As Jeff Shadbolt’s magical night continued, more and more bowlers at Adrian Lenawee Recreation Bowling Center gathered around his alley.
When his play ended, Shadbolt had established a new record at the bowling alley and placed himself in the number three spot in Lenawee County history.
Shadbolt was competing Nov. 30 in the Adrian Commercial League when his extraordinary night occurred.
He rolled a 278 for his first game, a 300 in the second, and a 279 in the third for an 857 series. The middle game marked the sixth 300 game of his career.
His series score broke the previous record set by Darrin Greiwahn in 2007. Records have been kept at the alley since it was built in the 1940s.
Ken Richard of Tecumseh holds the county bowling record at 879.
“It was an amazing night,” Shadbolt said. “I only left four pins standing all night on first balls and I struck 32 out of a possible 36 times.”
One of those four pins standing almost went down.
“I had a wobbly 7 pin in game one that could have fallen,” he said, “and the first two balls in the third game coming off the 300 were very good, just a little faster than the others.”
The pressure built as the night went on and more and more people were keeping an eye on Shadbolt’s game.
“I just kept reminding myself: one shot at a time.”
Shadbolt wants to remain at the high end of his game and experience that kind of bowling again and again.
“I always tell younger guys that good bowlers bowl 300 and great bowlers follow it with something,” he said. “Who knows if you ever get back into those kind of numbers. Wednesday was surely a night I will never forget.”