The Butler did it, despite your suspicions that it was Mrs. Lancaster on the lanes with a spare ball - a SpongeBob SquarePants spare ball, that is. Lee Butler captained Julie's Pampered Chef to victory in the single-elimination bracket playoffs on Monday night. The No. 2 seed needed only to knock off Team 4, 545-445, in the semi-finals to advance to the championship match, thanks to byes in the first two rounds of the playoffs. On the other side of the bracket, the top-seeded TJP Shooters narrowly edged out HansonRealEstate.com in the semis, 551-544, despite a 235 game from captain Darrell Hanson.
The finals featured a match-up of former teammates, Butler and Patti Lancaster. The two, along with suspended bowler Juergen Siemers, led TJP Shooters to the first-half title eight weeks ago. However, the reunion on Monday was under very different circumstances. With the title on the line, the atmos- phere was about as warm and cuddly as a Jeff Kent-Barry Bonds meeting at second base. There was Easy Slide tactfully placed in the paths of opposing bowlers and more than a few timely muttered 'Nonnans.'
So when is left, right? Apparently it was on Monday night for the trio of left-handers on Julie's Pampered Chef. The final match came down to the last frame and Chris Bennett, anchor for Julie's Pampered Chef. Bennett clinched the game, 508-491, and title by throwing a strike on his first ball in the tenth frame. Bennett was later voted tournament MVP by the sportswriters on the virtue of his 889 four-game set, which included games of 226 and 204 in the semis and finals, respectively. This was despite the fact that Bennett is a southpaw and uses the left side of the lane, or, according to throngs of sore right-handers, the wrong side of the lane.
The top series of the night belonged to correct-handed Vaughn Karabedian, captain and anchor for Team 6. Vaughn fired games of 218, 244, 198 and 258 for a 918 set. The effort for Karabedian was the third highest series thrown this summer and the second 900 on the Cheetah pattern. Tim Piper, TopGradeConstruction.com, shot 924 back in week four on the Viper pattern and Hanson fired the top series in the league, a 930 on the Cheetah pattern. Hanson also had the high game in the league with a 287 on the Cheetah pattern. Siemers and this writer were second with 276 on the Scorpion and Viper patterns, respectively. On the women's side, Lancaster shot this summer's highest game, a 247, on Monday. Tammy Watt, also of TJP Shooters, had the high series with an 819 on the Cheetah pattern.
The winter season of the league will begin on Sept. 10 at 7:30 p.m. Limited spots are still available, but must be reserved ahead of time. If you are interested in sponsoring the league or an individual team, contact Harvest Park Bowl in Brentwood at 516-1221.