COLUMBUS — The Washington Blue Lion boys varsity bowling team was in action at the Columbus Square Bowling Palace for the Pioneer Baker Bash on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022.
The boys had to roll 16 qualifying baker games and finish among the top eight teams to advance.
They rolled games of 180, 163, 170, 207, 207, 140, 189, 231, 170, 233, 203, 227, 155, 212, 233, 144 for a total pin count of 3,064.
Out of 32 teams the Blue Lions qualified in fifth place. Advancing to bracket play, the Blue Lions faced off against the No. 4 seeded team, Miami Trace. In bracket play, the team with the best 2 out 3 baker games advances. The Blue Lions took the first 2 baker games, 235 to 169 and 171 to 160, eliminating Miami Trace, and moving on to the top 4 where they would face off against the No. 1 seed Beavercreek.
Again, in the best two out of three baker games match, the Blue Lions won the first 193 to 183, and Beavercreek won the second 199 to 231. In a hard-fought battle the Blue Lions came up short in the third baker game with scores of 194 to 222. Beavercreek moved on to ultimately win the tournament.
“I’m very proud how the team bowled at the Pioneer Baker bash,” Washington head coach Buckie Caulley said. “(It was) a gruelling 16-game qualifier and they stayed mentally focused throughout the tournament. Facing and beating Miami Trace in the top eight finals was something this team needed to gain more confidence in their bowling abilities.
“We have a young, inexperianced team and I saw the team gel together throughout this experience,” Caulley said. “I’m just very proud of this team as they faced a lot of very tough competition at the Pioneer Baker Bash.”