It was the shot heard around the bowling center, but did anyone see it?
Gayle Aron, who converted the one-in-a-million, seven-10 split, acknowledged she missed the entirety of her own improbable shot.
Nor did her three teammates see it.
But it happened.
It truly happened.
And there was an eyewitness who came forward to validate Gayle’s miraculous shot Tuesday night during league play at AMF Woodlake Lanes in Woodland Hills.
That was Shannon Renee, who was a member of the opposing team.
“She hit the seven pin and the pin bounced around the back and came back and hit the 10 pin,” Shannon said.
“I tried to tell her she got it, and she didn’t believe me.”
Gayle, an Agoura Hills resident, turned around to face the alley and saw no pins were standing. Then she peered at the elevated scorecard that listed her spare in the seventh frame of her third game.
Finally, she accepted it.
“I knew I got the seven [pin], but the chances of getting the 7-10 were so slim that I didn’t even bother to look,” said Gayle, whose shot had the entire bowling house buzzing and triggered an announcement of her amazing shot from the front desk.
Mike Rice, the bowling dean at Woodlake with more than 40 years of bowling experience, was competing far down the lanes but word quickly got around to him.
“I think it’s phenomenal,” said Rice about Gayle’s spare. “I’ve never seen that picked up.”
One frame later, Gayle converted another spare – this time the eight pin.
“That was a lot easier than the last one,” laughed Gayle, as she walked back from the lane.
It was virtually a perfect night for Gayle, who bowled a torrid 504 series with games of 155, 172 and 177. All three scores were considerably higher than her 145 average.
With handicap, she had a top-notch 678 series. Gayle not only converted the nearly impossible 7-10 railroad, but she engineered her team’s sweep over her opponent.