Pitching a baseball and throwing a duckpin bowling ball could place a lot on strain on your arm, because baseballs are thrown overhand and duckpin balls underhand. That stretches arm muscles in different directions.
But Larry Schillenberg of Chesterfield solved the problem with little difficulty. He throws the baseball with his left hand and the bowling ball with his right hand.
"I started bowling when I was 7 years old," he said. "And right-handed worked just great, but when I picked up a baseball it felt wrong to play the game that way, so I switched to the left hand [for baseball].
"I didn't bowl for about five years until last season. My first season back I averaged 118, but this year, thanks to Glenna [Grimes, manager of Riviera Bowl], that average is up to about 130."
Now bowling in two leagues, the Monday Inter-Church and the Friday Sunset Beach leagues, he's off to a great start.
On Sept. 19 he rolled a 175 game that was the cornerstone for a 427 set.
Schillenberg had been making a basic error in his delivery, dipping and coming back up as he approached the foul line.
"Glenna called it bobbing and, of course, she was right," he said. "As soon as I started being smooth on the approach my game picked up."
Schillenberg, who is an accounting supervisor for the state of Maryland, also is an assistant coach for the Anne Arundel Community College baseball team. He pitches for the Broadneck Dodgers of the Chesapeake Men's Senior Baseball League.
Somehow, besides holding down the full-time position with the state, bowling in two leagues, coaching at AACC and pitching on the senior baseball team, he also finds time to be an associate scout for the Baltimore Orioles.
Proving a doctor wrong
Grimes, manager of Riviera Bowl, is recovering from surgery on her right (bowling) arm. Her doctor thought she would be doing well to be bowling by Christmas.
He didn't understand Grimes and her love for duckpin bowling.
She's not just throwing a duckpin ball again, but in the Monday Inter-Church league at Riviera Bowl she's established the individual high game and set marks for the women in the league -- 168 and 420, respectively.
Caputo into Hall of Fame
The Women's National Duckpin Association inducted eight women into its Hall of Fame last month. It was the inaugural Hall of Fame induction, and Betty Caputo of Pasadena was one of those inducted.
Caputo is winner of four titles, was Bowler of the Year in 1987 and the only bowler to be a three-time qualifier in a single year.
Caputo averages 136 and has a career high individual game of 235 and a career-high three-game series of 535.
Pros visit Severna Park
For the first time in its 30-year history, the Duckpin Professional Bowlers Association will visit Severna Park Lanes.
The DPBA's seventh tournament has finished qualifying rounds and will have the semifinals and finals today.
Mike Davidson, Severna Park proprietor and a DPBA member, is host for the tournament. Total prize money will approach $14,000, with the winner getting $200.