Reigning Professional Bowlers Association Player of the Year Sean Rash threw two strikes in the 10th frame to clinch a 225-215 title match victory for his Brooklyn Styles team over the New York City WTT KingPins in the debut of PBA League team bowling on ESPN Sunday at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich.
The Styles held a two-pin lead heading into the 10th frame. After KingPins’ anchor bowler Pete Weber struck and spared in his half of the 10th frame, Rash answered with two strikes to lock up the win.
“It’s a great feeling winning by yourself, but winning as a team never gets old,” said Rash, who served as franchise player for his team and drafted an all-star lineup that included PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr., veteran Tour champion Ryan Shafer, and promising young players Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga and Jason Sterner.
Ciminelli, a 25-year-old left-hander, contributed two strikes in his two chances in the Baker format. The KingPins’ lineup included Jack Jurek of Lackawanna bowling No. 2 and John Szczerbinski of North Tonawanda in the No. 3 slot. Jurek had an open frame and a strike in his two frames while Szczerbinski contributed a pair of spares.