No doubt about it: The Los Angeles entries in the Professional Bowlers Assn. League are on a roll.
Last year the L.A. X and the Silver Lake (Calif.) Atom Splitters finished in the bottom half of the eight-team league. But the 2014 season is proving to be a different story.
The X opened the season by defeating the BROOKLYN STyLES, 4-2, in one of the four single-elimination first-round matches.
And the Atom Splitters followed the X’s lead by squashing the Dallas Strikers, 5-1, in another first-round match – shown Sunday on ESPN.
Chris Barnes, the Atom Splitters’ franchise player, led the way with a scintillating performance in the singles match against Norm Duke.
Barnes made a run at a perfect game, logging nine straight strikes before leaving the 4-6-7 split in the 10th frame. He finished with a blazing 265.
Duke, the Strikers’ team captain and team manager, struggled through the first five frames and gave way to Rhino Page for the rest of the game. The Strikers’ duo finished with a 208, well behind Barnes’ score.
Silver Lake will face in the semifinals the winner of the Philadelphia Hitmen-Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits match, which will be shown on ESPN on March 23.