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, 2018-05-16 23:07:30

Jackie Petts was watching the prospects for her first Kenosha News Match Game Bowling Tournament Women’s Division title slip away.

Then, in one shocking moment, she was toeing the line in the 10th frame of her final match with a chance to win.

She didn’t let it slip this time.

In a placement match between Petts and Shirley Stahl that featured several wild swings in the closing frames, Petts came through with three strikes in the 10th to claim the Women’s title in the 55th annual tournament Wednesday night at Surfside Bowl.

Petts, who said she’s competed in the tournament “maybe 15, 18 years,” finally has a title.

“It’s a check off the bucket list,” the 39-year-old said.

Going into Wednesday’s placement match, it could’ve been any one of the trio of Petts, Stahl or Angela Hanna to become a first-time champion.

Petts held a scant 14-point lead on Stahl, meaning their match was virtually head’s-up for the title. Hanna, who was in first place after Sunday’s first night of finals, was just 17 points behind Petts and three back of Stahl in her placement match against Jordyn Kirschbaum.

So Hanna could’ve rocketed from third to first if she beat Kirschbaum and rolled 18 pins better than Petts or four better than Stahl, depending on who won their match.

Bowlers are awarded 30 points for each match victory and either gain or lose a point for each pin over or under 200.

Petts and Stahl repelled Hanna early in the placement round when they each opened with four consecutive strikes.

Then things got crazy.

Wild finish

In the eighth frame, Petts left an 8-10 split and had an open frame. She left three pins standing on her first throw of the ninth but did pick up the spare.

That sequence opened the door for Stahl, who was set to bowl her ninth and 10th frames before Petts bowled her 10th. Stahl got a strike in the ninth and left the 10-pin on her first throw of the 10th.

With a spare, she could’ve virtually locked up the title.

Instead, Stahl’s throw came out wide and didn’t hook back enough, leaving a shocking open frame in the 10th and suddenly putting Petts back in the driver’s seat.

“Seriously? Really?” Petts said when asked of her reaction. “I have a chance.”

Stahl was asked if she’ll think about that 10-pin leave for a while.

“Of course I will, yes,” she said.

Petts fired a strike on her first throw of the 10th and sealed the win with another on her second, which garnered an immediate embrace from friend and three-time Women’s champion Tammy Schmidtke. Petts closed with a final strike to defeat Stahl, 235-225.

“Keep it slow,” Petts said of her attitude entering the last frame. “Stay down and follow through.”

Petts finished with a two-day pinfall of 2,371 and a record of 7-3 in her 10 finals matches for 581 points.

Hanna takes second

With a victory in her last match, Hanna scooted into second with 2,349 pins and a 6-4 record for 529 points. Stahl (2,317, 7-3) placed third with 529.

Petts started Wednesday in sixth place but came out with a 247 and a 248, both wins, to move into second. Then she dialed up a 300 in her third match Wednesday, moving into first in what was a 150-point swing with Hanna, who rolled a 180 and dropped her third match.

“The 300 came along, and my knees were not a-knockin,’” Petts said.

How did she keep her nerves?

“Honestly, I have no idea,” she replied.

For Stahl, who entered Wednesday in second place, it was a phenomenal tournament despite the tough finish. It was the first Match Game appearance for the 70-year-old Milwaukee resident.

“At my age, to be competing against these girls, I’m very happy with how I performed,” she said. “… I actually loved it. I loved the tournament. I like the format, and the girls are really, really receptive. It was really nice.”

Super Senior Men

Tim Ruelle entered Wednesday in first place in the Super Senior Men’s Division and held it all the way up until the final match.

Then he reclaimed it for the title.

Down 473-436 against Steve Stone going into the placement round, Ruelle defeated Stone, 235-192, to finish with 501 points to Stone’s 465.

“I didn’t do anything different on the approach to the game,” said the 66-year-old Ruelle, who won the Senior Men’s Division title in 2015. “I just said, ‘Relax, throw the same shots you’ve been throwing the whole tournament. Take a couple deep breaths, and whatever happens, happens.’

“… Steve bowled great all week, and I knew he was going to be tough. I give him a lot of credit. He’s going through a lot of injuries, and he bowled phenomenal.”

Ruelle finished with a two-day pinfall of 2,291 and a 7-3 record. Stone (2,285, 6-4) was second, while Larry Willems (2,208, 6-4) took third with 388 points.

Ruelle is in third place in the Senior Men’s Division with 451 points after Monday’s first eight-game block of finals.

Rich Beltoya (562) and defending champion Dave Sjuggerud (513) lead the field going into the tonight’s second night of finals. Bowling begins at 6:30 at Surfside.

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