Tonawanda News — By the time each player took its second shots, the jitterbugs were long gone.
Starting with Tommy Jones’ first strike of the afternoon, the rest of the team followed suit. Jones, Jack Jurek, Szczerbinski, Norton and Weber all struck in their final shots of the match and secured the victory.
When the match was secured, alternate Kelly Kulick came off the bench to take the final two shots, and proved she could hang with the boys — striking out in the final two rolls of the game.
The KingPins, playing in front of their owner Billy Jean King, weren’t satisfied with just making it to the finals — they wanted it all.
“Noone on our team wanted to just go there and go through the motions,” Szczerbinski said. “Each one of us had a fire and wanted to win and walk away from this inaugural Elias Cup Championship.”
Throughout the season the team has showed competitive flare — fist bumping, high fives and even the occasional crotch chop — and the unity helped put the team over the edge.
With these expressions, they have formed a trust in one another and the ability to provide and receive advice without worrying about offending the other player.
“One thing that we definitely have is trust in each other, (and being able) to communicate with one another makes it much easier to make adjustments and make better shots,” Szczerbinski said. “You put a lot of trust in what the other person says, (and making those adjustments) puts more confidence in yourself to make a good shot and to knock all 10 (pins) down.”