Pat Foster of Baltimore competes at Fair Lanes Southwest in the Friday Early Mixed and Sunday Mixed leagues.
He is the anchorman on the Hit and Misses team that has been hanging on to first place in the Friday league.
With his team locked in a fight for first place, Foster pounded out the highest single game of his career, and he did it the hard way.
His first game of 117 was average. Halfway through the second game he was still pretty much just average, with 68 in the fifth frame.
From there on he added 139 pins to that first-half 68. He threw strikes in the next five frames to post a superb 207.
"I feel good about the 207," Foster said. "But it would have been nice if I'd hadn't been open three frames. On the other hand, that's the first 200 game I ever threw. The best before that was 196."
Aiming at $25,000
Next weekend, $25,000 will be up for grabs when the national finals of the Coors Cutter Duckpin Classic takes place at Fair Lanes Pikesville. A total of 298 bowlers -- 144 women and 154 men -- will be competing for the top prize of $3,000.
Pat Stallings, Shannon Frizzell, Lynn Beck and Donna Rosenthal from Southwest will be there. So will Greenway Bowl's Carol Shunk and Tina Petty. Donna Reid and Paula Doran will be representing Severna Park lanes.
Among the men there will be Michael Fritz, Gary Lee and Bob Stanson from Southwest lanes, Rob Stevens and Ed Johnson Jr. from Greenway Bowl, and Larry Gibson and Lee Cockrell from Severna Park Lanes.
Youths compete in state finals
A number of local youngsters competed in the 1993 NJBC state finals at Elk Lanes, Elkton, last month.
Robbie Beil of Crofton had to defeat two opponents in the stepladder finals to win first place in the grades 9-and-up handicap division. He defeated Chris Will of Bowl America Glen Burnie, 208-171, and then beat Curtis Reedy of Turner's Dual Lanes in Hagerstown for the title.
Beil will advance to the national finals in Kansas City on July 14-18.
In grades 2 and under, Brian Walter from Bowl America Glen Burnie was fifth. Jawaan Pett of Fair Lanes Annapolis took sixth place.
In grades 3-5, Kenneth Ritchey of Crofton Bowling Centre won third place among the boys, and Toni Federici was third among the girls.
In grades 6-8 girls division, Tiffany Cater of Fair Lanes Ritchie was narrowly defeated, 199-194, by Missy Partridge and settled for second place.
In the grades 9-and-up girls handicap event, Tara Jones of Greenway Odenton was sixth.
On the boys side, Roy Dietrich of Crofton was defeated by Joey Brewer of White Oaks Lanes in the championship final game. But a second-place finisher will be an alternate at the national finals.
In the grades 9-and-up scratch event, Cheyenne Wilson of Bowl America Reisterstown beat Beck Johns of Bowl America Glen Burnie, 191-176, to win her division. Johns will be an alternate at the finals.