YAKIMA - Samantha Juarez's 375 two-game series proved to be the difference in the Davis Pirates' slim victory over the Sunnyside High School girls bowling team yesterday afternoon.
Thursday's prep match ended in a 2-2 tie. The Pirates, however, picked up the victory based on total pinfall, tallying a count of 1,729 pins in the four contests compared to Sunnyside's 1,679 total pinfall.
Yesterday's match was staged at Yakima's Minda Lanes. The narrow defeat dropped the Lady Grizzlies' record to 0-3 on the season.
The loss also spoiled a couple of solid performances by Sunnyside senior Shantana Schneider and teammate Johanna Chumley, a junior. Both girls topped the 300 series plateau.
Schneider rolled games of 140-199 to post a team-high 339 series. Chumley was right on her heels with a 334 effort on games of 163-171.
Juarez was the only Davis team member whose two-game series was above 300.
The host Pirates looked like they were going to put away Sunnyside early, as they stormed out to a 776-677 victory in game one. Juarez led the Davis charge with a splashy 200, followed by three individual efforts of 148-148-143 from Gissel Osuna, Monica Uriustigui and Anita Mendoza. Crystal Garcia added a 137 for the game-one winners.
Chumley, Brianna Esqueda and Schneider had performances of 163, 151 and 140 for Sunnyside in the opening game, but Lupe Varela's 119 and Adriana Lopez's 104 allowed Davis to pull away.
Game two was a different story, as the Lady Grizzlies squared the match at one-all by claiming a 722-693 win. Schneider and Chumley's efforts of 199 and 171, respectively, were the keys to the victory. Sunnyside also got performances of 129, 116 and 107 from Lopez, Esqueda and Varela.
Juarez had the top individual effort for the Pirates in the second game loss, a 175.
Davis went back on top in the match with a 135-113 Baker game win in the third contest. Unlike the first two head-to-head match-ups where each member of the five-girl squads bowl complete games, Baker bowling calls for the squad members to alternate taking shots throughout one 10-frame contest.
Sunnyside rallied to square the match at 2-2 with a dominating 167-125 decision over the Pirates in the second Baker game.
Total pinfall was then used to determine the outright winner.
In JV action yesterday Sunnyside received three respectable efforts from Naomi Valencia (128-111), Maria Casas (103-132) and Selina Cisneros (125-98).
The SHS bowling team's next scheduled match is at Eastmont Lanes next Tuesday, Nov. 20, when the Lady Grizzlies will take on Wenatchee.