Bees' Peterson comes close to bowling perfection

Everyone at Thunderbird Lanes had stopped whatever they were doing to gather around Baldwinsville girls bowler Andrea Peterson as she took one of the most pressure-packed shots of her bowling career.

In the third game of last Wednesday's CNY Counties League first-place showdown between the Bees and West Genesee, Peterson had rolled 11 strikes in a row, reaching the brink of perfection.

Now, Peterson took one more shot. It looked good through the pocket, and the pins fell -- all except the 10-pin, that is.

That single pin separated Peterson from a 300, but it still amounted to a 299, the best game bowled in the CNYCL this winter, and it played a big role in B'ville's 5-2 victory over the Wildcats.

With that victory, the Bees improved to 7-0, dropping WG's mark to 7-1, and Peterson's vast improvement from the beginning of the match to the end counted a lot.

Peterson only shot a 169 in the opening game, on a par with her fellow competitors. But somewhere in the second game, she hit a major groove, and a string of strikes led to a 236 that set the stage for her brush with perfection.

Rachel Thompson was a bit more consistent, managing a 663 series without any game higher than 236. WG's top player, MaryBeth McNally, could only manage a 588 set.

As a whole, it proved to be a triumphant day for B'ville as the boys team also beat West Genesee by a 5-2 margin.

Ryan Kratz put together a 662 series that included a high game of 259, while Dan Snyder matched Thompson's consistency, a 644 series that included a high game of 227.

The Bees are back in action Monday at its home facility, the B'ville Sports Bowl, as it faces Utica Proctor.

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