Junior YaYa Gonzalez and freshman Johanna Chumley stepped up their games yesterday, enough so to lead the Sunnyside High School girls bowling team to its first victory of the season after opening with eight consecutive losses.
Hosting the Ellensburg Bulldogs at Sunnyside's Valley Lanes, the Lady Grizzlies came away with the win based on total pinfall. The two teams scrapped to a 2-2 tie, but the victory went Sunnyside's way when the tiebreaker formula came into play...the total number of pins dropped by each squad. The final pinfall had the Lady Grizzly keglers with a 1,623 total, compared to Ellensburg's tally of 1,538.
Yesterday's win, besides being Sunnyside's first of the season, avenged a 3-1 loss to the Bulldogs in Ellensburg back in late November.
Gonzalez and Chumley both topped the two-game 300 series mark for Sunnyside yesterday. Ellensburg's top two-game series was turned in by senior Kelsi Kjorsvik, that being a 290.
The Bulldogs took the early lead in Thursday's match by winning a squeaker in game one, 667-651. Both, Kjorsvik and teammate Shanielle Bennett rolled 150's to lead Ellensburg to the opening game victory. All five of the Lady Grizzly scores in the first contest were within 21 pins of one another, ranging from a high of 139 tossed by junior Larisa Sagarnaga to a low of 118 rolled by junior Amanda Villarreal.
Sunnyside made up major ground on the Bulldogs with a dominating 711-635 victory in game two. Gonzalez and Chumley proved to be the heavy hitters for the Lady Grizzlies that contest, recording individual efforts of 177 and 176, respectively. Rounding out the game two scores for Sunnyside were Sagarnaga with a 130, Villarreal with a 119 and senior Sandra Ramirez with a 109.
Ellensburg couldn't get anything higher than a 140 in game two, that recorded by Kjorsvik.
The Lady Grizzlies forged a 2-1 lead in the match when they claimed the first of the two Baker games, 145-101.
In Baker bowling, instead of having all five girls throw individual games, the five team members alternate taking shots in a 10-frame match.
Ellensburg won the second Baker contest by a 135-116 score to square the match at 2-2. That sent the outcome to total pinfall, which was in Sunnyside's favor.
The Lady Grizzly bowling team (1-8) has five regular season matches remaining, but won't compete again until after the first of the year.