Walker was throwing one bull’s-eye after another in his second game of the “Guys and Dolls” League and having fun doing it.
He was sailing along with strikes in the first frame, the second, the third, the fourth, the fifth, the sixth, the seventh, the eighth and the ninth as he was closing in on a perfect game.
On his first shot in the 10th frame, Walker hit the pocket again, but this time his lively ball lost some of its magic. An unsightly 4-6-7-8-10 combination was left standing.
This split – commonly known as “Grandma’s teeth’’ – foiled Walker’s bid for his fourth perfect game and his first in about 10 years.
Walker then picked up two pins on his second shot to record a nifty 259 – the high one-game score in the league – and a 299 with handicap.
Averaging 185, Walker said he wasn’t nervous during his ill-fated shot in the 10th frame.
“I just didn’t throw the ball hard enough,” said Walker, an Agoura Hills resident. “I’ve been throwing it 14.9 [mph] and this time I threw it 13.5. I knew from the moment I released it that it didn’t have enough speed.”
The left-handed Walker didn’t let up at the start of his final game. He opened with three strikes, converted a spare and then rolled another strike. Walker opened on the next frame before collecting three strikes and two spares the rest of the way en route to a 210.
Walker bowled a 184 in his first game as he finished with a sizzling 653 series, beating the league’s best scratch series by 45 pins.
Who owned the previous-best series?
That was Dwayne Walker.