HOUSTON – In the final frame, the position round at the 2019 Storm PBA/PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles turned into chaos. And when the dust cleared, Kyle Sherman and Amanda Greene were stunned to learn they had won.
Sitting in third place heading into the final game, Sherman and Greene pulled off an improbable comeback when, despite losing their final match, they won the event by 11 pins with a 20-game total of 8,873 at Copperfield Bowl.
Erin McCarthy and AJ Johnson looked poised to take the title in the final frame but a pair of splits left them on the outside looking in. McCarthy left the 3-6-7-10 split, while Johnson left a 4-6 split, and the pair of opens doomed them.
Sherman and Greene trailed by 80 pins going into the position round and said they figured they would need to win their match against Andrew Anderson and Jordan Richard to have a chance. They lost that match 453-440 but as it turns out, the first and second place match was just low scoring enough.
McCarthy and Johnson took a 375-335 win over Sydney Brummett and Kris Prather, the leaders heading into the position round. Opens by both Brummett and Prather in the ninth frame all but secured the match win for McCarthy and Johnson.
However, disaster hit in the final frame and while they won their match, they lost the title. The finish prevented Johnson from winning his first career PBA Tour title and kept McCarthy from winning her second.
Instead it was Sherman earning his first career PBA title after a pair of runner-up finishes this season. Greene, who won a PWBA title in 2015, will not be credited with a PWBA title because she’s no longer a member.
In fact, Greene so infrequently bowls competitively these days she encouraged Sherman to find a new partner for this year’s mixed doubles. When he wasn’t able to find someone, they decided to stick together.
Greene is currently in law school and said she most likely won’t be back to defend her title next year. She will be tackling a different kind of challenge – the bar exam – next year at this time.
The PBA/PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles celebrated its 20th anniversary this year. Over that span, the event has raised more than $1 million in the fight against breast cancer.