Perfect!

By on February 13, 2014

Warwick senior Brandi Whitmyer capitalized on a lucky break in the third frame against Penn Manor on Monday and went on to bowl her first 300 game in the Lancaster-Lebanon League playoff semi-finals at Dutch Lanes.

Warwick senior Brandi Whitmyer capitalized on a lucky break in the third frame against Penn Manor on Monday and went on to bowl her first 300 game in the
Lancaster-Lebanon League playoff semi-finals at Dutch Lanes.

Whitmyer bowls first 300

by Bruce Morgan

Warwick bowler Brandi Whitmyer had a good omen in the third frame on Monday.

On a ball that probably shouldn’t have been a strike, the senior kegler got one anyway.

“I more or less pulled it and (the ball) just went Jersey,” Whitmyer recalled. “It went on the other side of the lane. Luckily, I had carry and all the pins just fell together.”

In a Lancaster-Lebanon League playoff match against Penn Manor at Dutch Lanes, she was both lucky and good. Following that fortunate carry in the third frame, Whitmyer went on to post nine more consecutive strikes while rolling the first perfect game in her 13-year bowling career.

“It was exciting,” she said. “I always wanted to bowl a 300.”

“Awesome,” Warwick coach Bill Bernstein said of Whitmyer’s achievement. “It was really exciting for her. That’s her first one, so it was pretty neat to see, especially on a big stage.”

Whitmyer’s perfection nearly helped Warwick upset Section One champ Penn Manor on that big stage. After knocking off Lampeter-Strasburg two games to one in the L-L quarter-finals, rolling three team scores over 1000, the Warriors came within three pins, 997-994, of defeating PM in game one of the semi-finals. Warwick won the second, 1005-959, but the Comets survived with a 963-862 conquest in the third to advance to the finals against Elizabethtown.

“Bittersweet. It was really close, but I was really excited for our team the way they performed,” Bernstein remarked.

Certainly, there was a lot of excitement in the air about the way Whitmyer was performing – particularly after her close call in the third.

“She said, ‘I’m not even going to count that one,’ and we all kinda laughed about it,” Bernstein said. “But that’s the kind of stuff that has to happen. You can throw 12 perfect shots and not have 12 strikes, and when you get one to fall that probably shouldn’t have fallen, then a little bit of luck might be on your side, which you need.”

She came close to perfection while rolling in her summer league last year at Dutch Lanes, getting through nine frames before it was broken up.

This time, as Whitmyer got into the 10th, she took a deep breath and hoped for the best.

“I think during the 10th frame, it really hit me that I was about to throw a 300 and I really had to slow down and just take my time more because I was really shaking,” Whitmyer said.

Shaking or not, her 12th ball felt good as it left her hand.

“I thought I threw a really good shot,” Whitmyer said.

She had a momentary scare, then celebrated.

“They fell pretty quick,” Whitmyer recalled. “I almost had the seven pin stand up, but another pin knocked it over.”

*****

Ben White (265-224-197) rolled a team-best 686 series, followed closely by Whitmyer (246-202-203) with a 651, Austin Barilar (212-243-195) with a 650 and Nic Skoronski (206-187-249) at 642.

After defeating the Pioneers 1076-914 in the first game, L-S kept its hopes alive with a 1109-1050 win in the second, but Warwick clinched it with a 1037-969 decision in the third.

“Against L-S, we bowled all three games over 1,000 team score, which is fantastic,” Bernstein said, “and then our first game against Penn Manor, we rolled a really good game – we just missed out by three pins. A couple pins here or there any way and we take the first game and then we ended up beating them in the second game, and that’s all it would have taken to take them down this time.”

Buoyed by her 300 game, Whitmyer went on to roll a match-high 684 against the Comets. That was more than 40 pins in front Penn Manor’s Cody Simet (643).

Bruce Morgan is the sports editor for the Lititz Record Express. He welcomes your questions and comments and can be reached at bmorgan.eph@lnpnews.com or at 721-4451

About lititzrecord

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *