PLAINVIEW, N.Y. - - The steady improvement of the Wilmington University women's bowling team in year two of existence culminated in a pair of separate Baker Match Tournaments to round out the 2017-18 regular season at the Molloy College Invitational at the AMF Plainview Lanes on Saturday and Sunday.
The Wildcats finished sixth out of 10 teams in Saturday's five Baker Matches while leading most of the afternoon on Sunday before finishing fourth overall in five more Baker Matches.
On Saturday, the team went 1-4 in Baker Matches, defeating New Jersey City, 903-741, with a day's high score.
The Wildcats came out hot on Sunday, defeating Medaille, St. Peter's, Molloy and St. Thomas Aquinas in their first four matches. They led the pack of 10 teams through their first four matches, picking up scores of 908, 861, 908, and 815. They dropped the final match of the day to Franklin Pierce, 878-766, to drop to fourth in the final standings.
Rachel Hirst led the Wildcats with a second straight All-Tournament Team selection on Sunday, finishing with an 18.82 Baker Frame Average. Hirst went 20-for-21 on single pin spare conversions on Sunday as well.
Bailey Peters bowling an 18.02 Baker frame average while Clare Chaffer finished with a 17.18 Baker frame average. Malia Stout was fourth on the team with a 16.20 Baker frame average while Sinoda Cook rounded out the Wildcats with a 15.22 Baker frame average.
Although the regular season is complete, the Wildcats will compete in the East Coast Conference Tournament to wrap up the 2017-18 schedule. The first day of the postseason tournament starts on Friday, March 23 at Port Jeff Bowl in Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.
Molloy College Invitational
Day 1 – Baker Matches
6th of 10 teams
Match 1 – L – Franklin Pierce – 887-872
Match 2 – L – LIU Post – 810-798
Match 3 – W – New Jersey City – 903-741
Match 4 – L – Daemen – 922-880
Match 5 – L – Adelphi – 920-848
Day 2 – Baker Matches
4th of 10 teams
Match 1 – W – Medaille – 908-830
Match 2 – W – St. Peter's – 861-783
Match 3 – W – Molloy – 908-833
Match 4 – W – St. Thomas Aquinas – 815-508
Match 5 – L – Franklin Pierce – 878-766
Rachel Hirst – 18.82 Baker Frame Average – All-Tournament Team
Bailey Peters – 18.02 Baker Frame Average
Clare Chaffer – 17.18 Baker Frame Average
Malia Stout – 16.20 Baker Frame Average
Sinoda Cook – 15.22 Baker Frame Average