It happens to the best of bowlers.
Inexplicably, a rash of splits turns up to wreck a potentially sterling game.
And so it happened to Julie DeMaio in her first game in the Wednesday night Stars League at AMF Woodlake Lanes in Woodland Hills.
DeMaio, a Palmdale resident, notched strikes on her first two shots. But she left a split in the fifth frame, a split in the sixth and a split in the seventh frame. And for good measure, she got tagged for another split in the ninth frame.
“And they were the biggies,” said DeMaio about the assorted nearly-impossible-to-convert spares that included the 7-10 railroad.
The four splits undid her good early work as she finished with a disappointing 114.
“I just got a new ball and we’re not getting along,” said DeMaio, smiling. “I’m averaging 175 so that’s really embarrassing.”
DeMaio, who once smoked a 279, could take some consolation. She wasn’t close to the United States Bowling Congress record for splits in one game.
Would you believe that record, in women’s league competition, is a whopping 11?
Catherine Sloan of Alexandria, La., earned that unfortunate honor, achieving that feat in 1969.
Postscript: Games 2 and 3 were more like it for DeMaio. She rolled a 169 and 178 to finish her night. DeMaio had no splits in the second game and two in the third.