The Safari Bowl team survived a tough position-round match against Maxxx Revs Pro Shop and widened its lead in the Bill Mastronardi/Bud Light Masters on Monday night. But it was close.
Seven of the eight bowlers involved broke 700 for their three games, but the top two series were on Safari's side of the scoring unit.
Brad Moore led the way with a 795 on games of 259, 257 and 279. Rob Johnson added 784 with 287, 258 and 239, and Mark Stenger added722. That helped Safari win the match, 28-22, and extend its second-half lead to 24 points.
Vince Pollard led Maxxx Revs with a 740, Steve Taylor added 738, Harley Bollinger 724 and Tony DeVita 709.
Maxxx Revs won the last game, 1,027-1,021, but Safari won the pinfall total, 2,926-2,911.
The high team set of the night at Linn Lanes was by T&D Windshield, which had games of 1,022, 1,059 and 944 for 3,025, which ranks second in the nation for a four-man team. The 1,059 game missed out on a top-10 spot by three pins.
T&D's previous high team series was 2,996, which ranks fifth in the nation, according to the USBC web site.
Bob Baker had games of 300, 279 and 223 for an 802 set to lead T&D. Dan Lee, who had a 781 the previous week at Landmark Lanes, added a 780 (257, 257, 266), Travis Anderson 753 (226, 288, 239), and Adam Burnette 690.
CENTURY MARK: It took a while, but Eddie Flanigan finally broke through for his 100th perfect game last week at Landmark Lanes.
"I shot No. 99 sometime in August or late July, then I had five or six 299s," he said. "The thing is, I was leaving 9-pins, 7-pins, 10-pins — all really good shots, so no big deal.
"Then I started getting into 298, two 297s, and then a 295 (leaving the 3-4-6-7-10). I knew that was going to be a bad shot, because I clipped my ankle a little bit and really grabbed it (the ball)."
So Flanigan, who uses a two-handed delivery, started to wonder when it was going to happen. It turns out, all he needed was a break from the game.
"I took two weeks off, and didn't practice," he said. "The first game back I throw the ball like garbage and shoot 240-something.
"So Mark Walker says, 'Aren't you going to try tonight?' just goofing around. So I said I was going to really focus like a tournament for the next two games, and then I shoot the 300."
ON A ROLL: One of the hottest bowlers in the area has been Austin Markley. In the past three weeks, the 21-year-old has rolled three 800 series, and in an eight-day span had three perfect games.
In the past three weeks at the Caterpillar Accounting league, Markley has had series of 815, 821 and 805 at Landmark Lanes.
He rolled a 300 on Feb. 15, then had a trey two days later in the Pekin City Tournament at Sunset Lanes. Then this past Friday, Markley opened a 701 set with his 10th career 300. He has been using a Roto Grip Show Off ball.
In the Pekin City Tournament, Markley rolled a 784, and doubles partner Sammy Taylor Jr. added 759 for a 1,534 scratch set.
Markley had games of 259, 300 and 225, while Taylor rolled 243, 279 and 259. The 579 second game is the highest two-man team game in the nation this season.
MORE HONOR SCORES: At Mount Hawley Bowl, Cole Betts recently rolled his first 800 series, an 802, on games of 289, 268 and 245.
He found out that his father, Ed, has not had an 800 series yet, so Cole beat him to it.
On Thursday, also at Mount Hawley, Bobby Davis rolled an 804 set on games of 300, 267 and 237.
Larry Bridgeman rolled a 300 game during the Pekin City Tournament, and then rolled an 824 series on Thursday night in league.
JOHNNY CAMPOS is the Journal Star bowling columnist. He can be reached at 686-3214 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @JohnnyCampos59.