NORTH ARLINGTON, NJ - Hasbrouck Heights rallied back from a disappointing first game loss to take a 5-2 match win over Wood-Ridge in a key match in the division standings on Monday afternoon. The Aviators won the last two games as well as total wood, to capture the victory. With the Aviators needing to a strong effort to stay on the heels of fourth place Wood-Ridge, and ahead of St. Mary (Rutherford) to stay out of sixth, the Aviators need to win at least four of seven points.
“Today our biggest match of the year,” said coach Dave Rispoli. “I told the boys this as the biggest match of the year and to show me what they are made of.
“Lately it seems to be our M.O. that we start our horribly and get better by the third game,” Rispoli stated. "We actually were only 11 pins under our average the first game. It felt worse because Wood-Ridge bowled so well. They have a very good team this year. Statistically they do have the better team. After the first match, I thought we'd be lucky to win just one game.
“Sean was on a tear again the second game, Rispoli continued. "His 213 was the team high. Jake had a strong finish and ended with a 191. Johnny's 174 was 50 improvement over his first game. Wood-Ridge bowled a solid game, but it's hard to beat a team that bowled 106 pins over their average. Johnny was 46 pins over his average and Sean was 47 pins over his.
"Damiano started the third game leading the way. He was our only bowler to have three marks in the first three frames. Johnny and Jake "struggled throughout the game. Sean was solid and Domiano stepped up and helped carry the team to a big win the last game.
"Today was a total team effort," rispoli said "We have a bye tomorrow. Thursday we start the second half of the season where we face each team again. I am hoping the momentum keeps building. The boys have been getting good at digging themselves out of a hole. It's helping build their character.
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