Remember the days when our math teachers said there was something special about even numbers? Well, even numbers were certainly special for Josh Worth and AJ Sutton at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes last week. Josh rolled an even 800 series in the Tuesday Nite Mixed league and AJ blasted a perfect 300 game in the Wednesday night Fraternal league.
These are two special numbers that are coveted by all serious bowlers. They are also the top scores posted at Orchard Lanes so far this season. In a single game, you can’t get any better than 300; that’s the best number anyone can achieve; and to commemorate that special event it’s also worthy of an award from the United States Bowling Congress, the governing body of sanctioned bowling competition. It takes 12 strikes in a row to notch 300; you have to get a strike in every frame of the game, miss one time and you can’t get 300.
In a three-game series, a USBC award is also presented for a score of 800 or better because it represents a huge milestone in bowling. Sure, a 300 game is always special but to continue rolling strikes at an incredibly accelerated pace in a three-game series and finish at 800 or better is considered by most to be a higher achievement than rolling a perfect game. An 800 series is very hard to do and is also worthy of special recognition. To shoot an 800 series you have to average over 266 per game and to do that it takes a ton of strikes!
But, there was more last week, quite a bit more. The ubiquitous Brandon Kawachi, who seems to be everywhere in Hood River bowling, just missed another 300 game of his own. The big hook artist notched a 299 game in the Tuesday Nite Mixed, leaving a lonely solid pocket 10 pin on his 12th and final toss in the first game of the session. It could have easily been a perfect 300 game but don’t feel too sorry for young Brandon, as he has collected more 300 rings than he has fingers in his short but spectacular career on the lanes.
Other honorable performances came from Nancy Asai, who racked up two 700 series in league action, and Gordon Sim, who, as a newcomer to senior bowling, racked up a 700 series of his own.
TEAM OF THE WEEK:
Josh Worth 800
Brandon Kawachi 756
Jeff Miller 722
Nancy Asai 709
Gordon Sim 703