EIGHTH seed Gavin Baker took an early lead opening the finals match with a double against top seed Jay Leon Guerrero; however, a split on the third frame allowed the top seed to erase the deficit after three frames.
Leon Guerrero returned the favor on the fourth frame after missing the head pin but recovered with a turkey on the fifth through seventh frames.
Baker fell behind by 10 pins on the seventh frame, but a 2-4-10 split in the eighth frame ensued by a 4-9 split in the ninth by Leon Guerrero, swinging the lead back to Baker.
Baker took full advantage of the misfortune by the top seed as he closed the match with a double in the ninth and 10th frame to claim his maiden Budweiser King of the Lanes title 198-175.
Leon Guerrero halted 6th seed Timothy Nauta’s run in the semifinal round with a 238-222 spread, while 2nd seed Josh Madrid succumbed to southpaw Baker 165-182 in the semifinal round.
Nauta disposed of 10th seed Dante Godoy 190-172 while Baker eliminated 3rd seed Duane Camacho 217-188 in the quarterfinal round to advance to the semifinal round.
In the first elimination round, Camacho dismissed 9th seed Mike Gadia 190-164, Baker demoralized 4th seed Teliann San Nicolas 213-158, Godoy demoralized 5th seed Greg Borja 160-139, and in an exciting down-to-the-wire match, Nauta edged out 7th seed Joey Miranda by one pin, 214-213.
Jay Leon Guerrero led all qualifiers with 1148 pins after six games of qualifying on the tough 39-foot lane pattern. Josh Madrid’s 1121 total was 27 pins off pole position, with Duane Camacho who led the pack from the fourth and fifth game dropping to third with an 1115 count.
Teliann San Nicolas finished in fourth with 1113 pins followed by Greg Borja 1108, Tim Nauta 1076, Joey Miranda 1074, Gavin Baker 1068, Mike Gadia 1064 and Dante Godoy rounding off the top 10 with 1039.
Sixth seed Leody Ersando earned his first Budweiser Prince of the Lanes title by beating out 2nd seed Maddison Willis in the monthly finals held on lanes 17-18. Willis’ early struggle was Ersando’s fortune as he used a consistent spare-and-strike game to easily outdistance his opponent.
Ersando derailed top seed Erwin Aguilar’s hopes of winning his second Prince title with a 213+29 to 189+24 drubbing while Willis pounded on the pins against 8th seed Kennedy Robinson 205+27 to 110+24 to set up the finals match.
Ersando marched past 5th seed Arlene Taitague 201+29 to 154+25 while Robinson deflated 3rd seed David Esplana’s hopes with a 170+24 to 157+27 margin in the quarterfinal matchup.
Esplana beat out 9th seed Shannon Bukikosa 167+27 to 156+24 in the first round of eliminations, while Robinson spanked 4th seed Mike Woodrome 204+24 to 142+27, Taitague destroyed 10th seed Von Cabral 196+25 to 116+26, and Ersando defeated 7th seed Edward Sabedra 149+29 to 122+31.
Erwin Aguilar topped the Prince field with 1257 total on 144 pins of handicap followed by Maddison Willis’ 1202, David Esplana 1195, Mike Woodrome 1184, Arlene Taitague 1170, Leody Ersando 1170, Edward Sabedra 1073, Kennedy Robinson 1058, Shannon Bukikosa 1046 and Von Cabral 1041 who proceeded to the elimination round.
The next Budweiser King and Prince of the Lanes will be held on Sunday, May 27 at 11 a.m. at the Central Lanes Bowling Center.
(Information obtained from a press release.)