BOWLING: Pitcock rolls off season's high series

April 30, 2013 

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SUN-STAR PHOTO BY MARCI STENBERG Don Surdich, bowling columnist COLSIG

MARCI STENBERG — Merced Sun-Star

Randy Pitcock, 22, rolling in the Monday Night Merchants league roll-offs, rolled the league high series, association high series, and his career high series with a 803.

Pitcock had games of 237, a 278, and finished with a super 288. His team (Fist Bump) took third place in the roll-offs.

Pitock just returned recently from doing a stint in the U.S. Army. He used to bowl at Bellevue, then switch to Castle Lanes, and now is back at Bellevue with the closing of Castle Lanes.

His highest series to date was a 790 rolled at Castle. He has a perfect game to his credit that he rolled in 2009. He finished the league with a 191 average. He could be the youngest bowler in our association to ever roll a 800 series. Great bowling, Randy.

Pro-am bowlers

Black Oak Lanes is hosting their 8th annual PBA West Regional in the Battle of Black Oak Casino this weekend, starting with the pro-am on Friday at 6:30 p.m. An entry fee of $150 will get you a new Hammer Arson Hybrid ball, and a Hammer t-shirt. Or you can enter for $50 and receive a Hammer t-shirt.

Last year Jim Hamilton rolled in the pro-tam and received a new Hammer. Past champion PJ Haggerty is rolling as are Chris Warren, winner of six regional titles, Ross Packard, the winner of 42 regional's, and Will Garber of Modesto, the regional Rookie of the Year last year. Drive up and see these pro's in action. Action starts Saturday at 8 a.m.

Senior no-taps

McHenry Bowl senior no-tap singles is set for 1 p.m this Friday. As usual, they have a pot-luck lunch at noon, sign-ups at 12:30 p.m. Entry fee is $15. Black Oak Lanes has moved their senior no-tap to 1 p.m. on May 10 due to the PBA West Regional on May 3-5. Entry fee is $15, and coffee, cookies, and popcorn are served during the afternoon.

League champions

Another team was crowned as in the Monday Night Merchants Handicap league. The Other Team led by Sean McCulloch defeated the Killer Bees for the championship. Team members with their average were Mireille Smith (127), Mike Young (176), Geral Smith (155), and McCulloch with a 221 average. McCulloch had the men's high league average with the 221, Peggy Docherty lead the women's with a 179 average.

Close finish

The closest finish in the Commercial Classic league in recent years was on Wednesday night as D & F Rental needed one win in the final round to take the Wild Card to the finals. They won three games. Merced Medical Center needed to win won four games to have a shot to the finals, and they did. D & F Rental took the Wild Card with total wins of 80½ to 78 over Merced Medical to advance to the playoffs for the first time ever.

Friendship doubles

Bellevue Bowl was packed with women 500 club members from Stockton, Fresno, Hanford, Modesto, Oakhurst, Sacramento, and Madera/Chowchilla for the Merced/Atwater Women's 500 Club annual Friendship Doubles tournament. A total of 36 double team were competing.

Taking first was the team of Joyce Johnson (Delta/Stockton and Julie Frost (Modesto) with 1,538 for $158. The Merced/Atwater club members took second to seventh place.

Coming in second was Niki Aberthany and Sachiko Howard for $129, third had Carol Almeida and Courtney Dahlin for $115, fourth had Mary Hamilton and Cindy Souza for $86, fifth was Patty Harrell and Ashley Danel $72, in sixth was Kim Heller and Deanna Cimmino for $72, and in seventh was Julie Egleston and Caren Thompson for $57. ...

Up next for the club will be a Scotch Doubles tournament that will be open to all USBC bowlers, men and women. It will be held on Sunday, May 19 at 1:30 p.m. at the Atwater bowling center. More on this tourney at a later date.

Don Surdich is the Sun-Star's bowling columnist and can be reached at (209) 777-1111 or via e-mail at

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