton, also at East Hampton Bowl—which is the home bowling alley for both teams—on December 16. The Bonackers are now 4-1 in League V, while the Sharks fell to 5-1 with the loss. The loss to East Hampton was the only match of the week for the Mariners, who own a 2-3 record in league matches.
Westhampton Beach is still seeking its first victory of the season after falling to 0-6 in League V with losses to both Southold and Mt. Sinai last week.
The Bonackers came out firing on all cylinders in their match against ESM, rolling their highest total of the season in the first game to outscore the Sharks 1,026-933. East Hampton won the second game, 881-841, and dropped the third game, 828-790, but finished with a 2,697-2,602 lead in total wood.
Mike Rawleigh led East Hampton with a 620 series and a high game of 226, while the Sharks were led by Anthony Rotondo, who had a 616 series with a high game of 235. Andrew Payne had a 573 series for the Bonackers with a high game of 215 while teammate Michael McCarthy had a 554 series with a high game of 237. ESM’s Anthony Ricci bowled a 563 series with a high game of 203.
Against a much-improved Southampton team, East Hampton prevailed 20-13, losing the first game, 971-958, before winning the next two games by scores of 825-753 and 904-823. The Bonackers held a 2,687-2,547 lead in total wood.
Alex Green led East Hampton with a 619 series with a high game of 215 while Luke Powers led Southampton with a 601 series and a high game of 258. Brian Pfund bowled a 565 series with a high game of 209 for East Hampton while Southampton’s Tom Rose bowled a 562 series with a high game of 224 and teammate Eric Miller bowled a 525 series with a high game of 203.
Southampton head coach Peter Liubenov said he’s hoping his team can learn how to sustain the hot starts it often has in its matches.
“The match against East Hampton was just another tough one we need to learn from,” Liubenov said. “Similar to our other tough loss to Eastport South Manor, we took the first game, but didn’t keep the momentum.”
The Bonackers will travel to Port Jefferson Bowl to take on Rocky Point on January 6 at 4 p.m. and will host Mt. Sinai on January 8 at 3:30 p.m.
The Mariners were scheduled to host Southold on Monday in a match that ended after deadline and will host Westhampton Beach on January 8 at 3:30 p.m.
Sharks Slip Past Eagles
Before its loss to East Hampton, ESM slipped past Rocky Point by the narrowest of margins, winning 17-16 on December 17 at Port Jefferson Bowl in a match that was decided by just 10 pins. The Sharks lost the first two games by scores of 848-811 and 900-866, but rallied for a big win in the third game, 847-766, which gave them a 2,524-2,514 edge in total wood.
Mark Furia bowled a 560 series to lead ESM in the win.
The Sharks will host Westhampton Beach at Shirley Bowl on January 6 at 3:30 p.m. and will face Southold at the Wildwood Lanes on January 8 at 4 p.m.
Westhampton Beach suffered a 22-11 loss to Southold on December 16 at the Wildwood Lanes and took a 24-9 loss to Mt. Sinai at the same location on December 17. Against Southold, the Canes won the first game, 841-828, before dropping the next two games by scores of 882-767 and 966-885. Southold had a 2,676-2,493 advantage in total wood.
Zach Laub bowled a 598 series for Westhampton Beach with a high game of 214 in that match.
Against Mt. Sinai, the Canes lost the first two games by scores of 869-796 and 839-774 before winning the final game, 867-809. The Mustangs held a 2,517-2,437 lead in total wood.
Francesco Legozzo had an outstanding match for Westhampton Beach, bowling a 716 series with consistently high games of 245, 224 and 247. Laub bowled a 580 series in that match with a high game of 235.
Westhampton Beach will visit Eastport South Manor at Shirley Bowl on January 6 at 3:30 p.m. and will visit Southampton on January 8 at 3:30 p.m.