There was pixie dust aplenty the night that Gayle Aron of Agoura Hills converted the impossible-to-convert 7-10 split.
Describing Gayle’s amazing shot at AMF Woodlake Lanes in Woodland Hills, Shannon Renee said that Gayle “hit the seven pin and the pin bounced around the back and came back and hit the 10 pin. I tried to tell her she got it, and she didn’t believe me.”
Shannon was bowling on the opposing team this week when Gayle got the bowling center buzzing with her split-busting shot in the seventh frame of her third and final game.
Meanwhile, Shannon was engaged in her own adventure.
Shannon, her team’s anchor with a 147 average, bowled strikes in both the fifth and sixth frames of the same game as Gayle’s remarkable spare.
Then the spookiness started for Shannon.
Shannon followed up Gayle’s stunning shot with a 5-7 split in the seventh frame that she failed to knock down. Then Shannon got her second straight split in the eighth frame – the 5-7-10, which she failed to convert.
Then Shannon got her third consecutive split in the ninth frame – the fabled 7-10 railroad that Gayle had converted two frames earlier. Unlike Gayle, Shannon knocked down just one of the pins.
Now, it’s the 10th frame and Shannon’s team is locked in a tense battle with Gayle’s team for the lead. And Shannon – you guessed it – leaves yet another split.
It’s her fourth straight split.
This time it’s the incredibly difficult 5-7-10 split – a 100-1 shot.
And this time, Shannon nails it – sliding the five pin across the alley to knock down the 10.
It was a brilliant shot, but its significance on this night paled in comparison to Gayle’s million-to-one toss.
Gayle’s team won the game – but both teams left with some highlight moments.