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, 2019-08-10 15:26:15
The bowling gods were with David Saulnier on July 9 in the Tuesday Night Summer Mixed League at Wonder Bowl.
In the first game of the night, the 52-year-old New Bedford resident started with a strike and kept adding strikes to the scoreboard.
“I was going along fine,” he said, “until the 10th frame. That’s when the nerves kicked in and I was a mess.”
The first nine strikes were pocket hits, as were the first two in the 10th box, although a little shaky.
“I had a hard time getting the last ball off,” Saulnier said, “and the ball went Brooklyn. I held my breath and I got lucky.”
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Lucky he was, as all 10 pins fell for the left-handed bowler that frame and, as a result, he notched his first 300 game.
He’s had the front nine strikes once before and had a problem in the 10th frame then.
“A few years ago, I used to run up to the foul line and I used my thumb, index and middle fingers in the ball,” Saulnier said. “That particular night going for the 10th strike, I stuck at the foul line and pulled a hamstring. That hurt. I don’t run to the foul line anymore and I use my conventional fingers now.”
He claims he’s bowling much better with the changes.
He started bowling at 14 years old in the New Bedford High School League. After high school, he quit for more than 15 years.
He came back to bowling at the urging of his nephew, Ryan Sanchez, who used to work at the pro shop at Wonder Bowl.
“I am now hooked on bowling,” he said.
He’s gotten help with his bowling through the years he’s been back from Sanchez and Jayme Silva Sr.
His average is a 209 and has been climbing every year since the first year he came back when he had a 170.
His career-high series is a 750. Before the 300 game, his highest game was a 290.
Besides the Tuesday Night Summer League, Saulnier is also bowling in the Summer Classic League on Wednesday night.
His plans for the winter season are to bowl the Westport Trios League with Sanchez and Ryan Massoud – “the two Ryan’s.”
His other two leagues for the winter will be the Tuesday Mixed League and the Twilight League, both at Wonder Bowl.
He claims his goal each bowling night depends on how the first ball goes and his long-term goal is to raise his average every year.
“Of course, I would like to bowl an 800 series,” said Saulnier. “I wouldn’t refuse a few more 300 games either.”
Jayme Silva Sr. and Jayme Silva Jr. both bowled 300 games in Steph’s Summer Doubles League at AMF Somerset Lanes on July 31.
Wonder Bowl has a Summer Scratch Classic Tournament on August 17 at noon. Entry fee is $75 per bowler with $1,000 added to the prize fund that will pay $1,000 for first place based on 64 entries. Format is five games of qualifying and one out of four bowlers will advance to the finals and cash. Tournament will be contested on a challenge pattern to be announced. Contact tournament director Joey Nereu with questions at email@example.com.
Registration for the fall/winter season of Wonder Bowl’s youth league is August 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration fee for new bowlers is $10 and weekly fee is $13 per bowler. The league accepts boys and girls from six to 18 years old. The season starts on August 24.
Wonder Bowl also has a bumper bowling program for boys and girls aged five and six. No pre-registration is required and there’s no registration fee. Bumper bowling begins on September 7. The Bumper Program does not bowl during the month of December.
Holiday Lanes in Westport has its Junior League registration on August 24 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The Teddy Bears League at Wonder Bowl has its league organizational meeting on September 1 at 10 a.m. The season begins on September 8 at 9:30 a.m. Weekly fee is $10 per bowler.
The NFL Senior League at Wonder Bowl has its league organizational meeting for the fall/winter season on August 12 at 1 p.m. The league is open to men bowlers over the age of 55.
The Splice Girls League at Wonder Bowl has its organizational meeting for the new season on August 19 at 6:30 p.m.
AMF Somerset Lanes
John Grobe Summer Seniors: Claudette Desrochers, 203; Diane Letourneau, 200; Chris Mercer, 204, 226; Frank Orlando, 203; Kelly Van Hees, 211, 218, 225/554; Jerry Butterfield, 200; Ron Rusin, 236, 200.
Friday Senior Mixed Tournament (Aug. 2): 1st, Paul Bourque, 682; 2nd, Karl Thompsen, 666; Bob Loureiro, 642; Pat Bithell, 631; high woman out of the money, Diane Fish, 616.
HOLIDAY LANES, WESTPORT
Friday Summer Doubles: Mike St. Don, 205, 225, 204/634; Manny Costa, 201; Bruce Garnett, 213, 202/610; John Zeb, 229, 206; Bill Efthimiades, 237, 246/662; Steve Raymond, 217, 214; Ken Pelland, 216.
Summer Classic: Bobby Rebello, 238; Dale Carroll, 233, 237/892; Craig Bouchard, 202; Andrew Oliveira, 269; Steve Sirop, 235, 220; Wayne Venancio, 286, 243/901; Tyler Perry, 286; Josh Corum, 259; Steve Oliveira, 258; Mike Copeland, 267, 242/949; Charlie McConnell, 258; Scott Andrade, 257, 232; Sean Richard, 278; TJ Souza, 279, 266/1,013; Erik Beaudoin, 244; Joe Bourhill, 279, 268; Matt Rayner, 265; Tiler Levesque, 254, 256/995; Josh Pires, 221, 235; Jayme Silva Jr., 267; Justin Avylla, 251, 248/950; Brendan Cardona, 287, 245/967; Matt Guerreiro, 279; Josh Claudio, 239; Siso Ranuga, 212; Matt Heywood, 267, 259/977; Curtis Battin, 245; Brian Carvalho, 209; Louie Lemmertz, 248/955; Eric Lombard, 248; Jayme Silva, 265/949; Eddie Souza, 269.
Vicki Prevost covers bowling for The Standard-Times. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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