The Mt. Hawley Bowl team inched closer to early leader Safari Bowl with a 29-21 decision in the Bill Mastronardi/Bud Light Masters traveling league on Monday night.
Ryan Driskill led the way for Mt. Hawley with a league-high 743 set on games of 247, 244 and 252 on position-round night at Plaza Lanes in Washington.
Mark Stenger led Safari with a 717, and Brad Moore, the league leader in average at 248, added a 717. That helped the team hold on to a six-point lead after four weeks.
But it was close. Safari won the first game, 926-877. But Mt. Hawley won Game 2, 897-842, and edged Mt. Hawley in Game 3, 886-883, to win total pins by nine pins.
T&D Windshield moved into third place with a 36-14 win over Lannert Chiropractic. Travis Anderson led T&D with a 728, and Bob Baker added a 712.
Driskill, Baker and Luke Morris (Aramak) have the highest individual winning percentage (87.5) in head-to-head matches, all going 28-4. Austin Markley (Sunset Lanes) and Bloomington's Jason Jones (Landmark Lanes) are right behind them at 26-6 (81.5).
The league's next session will be at Mt. Hawley Bowl in Peoria on Monday.
SUNSET REUNION: On Wednesday in the Goodtimers League at Sunset Lanes, my team, Sunset Strikers, bowled the Rockin' Rollers, which included Jerry Milam.
It was a reunion of sorts for Milam, who bowled with my current team members — Mike Craig, Terry DePeugh and Mike Jones — last season.
But this year, Milam wanted to get his wife, Mary Ann, back on the lanes. So, the Milams teamed up with Eva and Donnie Davis.
We had a pretty competitive match, even though our team won 3-1. Every game was pretty close.
Jones gave us an early edge with an opening 266 in a 675 set, Craig added 631 with closing games of 214 and 235, I chipped in with a 611 that included a 239 middle game, and DePeugh threw in a solid 204 to help us win Game 2.
Donnie Davis was steady with games of 209, 227 and 202 for a 638, and Jerry Milam was also consistent with 209, 190 and 214 for a 613. Mary Ann Milam beat her average the first two games with 143 and 153.
We won the opening game by 30 and Game 2 by 41. But in the last game, Eva Davis rolled her high game of the season at 191 to help the Rockin' Rollers to a 55-pin win. Her last game was so good, her husband needed a late double to beat her scratch.
We might have split with them, but Craig, Jones and I all struck out in the 10th frame of Game 3 to secure total pins.
The scores seemed to be up almost across the board. I didn't see all of the scores, but noticed that Leroy Bland had another strong set at 691, and Larry Wieland had the front nine in Game 2 before a solid 10-pin ended his run. He finished with a 278 game.
Larry Sauter also had the front seven strikes in Game 2 for the league-leading We Still Don't Care team before leaving a 10-pin in the eighth.
Our next match is against the All Stars, whose anchorman Terry Howell joked that he might bring in a couple of bowlers from the "Ghost" team at Striketown to bowl against us.
If he does, at least the subs won't eat any of the cheese and crackers that Sunset has been providing for the league every week.
SENIOR EVENT: The Peoria River City USBC is hosting its annual 50+ handicap tournament at Landmark Lanes, which started a two-weekend run on Saturday.
The tournament for bowlers age 50 and older has squads scheduled at noon and 2 p.m. on both Saturdays and Sundays. There also will be noon and 2 p.m. squads on Wednesday.
Entry fee is $20 per person, per event, and handicap will be 100 percent from a 230 average.
There are six classes: Class A for bowlers age 70 and older; Class B for bowlers 65-69; Class C (60-64), Class D (55-59), Class E (50-54) and Class F for mixed doubles.
JOHNNY CAMPOS is the Journal Star bowling columnist. He can be reached at email@example.com or 686-3214. Read his Spare Change blog at blogs.pjstar.com/sparechange, or follow him on Twitter at @JohnnyCampos59.