Most league bowlers will encounter some really big ups and downs during the course of their careers.
Peter Brown of Woodland Hills experienced it in his first full year of bowling – all in one series.
The 20-year-old Brown, averaging in the mid-140s, opened his series last week at AMF Woodlake Lanes in Woodland Hills with a disappointing 125 game before rallying somewhat to score a 149 in his second game.
Then Brown got hot.
Brown blistered eight straight strikes beginning with the fourth frame en route to notching a personal-best 241, which comes out to a whopping 116 pins better than his first game.
What was the difference?
“I was struggling with the ball I was using and pulled out another ball that I had,” said Brown, who averaged 135 in his fall season. “I thought I’d give the other ball a shot.”
Brown, a righthander, had a spare in the first frame and opened in the next two frames before going on his roll. He finished the game with a seven count on his last shot in the 10th frame.
Brown said only one of his eight strikes came from the Brooklyn side.
“After the first two games, I thought, ‘I’m better than this. I’m not hitting anything. What is going wrong?' Then I got one strike and it just continued.”
That game marked the highlight of his short career, he said.
“I’ll always remember that night,” said Brown, who now bowls in two leagues a week. “I loved it. It was a nice night.”