NORTH ARLINGTON, NJ - Secaucus defeated Hasbrouck Heights, 5-2, Monday afternoon in a NJIC Bowling match. The Aviators captured the final game in the match, after a lineup change shook up the rotation mid-match.
With leadoff bowler Sean Reyes already scratched due to illness, Ahmad Odey stepped into the lineup for the first time. Odeh came through, bowling nine pins over his average in game one, but the team suffered a 72 pin loss in game one.
Josh Devia was inserted in game 2, and it looked like the Aviators were going to “steal” game two before a disastrous 10th frame allowed the Patriots to sneak by the Aviators with a seven pin win.
Shuffling the lineup once again, George Totonje was inserted into the lineup, and bowled 20 pins higher than his average, while starters Johnny Parker had a season high 174 and anchor Jake Rozsa bowled a 171 to lead the Aviators to a solid 35-pin win over Secaucus. The Patriots captured total wood for a 5-2 victory in the match.
Hasbrouck Heights head coach David Rispoli was disappointed he only came away with two points, but encouraged by the way the team battled.
“I thought for sure that game two would be our only chance to steal a game from them,” said Rispoli. “Little did I know how well we were going to bowl that last game. Josh bowled another game over his average. George bowled 20 pins higher than I anticipated. Johnny had his high game of the season, a 174. It was nice to see Jake being consistent. His 171 was a good way to finish. He also had a season-high 531 series.
“I was very pleased with the effort of the JV kids who stepped up today. They rose to the occasion,“ Rispoli said. “It really was a team effort.”
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