BALDWIN — Baldwin Bowling Center (BBC) took on first-place Marquette Trails Golf (MTG) in Thursday night action last week and for two games took the match to them. In doing so, BBC tightened up the race by winning 17 points to MTG’s 10 points and narrowing MTG’s lead to 11 points with one week left in the first half.

Brandon Avery’s 693 set with games of 227, 244, and 222 led BBC to the points victory. Supporting Brandon were Ken Jarrett winning three points and Stan Petryna’s two points in their individual matches.

MTG was led by Arnie Morrison’s 652 series with games of 224 and 234.  Morrison won three points in his individual match and Rob B won 2 individual match points. Tise Jennings’ game of 225 helped MTG salvage 10 points in the match.

In a match between third place L&M Drywall and fourth place, AA Collision saw the drywaller’s win 17 points to AA’s nine points. With the win L&M stayed firmly entrenched in third place.

L&M was paced by Krist Reed’s 602 series with high games of 212 and 209. Jose Macias and Jim Binning each won two individual matches to add four points to the overall total. Nick Miller’s 604 series with a high game 237 paced AA.

In the last match of the night, the Exiles rebounded from last week’s thumping to win 19 points from the Soul Searchers, which won eight points. With the win the Exiles leaped-frog AA back into fourth place. Pacing the Exiles was Dave and Jeremy Figgers, who won five of six points in individual matches along with Adam Knight’s 2 point night. Jeremy followed up last week’s 255 game, 111 pins over average to continue his hot bowling.

The Soul Searchers used LL Cool Lewis’ 198 game and Eddie Mahan’s 199 game to avoid losing more points to the Exiles.

Difficult split conversions were accomplished by Ken Jarrett’s pickup of the 3-6-7-10 and Brad Turner’s pickup of the 4-6.

In next week’s position round, BBC will need to take 20 points or more from MTG in order to finish in first place for the first half.