The Los Angeles X selected Professional Bowlers Assn. Tour rookie E.J. Tackett and the Silver Lake (Calif.) Atom Splitters picked 2003 United States Bowling Congress Masters champion Bryon Smith during the PBA League draft Sunday night.
The draft added a fifth member to each of the eight league teams for the 2014 season. The teams drafted in reverse order of how they finished during the 2013 inaugural season.
The event was held at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas.
The Atom Splitters picked third and the X fourth. Neither team was among the four teams that advanced to last season’s Elias Cup finals to determine the league champion.
On Smith, Atom Splitters manager Mark Baker was quoted in a PBA news release: “We aren’t shy of personalities, so we needed a guy who can hang with our lineup. Byron’s a great talent, can play any part of the lane and he’ll be an asset to our team.”
Smith, a Roseburg, Ore., resident, bowled at No. 4 last season for the Dallas Strikers.
The Atom Splitters’ team looks like this: Chris Barnes at No. 1; Wes Malott at No. 2; Tommy Jones at No. 3; Dom Barrett at No. 4; and Smith at No. 5.
Barnes and Barrett are the lone holdovers from last season’s Atom Splitters. Malott bowled at No. 2 for the X last season and Jones performed at No. 2 for the league champion New York City WTT KingPins.
On the 21-year-old Tackett, X manager Andrew Cain said in a PBA release: “E.J. is definitely an upcoming talent. With all of the experience on our team, E.J. will add a lot of energy. He’s fearless and he isn’t afraid to throw it for the money.”
Tackett, a Huntington, Ind., resident, will be bowling in the PBA league for his first season.
The X’s team looks like this: Jason Belmonte at No. 1; Mika Koivuniemi at No. 2; Parker Bohn III at No. 3; Andres Gomez at No. 4; and Tackett at No. 5.
Belmonte, Bohn III and Gomez are X holdovers from last season. Koivuniemi bowled at No. 2 last season for the Philadelphia Hitmen.
The PBA League’s second season will start Jan. 22 at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich.