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Saxon break tie with Marshall by winning extra Baker game

Hastings senior Abby Zull sends a shot down the alley during her team's Interstate-8 Athletic Conference victory over visiting Marshall at Hastings Bowl Tuesday afternoon. (Photo by Brett Bremer)

Brett Bremer

Sports Editor

A pair of varsity bowling teams can't be much more evenly matched than the Saxons and Red Hawks have been so far this season.

The Hastings varsity boys' bowling team avenged a January loss to the Marshall boys with a 16-15 win at Hastings Bowl Tuesday afternoon, winning an extra Baker game 193-181 after nudging in front of the Red Hawks halfway through the extra contest.

Marshall took a 16-14 win in the first Interstate-8 Athletic Conference match-up between the two boys' teams this season.

The Hastings girls took their second victory of the season over the Red Hawks, 22-8 Tuesday.

It has been a fun winter getting to compete in the Interstate-8 Athletic Conference for the Saxons this winter, after missing out on last year's conference competition.

“We have so many more kids to work with. We have a great group of parents and a great group of coaches. For me, I think we're having a lot more fun this year. It is not as stressful, and we are learning that bowling is fun,” Hastings head coach Deanna Rhodes said.

Cameron Eaton won a pair of match points for the Saxon boys in the regular games, and John Hinkle, Austin Fenstemaker and Kyler Madden took one each. Hinkle had a high-game of 198.

The Hastings boys took the two Baker games to open the afternoon, rolling scores of 191 and 215. The Red Hawks took the two regular matches.

The Saxon girls' team got two match points each from Connie Ricketts and Andrea Rhodes, while Ashland Hoyt and Abby Zull won one each. Hoyt picked up her team-point with a 197 in the opening regular game. Ricketts had scores of 162 and 164 to take her two points.

Ricketts and Zull are a pair of seniors in their first varsity bowling seasons.

The Saxons won both regular games, after splitting the two Baker match-ups with the Marshall girls. Hastings took the two team points for the overall Baker pin-count.

Neither Hastings or Marshall had school Tuesday because of icy morning weather.

“We were praying that they were going to come up here because I knew this was going to be a good night for my kids,” coach Rhodes said.

Hastings was scheduled to host a make-up dual with Lumen Christi yesterday and will be in action at Midway Lanes to face Coldwater this afternoon to close out the conference duals. The Interstate-8 Athletic Conference Tournament will be held at M-66 Bowl Saturday.

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