The battle for the League V bowling title was most likely decided this past Tuesday, January 22, at the Shirley Bowl. Eastport South Manor was slated to host East Hampton, and the outcome of the match will decide who wins the league title, for all intents and purposes.
Going into the match, ESM was in first place with 224.5 points in 24 games bowled, while the Bonackers sat in second with 207.5 points in 24 games bowled. Rocky Point was third (194 points in 27 games) and the rest of the teams—Southampton, Westhampton Beach and Southold—were far behind, with less than 90 points each.
East Hampton beat the Sharks in their first meeting of the season at the East Hampton Bowl, but if the Sharks even the series, they will likely jump too far ahead in the standings for the Bonackers to catch up. Both teams will finish up the regular season with matches against two of the weaker opponents—East Hampton will take on Westhampton Beach and ESM will battle Southampton—and they are each expected to win big in those matches, essentially making the results meaningless.
The silver lining for both teams is that regardless of who wins that last match, they will both more than likely finish one and two in the standings, which means they will earn a trip to the Suffolk County Tournament slated for Saturday, February 2, at the Sayville Lanes.
Dominant wins by both teams set up the showdown for the league title. ESM beat Southold, 32-1, on January 15 and defeated Rocky Point 29.5-3.5 two days later. East Hampton enjoyed a 31-2 win over Southampton on January 17.
The Sharks held a 2,812,-2,272 lead in total wood against Southold, and beat Rocky Point 2,992-2,416 in that department. Jake Johnson rolled a 665 series with a high game of 247 against Rocky Point, and Brian O’Sullivan rolled a 650 series and a high game of 223 in that match. Doug Pinelli rolled a 616 against Rocky Point and a 600 against Southold, while Dallas Hayes rolled a 596 series against Southold and a 555 against Rocky Point.
ESM head coach Charles Ferro said that winning by a wide margin over third-place Rocky Point was a big boost for his team.
“Winning with that score helped place us back in the driver’s seat for the league title,” he said.
Although his team is virtually assured a spot in the county tournament, Ferro said it is intent on staying in first place.
“Our goal is to win the league again this year and we will not be happy with anything less than this as an outcome,” he said.
In the win over Southampton, Gabby Green led the team with a 569 series, while Chris Duran (543), Jacob Grossman (550 series and high game of 266) and Brianna Semb (525) also picked up points for the team. Mike Cenzoprano rolled a 516 to lead Southampton.
ON THE SCHEDULE: Tuesday, 1/22, East Hampton at ESM, 4 p.m. (Shirley Bowl) and Rocky Point at Westhampton, 3:30 p.m. (Wildwood Lanes); and Thursday, 1/24, ESM at Southampton, 4 p.m. (Wildwood Lanes) and Westhampton at East Hampton, 3:30 p.m. (East Hampton Bowl).