COLONIALS 30, FIRST SETTLERS 3
The Southold boys bowling team has undergone a dramatic change, and that’s not just because some of the team’s more prominent bowlers are girls.
Having lost eight bowlers from last season’s team, including its five starters (ouch!), the First Settlers are in a definite rebuilding mode. With that knowledge, coach Sal Campo may have braced himself for the new season, which started this week with predictable results: one-sided losses to Southampton and William Floyd.
The First Settlers are raw. None of the nine team members, five of whom are girls, are seniors. For many of them, their first taste of varsity bowling has been rough.
Southold opened the season inauspiciously on Monday with a 32-1 loss to Southampton at Wildwood Lanes in Flanders. Southampton swept the three games handily, 729-516, 701-563, 744-607.
Bowling in another League IV match on the same lanes Tuesday, Southold was beaten, 30-3, by William Floyd.
It was an impressive season opener for William Floyd, whose coach, John Romero, said Wildwood Lanes is usually not kind to his team. That wasn’t the case on Tuesday, though, as the Colonials dominated in total wood, 2,985-1,892, and received 600-plus three-game series scores from three bowlers. Chris Trotta, who rolled a 246 in the first game, finished with a 657 series. Brandon Cahill, bowling in the leadoff spot, registered a 628 series with a high game of 229. Pierce Field was model of consistency, stringing together scores of 211, 214 and 218 for a 643 series. Freddy Kaucky added a 522 series.
Trotta and Field delivered 18 strikes each.
Southold was led by Emily Pressler, whose 190 in the third game wrapped up a 536 series. Pressler, a junior, had 10 strikes and 14 spares, both team-high figures.
The First Settlers also received a 398 series from Kaitlyn Kettenbeil and a 385 from Jessica Jerome.