Hawks stand in 2nd after late run on Day 1 of Hawk Classic
MILLSBORO, Del. — The host Maryland Eastern Shore Bowling squad is standing in second place after one day of competition at the Hawk Classic at Millsboro Lanes. The Hawks boast a 4-1 record and a total pinfall of 4,865 (194.6 average) after five Baker matches on Friday.
The Shore closed out the day on a high note smacking around first-place Sam Houston, which had ridden roughshod over the rest of its competition on the opening day. Eastern Shore topped the Bearkats 1,107-1,007 in the final match of the day for both teams. The big score pushed the Hawks from fifth place to second.
Sam Houston was 4-1 on the day as well and had a total pinfall of 5,214 (208.6 average).
The Shore opened with a 980-850 win against Tulane, followed that up with a 959-901 loss to Stephen F. Austin.
The turning point of the day seemed to come in the third match against Kutztown, when Bandy inserted Danielle August, Quianna Macares and Alexandra Hernandez into the lineup to mix things up. In game 3, the trio was part of six-straight strikes and helped key and eventual 910-854 win against the Golden Bears.
Those bowlers had spent some time on the practice pairs and thought they had a feel for what the lanes were giving them. It was that different perspective that helped the rest of the team as the lineup slowly shifted back to the day’s starters.
A win against Central Missouri 967-879, was sandwiched between the Kutztown and Sam Houston victories.
The more pressure the team put on themselves to pick up those spares, the less they came.
The Hawks now turn their attention to Day 2, which features traditional team games.
The Shore starts the day against University of Alabama-Birmingham, then faces Monmouth, St. Francis University (Pa), Long Island University Brooklyn, Franklin Pierce and St. Francis College Brooklyn.