A big time upset has created a big shakeup in the League V boys bowling standings.
On January 20, Southampton (6-5) defeated East Hampton (9-2) 28-5 at East Hampton Bowl. Combined with a win over Southold on Thursday, the Mariners now sit in third place in the league with 219 points in 33 games bowled. The top three teams in the league advance to the Suffolk County Tournament, which will take place at the Sayville Lanes on February 7 at 9 a.m. Standings are based on points rather than record.
The Mariners have just one match left, a showdown with first-place Mt. Sinai (8-3, 246 points in 33 games) at East Hampton Bowl on Thursday, January 29. Eastport South Manor (7-4), the fourth-place team with 201 points in 33 games bowled, will square off against second-place East Hampton—225 points in 33 games—at Shirley Bowl on the same day. If Southampton can keep its point total above that of ESM, it will qualify for the county tournament for the first time in the history of the program, according to head coach Peter Liubenov. The Sharks, meanwhile, will have to come up with a big performance against East Hampton if they want to bounce the Mariners out of the final county spot.
The final matches will also determine whether East Hampton or Mt. Sinai will claim the regular season title.
In the win over East Hampton, the Mariners won all three games with scores of 942-836, 948-799 and 981-932 for a 2,871-2,567 lead in total wood. Eric Miller led Southampton with a 645 series and a high game of 238, while Luke Powers rolled a 609 series, Kristina Knoebel rolled a 589 series, and Kyle Robinson rolled a 536 series.
The Mariners suffered a tough 17.5-15.5 loss to Rocky Point at Port Jefferson Bowl on January 21, winning the first game 847-843, dropping the second game 914-776 and winning the third game 894-822. Rocky Point held a 2,579-2,517 edge in total wood, thanks to its strong effort in the second game.
Powers led Southampton in that match with a 555 series.
The Mariners rebounded on Thursday in their third straight match, beating Southold 30-3 at the Wildwood Lanes. Southampton won all three games with scores of 863-781, 882-824 and 960-771 for a 2,705-2,376 lead in total wood.
Powers led the Mariners once again with a 630 series, while Kyle Robinson rolled a 545 series, Tom Rose rolled a 528 series and Miller rolled a 519 series.
Liubenov said on Monday that he’s thrilled about his team’s chance to make history for the program.
“I’m very excited,” he said. “The East Hampton win was great, and I believe it’s the first time we’ve ever beaten them. The kids have worked so hard and everything they’ve accomplished they did for themselves.”
The Bonackers rebounded from their loss to Southampton by beating last-place Westhampton Beach 28-5 at home on January 21 and getting past Rocky Point 32-1 at home on Thursday. Against Westhampton Beach, East Hampton won all three games with scores of 809-767, 924-754 and 904-869 for a 2,637-2,390 lead in total wood. Andrew Payne led East Hampton with a 564 series, while Brian Pfund rolled a 558 series.
In the win over Rocky Point, the Bonackers prevailed with scores of 876-708, 930-591 and 874-605 for a 2,680-1,904 lead in total wood.
Payne rolled a 607 series for East Hampton in the win.
In their only match of the week, the Sharks suffered a 22-11 loss to Rocky Point, winning the first game 851-785 before dropping the next two games 917-881 and 904-860. Rocky Point held a 2,606-2,592 lead in total wood.
Anthony Rotondo rolled a 544 series to lead ESM, while Anthony Ricci had a 540 series and Nick Michel had a 526 series.
“We are in a tough one and really have no one to blame except ourselves,” ESM head coach Charles Ferro said of his team’s current predicament. “If you were to ask me in the beginning of the season to pick the top three, I wouldn’t have guessed that we would not be there.”
Ferro said he believes that his team will not only need to win against East Hampton in the final match but will need to take 28.5 to assure itself of a trip to the county tournament.
“I give the other teams a lot of credit because they are really stepping it up,” he said. “All we can do is do our best on Thursday and what is meant to be will be.”