Ellie Kennedy of Joppa has been bowling for about 30 years and competes in two leagues at Brunswick Perry Hall -- the Sunday Guys and Gals and the Friday Mixed Foursome.
This year she was second in the 38th annual Baltimore Women's Bowling Association tournament at Columbia and twice was a finalist for the TEAM USA.
With a 190 average, she was used to putting some pretty impressive numbers on the sheet. But never a 300 game.
Last Sunday at Perry Hall, she figured out how to throw a perfect game.
"I just didn't pay much attention to that game [the second of the three-game set]," Kennedy laughed. "I was too busy selling 50-50 tickets.
"I didn't get nervous until after I threw the first ball in the 10th frame, then with the ball in my hands for the next shot, I got nervous."
The 10-pin stood for a while before falling over for the 11th strike.
"After that I was all right," Kennedy said. "The last ball was solid in the pocket for the last strike."
She had games of 205 and 243 to go with the perfect one for a career high set of 748.
"As far as I know that is the first 300 game ever thrown by a woman at Perry Hall," said Glenn English, manager of the center.
Big scores in Middle River
At Crown Brunswick in Middle River, big scores come in bunches.
On May 4, Chris Shaw and Jesse Johnson shot 300 and 299, respectively, and last Sunday, Ed Hurd Jr. posted a 299 game.
For Shaw of Essex it was old hat.
"I'm not sure if that's the eighth or ninth 300 game I've shot," he said.
Bowling in three leagues, the Wednesday Ship Builders at Crown and Monday both early and late shifts at Country Club Lanes, he carries a 225 average. His high series (790) was built around back-to-back 300 games at Country Club.
"After I shot the two 300 games, I just lost it," Shaw laughed. "I came back with that 190 game for the 790 series."
Johnson lives in West Baltimore and began his bowling career in the YABA. He bowls in three centers -- Crown, Country Club and Fair Lanes Woodlawn -- and has a 198 average.
He was bowling in the Wednesday night GM Truckers league at Crown when he "finally started getting the pins to carry."
It wasn't happening in the first game at all and it wasn't much better in the second.
"That first game was a 129, I'm serious," Johnson said. "I couldn't figure out one lane at all and the second game wasn't much better. Finally, the last game, everything came together."
The result? A career high 299.
Hurd, bowling since he was 8 years old, lives in Essex.
Last Sunday he started slowly in the Sunday Night Late Starters (his only league). The first game was 212, the second game 179. Those figures shot down any chance for a 700 set but that didn't stop Hurd from firing his career high game of 299.
"I was using the same ball I always use," Hurd said. "It's the only bowling ball I own.
"Only one shot was a little off, but I carried that one. It was the last ball I threw, a perfect strike ball, that left the 10-pin standing that cost me the 300 game."