Fairfield bowlers test conference tourney lanes
WASHINGTON, Iowa — The Trojan bowlers got their first look at the site of this year’s Southeast Conference tournament competing at Melody Lanes in Washington Saturday.
Fairfield took one of the two varsity matches from their Southeast Conference rivals, picking up a 2505-2368 victory over the Washington boys but falling just short in girls’ action 2297-2282.
Fairfield’s boys needed a few games to adjust to the new venue, as not one player scored at or above their averages in the first games. They came back in a big way in the first round’s second game, led by a 267 game from senior Brady Hammes, and carried their momentum into the baker games for the victory.
“It was good to see them make some adjustments and rebound to the level of play they are capable of,” Fairfield head coach Lisa Greenig said.
Hammes started his 267 game with a spare and followed with eight consecutive strikes. He finished the game — which was a high not only for the day but for Fairfield this season — with an 8, spare and 9 in the 10th frame. Hammes’ series score of 385 also was a team-high for Fairfield Saturday.
Trojan teammates Andrew Chatfield (339) and Cody Craff (320) provided Hammes with much needed help, scoring games of 203 and 197, respectively. Chatfield also converted a 5-6 split in his second game.
Fairfield seniors Ben Hull (331) and Gabe Hull (322) also scored for Fairfield, and senior Jacob Adam posted an alternate score of 304.
The Trojans, who led 1697-1636 after the first round, out-bowled Washington 808-732 in the baker games. They led off baker competition with a 190 game and never trailed the Demons the rest of the way.
In varsity girls’ competition, the Fairfield girls initially took a 95-pin lead and were on top 1607-1512 after round one. Senior Alyssa Chatfield led all bowlers with a series score of 385 to finish 59 pins above her average, while Megan Harris was 65 pins above her season average with a 333 series.
Also for Fairfield in the first round, Kristen Terrell had a 297 series and Madelyn Swan converted a 3-10 split on her way to scoring 296. First-year senior bowler Jenna Nelson also bowled a 296 to score for Fairfield, and her series was 74 pins above her average. Fairfield’s lead-off bowler, Tracy Andermann, finished with a 266 series. Her 157 game also was 43 pins above her season average.
“The varsity girls bowled extremely well in round one. Eleven of the team’s 12 scores were above individual averages,” said Greenig.
Washington caught the Trojans in the second round, though, as the visitors notched seven splits in the five baker games. Washington out-scored Fairfield 785-675 in baker competition to earn the 15-pin victory.
“The girls are learning the importance of spares and getting a good count after sparing,” Greenig added.
Although Washington was unable to field a JV lineup, Fairfield’s JV players filled in the empty spots and finished the regular season in strong fashion.
Senior Randy Andermann posted the top JV series of the day with games of 163 and 154. Junior Jacob Dunn rolled a series of 306, which was 46 pins above his season average, while junior Wyatt Stark finished with a 294 series. Cheyten Johnson (280), a senior, and sophomore Kenneth Boughner (274) also scored for Fairfield.
Fairfield freshman Abby Adam also rolled a personal best game of 137 as part of a 243 series.
“This was the last opportunity for junior varsity bowlers to bowl in competition,” Greenig said. “I was pleased with how well they bowled.”
Fairfield returns to Washington next Saturday for the conference tournament, where they will take on the host Demons, Keokuk and Mount Pleasant. Start time for the varsity-only event is set for 1:30 p.m.
Fairfield @ Washington
Varsity Boys: Fairfield 2505,
ROUND 1 — Fairfield: Andrew Chatfield 339 (136, 203), Cody Craff 320 (123, 197), Jacob Adam 304* (147, 157), Ben Hull 331 (169, 162), Brady Hammes 385 (118, 267), Gabe Hull 322 (163, 159), Total 1697; Washington 1636
ROUND 2 (BAKER) — Fairfield: 808 (190, 152, 185, 130, 151); Washington: 732 (118, 152, 114, 199, 149)
Varsity Girls: Washington 2297,
ROUND 1 — Fairfield: Tracy Andermann 266* (109, 157), Jenna Nelson 296 (167, 129), Kristen Terrell 297 (145, 152), Madelyn Swan 296 (152, 144), Megan Harris 333 (146, 187), Alyssa Chatfield 385 (205, 180), Total 1607; Washington 1512
ROUND 2 (BAKER) — Fairfield: 675 (122, 142, 121, 166, 124); Washington: 785 (169, 143, 181, 145, 147)