Dave Pendlebury can consider himself fully recovered. The Niagara Five Pin Hall of Famer has had both hips replaced within the past five years and hasn’t really missed a beat.
As we hit the second-last week of the Niagara Five Pin Pro League season, Pendlebury has gotten hot at the right time. He opened the night by welding his ball to the headpin, not missing a shot to the middle the whole game and ended up besting his previous league-high single of 388, by pasting the boards for 397.
He added a 292 and 197 to that and ended the night with his best output of the season so far, a lane-scorching 886 to lead the Scorecard Harry’s Half Pints to a 3-0 sweep of the Dr. Allison Zaruk’s Main Street Chiropractic squad.
The win catapulted the Half Pints into first place. The Half Pints also rolled the highest team triple of the season (3,011) as Paul Asselin backed up Pendlebury’s effort with 766 (253, 300, 213) and P.J. Cole rounded things out with 744 (206, 290, 248).
The Main Street Chiropractic team replied with Brian McFarlane’s 735 (280, 270), followed closely by Jeff Stevens’ 720 (229, 283, 208) and Vicky Robins’ 698 (254, 234).
In probably the closest match of the season, decided by a single pin, the Harbour Estates Winey Loonies edged the Lakeside Electrical Lightning 2-1. Kile Robins took the reins for the Winey Loonies, rolling a solid 762 (324, 241) while Tim Dixon was a model of consistency for the winners tossing 732 (246, 241, 245).
Answering for the Lightning were Shawn Pellizari, who fired 761 (232, 229, 300), Larry Fast, with 728 (205, 232, 291), and Kayla Ferguson, who added 637 (271).
The only other sweep of the week came courtesy of the Rozie’s Cafe Alley Cats as they whitewashed the Cornhole Creations squad 3-0.
Tyler Wendel was at it again, powering through for a magnificent 870 (260, 243, 367) to lead the winners while getting pushed along by Mark Belanger’s 746 (263, 294) and Bill Stockill’s 710 (206, 285, 219).
The Cornhole Creations were led by Sarah Stevens, who was consistent if nothing else, posting a fine 729 (237, 248, 244) while Payton Peters backed her up with 696 (268, 215).
The Global Financial Wizards notched two of three against the Mr. Eavestrough Gutterballs in the nightcap.
Sparking the Wizards were Josh Robins, 807 (279, 275, 253), his father Kevin Robins, 794 (281, 326), Nathan Marr-Schoenfeldt, 668 (239, 220), and Wilma Vanderzwaag, 667 (225, 234), to round out the scoring.
The Gutterballs fired back with Chris Disher’s 785 (250, 249, 286).