Survive and advance: Rash pulls out tight match in PBA Playoffs

May 28, 2019
Sean Rash bowling

Sean Rash

Anchorage’s Sean Rash was perfect when the moment called for it, and now he is closer to winning the biggest first-place prize of the season after advancing in the PBA Playoffs.

The 13-time Tour champion threw strikes on all four balls in the two-frame tiebreaker format to edge Dom Barrett 2-1 in the Race to 2 Points quarterfinal match in Portland, Maine.

The players split the two-game series, with Barrett winning Game 1 226-205 and Rash winning Game 2 268-253. That forced a ninth and tenth frame tiebreaker, which Rash won 60-40.

Rash became the first bowler in this year’s PBA Playoffs to post a perfect score in the tiebreaker.

Rash, of Dimond High fame, will participate in this weekend’s final four to battle for the $100,000 first-place prize.

One more victory would push into him into his third finals appearance this season. He finished second in the PBA Lubbock Sports Open and won the Roth-Holman Doubles Championship with Matt Ogle.

The former Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year Award winner from Alaska owns two of the PBA Tour’s 25 televised 300 games.