By Jim Henry
Globe Sports Editor
Darrell Brisco’s expectations certainly weren’t high as he warmed up for the Friday night Hot Shots league on Jan. 18 at Bowl East.
“I threw it in the gutter three times and left four splits,” he said. “I even walked back to the table and said this is going to be a bad night. I was dropping my shoulder, throwing across my body, doing everything wrong.”
But then, warmups ended and the competition began.
“The first frame in the first game,” Brisco said, “I found my line, found exactly where I needed to lay it down, and it went to the pocket.”
Brisco’s ball continued to find the pocket all night long. The result after a bad warmup: a 300 in the first two games plus a 222 for an 822 series.
“The first game I had all of them (solidly) in the pocket except the fourth frame,” Brisco said. “It was in the pocket but came up light. I had a pin roll across the deck and knock over the 6 pin.
“The 10th frame I was kind of nervous. I’d had the front eight, the front seven multiple times. I’d had the back nine, back 10 but this was the first time I’d had the front nine. All three were solid (in the 10th frame).”
Brisco duplicated the feat in the second game — 11 solid strikes and one light hit.
“In the sixth frame it was in the pocket and light but scattered pins,” he said.
After two perfect games, thoughts of an 800 series entered his head.
“It’s a different pressure,” he said. “I wasn’t really nervous. I’m averaging 200. I knew I had to shoot my average.”
Brisco began the third game with three in a row before his strike string ended at 27.
“The fourth frame I completely missed the pocket and left the 1-3-5,” he said. “In a way I kind of felt relief. All the pressure was off then. I was disappointed, too, because I wanted to keep going. I knew I had to get back on track.”
He converted the spare in the fourth, struck in the fifth but then left the 6-7 split in the sixth. He picked up the 6 pin for his only open frame of the night, then converted the 6-10 spare in the seventh and rolled strikes on his next four balls before leaving the 3 pin on his final ball in the 10th.
All totaled, Brisco recorded 32 of a possible 36 strikes.
“Everything just fell my way,” he said. “I was carrying corner pins.”
On this night, Brisco caught older brother Justin, who also has two 300s. He still trails his father David, who has four 300s this season alone, and his 822 series was two pins shy of his father’s highest total.
Kudos to the L and B team for its dominant performance in last Monday’s Seniors League at Bowl East.
The quartet of Bill Rowe, Lloyd York, Mark Emmerson and Ron Woolsey combined to beat the Joplin Globe Trotters by exactly 100 pins in their first game. My immediate thought was there was no way those guys could beat us the second game by 100 pins.
And I was right.
L and B won the second game by 156 pins, then for good measure it won the third game by 100 for a total margin of 356 pins — far too many for any tricks by these Globe Trotters to overcome.