Any competitive bowler will tell you that some nights your locked in and others you have to search for that rhythm that propels you to the big numbers.
Most bowlers will never get the chance to roll a perfect 300 game or that elusive 800 series, but for Judge Joe Trout, he accomplished both on the same night. Even more impressive, Trout followed up his first career, league 300 game, with a whole lot of consistency.
The long-time bowler put together a second game of 278 and wrapped up his series with a 258. His remarkable evening gave him a series of 836 which bested the longstanding Brazilian Lanes record for a series by 10 pins.
Dean Young originally set the record of 826 pins on Nov. 18, 2001 before the mark was tied by Scott Hill on Feb. 25, 2002.
"After that 300 game there was a little bit of a letdown," commented Trout on Tuesday afternoon. "But once I started striking in the second game, than I got right back up."
Trout's only other 300 game came during a practice round so Monday's 300 during the Joe Knust Memorial League kicked off the night in style.
"All my friends were there cheering me on," said Trout of the crowd that began to gather the deeper he got into the first game. "Anytime there's a streak like that (people come to watch). I've had a lot of stress in my job, but I was feeling it," he said of the pressure of continuing his streak of strikes that eventually reached 20 in a row.
"I mainly bowl for fun and relaxation; but, I have to admit, even though last night was fun, it was anything but relaxing," he admitted. "After starting out the evening with 20 strikes in a row, I was getting a little nervous. Ending the night with my first 300 game, my first 800 series, and setting the Brazilian Lanes' record for a three-game series is something I'll not forget," said Trout.
The evening began a little hectic for Trout, who was running a bit late according to Brazilian Lanes manager, Curt Stout.
"I was late and I was still in my dress shirt," chuckled Trout when thinking back. "Maybe I'll just come straight from work all the time."
Stout also pointed out that Trout didn't even take any practice rolls before settling into the record-breaking streak.
According to Miller, Saturday was quite a night for a number of bowlers as Young and Chad Schopmeyer each put together streaks of nine consecutive strikes. Jeff Bridgewater completed a 280 game while Mike Boswell had a 278, Schopmeyer added a 277 and Brian Jorgensen had a 276. Boswell had a 769 series on the evening.
"We had a lot of big games last night," said Stout. Trout has been a fixture of league play at Brazilian Lanes for a long time.
"I started bowling at Brazilian Lanes in the junior league on Saturday mornings about 40 years ago, and I have been a member of the Monday Night, Casassa Dairy Bowling Team at Brazilian Lanes for the past 28 years," said Trout. "I guess this is my 15 minutes of fame -- at least at the bowling alley."
After reaching such a lofty level, Trout didn't feel like he's got to try and best his own mark.
"I don't think I'm going to top (the record series). I've already had that once in a lifetime (series), now I can go back to just bowling for fun," said Trout.
"Joe (Trout) is a good competitor and I'm always happy to see a guy roll a big game. He's put his time in and it's great to see," commented Stout.