Brandon Wachob couldn’t believe his eyes when he looked at the scoring monitor at Eastway Lanes in Erie on Saturday night:
An 800 series.
“Honestly, I didn’t know I shot an 800 until we hit the recap button on the scoring monitor,” said Wachob, who threw games of 269, 257 and 278 for an 804 series in the His & Her League.
It was Wachob’s third career 800, and second at Eastway Lanes in the last year.
“I threw the ball well, and fortunately, carried for the most part,” said the left-handed banger. “I want to give a shout out to Machuga’s Next Level Pro Shop and Billy O’Brien for drilling and laying out awesome bowling equipment for me.”
Machuga? Yep. Erie bowling legend Mike Machuga — a two-time Professional Bowlers Association tour winner — took over the pro shop operations at Plaza Lanes a year ago.
A Cat prediction: Wachob will have more headlines this year, either with a 300 game or another 800 series. He has that look in his eyes this season.
Super sub Williams
Savvy veteran kegler Mark Williams — who threw his first career 300 game last season — might sub in the Saturday Keglers League at Lost Lanes more often.
Sandwiching a 278 between 257 and 225 games, the normal Cochranton Lanes’ heavy-hitting Williams grabbed the attention of the Cambridge Springs bowlers by throwing a 760 series.
Great job, Mark!
Super subs, Part II: Boyfriend/girlfriend tandem Tyler Barnes and Britney Holben made a lot of noise last Friday in the Mixed Nuts League at Plaza Lanes.
Barnes — fresh off his 812 series two weeks ago in the Commercial League at PL — was locked and loaded again, throwing games of 269, 248 and 232 for a 749 series.
The right-hander was sweating though — his girlfriend nearly beat him.
Also, opening with a 269 game, the right-handed Holben followed with 233 and 226 games for a 728 series.
Great job, Tyler and Britney! Keep an eye on this pair this season.
Other high rollers:
Cochranton Lanes — Jim Frye used to hit sizzling line drives in his stellar modified softball career in the Franklin League. He is now smashing the 1-2 pocket at the Cochranton bowling establishment. Outdueling the Barnes brothers (Andrew and Tyler), Lee Duck and Ryan Williams, Frye fired the lone 700 series in the Pioneer League with a 726. His games were 244, 225 and 257.
Lakeside Lanes — Don Granda Jr. is getting his game cranked up. Not bowling six months due to a creaky left knee, the left-handed legend tossed his first 700 of the season with a 736 in the Stewart’s Classic League. His games were 236, 279 and 223. “I’m rehabbing from a meniscus tear and sprained MCL,” he said. “I’m struggling to gain my timing back and not hurt the knee any further.” … Bookending 245 games, right-hander Chad Beers was also dominant in the Stewart’s Classic League with a 727. His middle game was 237.
Lost Lanes — The women ruled the action: Continuing her red-hot start to the season, Savannah Custard flirted with a 700 series in the Sunday Mixed League by shooting games of 247, 214 and 228 for a 689 series … Like Granda Jr., Natalie Hanks is showing signs of heating up, too — throwing three 640-plus series with a 649 in the Sunday Mixed League, 643 in Tuesday Nite Ladies League and 641 in Tuesday Mixed League … In Saturday Keglers League action, Kristy Wolf — a former Cat’s Bowler of the Year winner — rolled a 602.
Plaza Lanes — You would think a 741 series would be good enough to grab the series bragging rights, right? Not the case in the Mixed Nuts League. Left-hander Chris Jannazzo crushed the 1-2 pocket, throwing games of 278, 242 and 221 for a 741. Unfortunately, his good buddy, Tyler Barnes — as printed above — was eight pins better with a 749 … Donnie Graham lit ‘em up in the Commercial League with 279 and 248 games for a 739 series … Promising young roller Kayla Card, who throws a lot of strikes at Lin Van Lanes in Titusville according to reports, is beginning to draw a lot of attention in the Mixed Nuts League. Throwing a 223 game, the right-handed Card shot another 600 with a 640. Remember this name, Kayla Card!
Plyler punishes ’em
Young gun phenom Landon Plyler and the 1-3 pocket were best friends recently in the Junior League at Plaza Lanes.
The 12-year-old, right-hander rolled 234 and 239 games for a 679.
Great set, Landon!
Men’s Classic Tournament
The annual Lost Lanes Thanksgiving Men’ Classic will be held Nov. 27-29.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, tournament director Natalie Hanks was forced to add an extra day as she is only allowed to have 42 bowlers per squad.
The qualifying shifts are Nov. 27 at 6 p.m. and Nov. 28 at 1 and 5 p.m. The match-play finals are slated for Nov. 29 at 10:30 a.m. According to Hanks, the top two qualifiers on Nov. 27 advance to the match-play finals.
Entry fee is $85 ($75 for re-entry).