It didn’t end the way that Anthony Pavlowsky wanted, but otherwise, he was absolutely perfect in his first game in the “River Maniacs” league Monday night at Canoga Park Bowl.
The 38-year-old Pavlowsky made a stirring effort at his first perfect game before barely falling short, finishing with a 299.
Pavlowsky opened his series with 11 no-doubt-about-it strikes before driving his last shot in the pocket once again – but leaving the solid 10 pin.
Afterwards, the right-handed Pavlowsky conceded that he felt he had only a 50-50 chance of striking after he released his final shot.
“The rotation wasn’t there,” said Pavlowsky, a Reseda resident. “The throw was not great, but I thought maybe, hopefully, it would carry.”
What happened was what Pavlowsky had feared.
“I wasn’t surprised,” Pavlowsky said. “I expected a ‘ringing 10’ eventually.”
Pavlowsky’s strong effort came on the opening week of the summer league and represented his personal best. In January, 2013, Pavlovsky shot a 290 (a spare, then 11 strikes) during a blazing 734 series (290-235-209).
He is averaging 216 and has been bowling in leagues for 10 years.
As for his 299 game, Pavlowsky added: “I’m a little disappointed. But it’s the first week. I have lots of nights left.”