Nearing the 10th frame of his second game during the Elks Mixed League at Spring Hill Lanes, Bernard Moyer started feeling light-headed, and his knees were getting weak.
Having suffered a heart attack in September, Moyer, 74, had good cause to worry.
Moyer was right; it was the "big one." Only this time instead of a stretcher, it was a wave of emotion that carried Moyer out the door.
Those weak knees and that faint feeling were symptoms of the 300 game Moyer was on the verge of completing. The first perfect game of his long career.
"I just started striking and kept it up," Moyer said. "Everything was working just right that night."
Everything was working so right, Moyer could do no wrong.
"I had two balls cross over to the Brooklyn side, including the last one, but they both carried," he said. "I felt pretty lucky. I never did think I was going to get it."
When he nailed the last frame, Moyer turned around to hug his wife only to come face-to-face with everybody who was bowling at the center that night.
"I couldn't even get to my wife to hug her," he said. "I didn't expect it, I thought one was going to stand up or split or something."
For Moyer, who began bowling in 1947, the 300 completes a 50-year journey that has taken him from Dayton, Ohio, to Spring Hill.
These days, Moyer, a retired electronics engineer technician from Newark Air Force Base in Ohio, bowls in two leagues a week and carries a 175 average. Since moving to Spring Hill in 1983 to concentrate on retirement, bowling and golf, Moyer has reduced his schedule.
"I had to either stop playing golf or bowling," he said. "If I did both at once, one of them suffered."
HERNANDO COUNTY CHAMPS: Mariner Lanes did everything it could for the Hernando County Bowling Association.
The house cleared some lanes so it could host the association's annual tournament, entered a team to provide some competition and then bowled three strong games.
Unfortunately for the Mariner team, those three games weren't quite good enough to hold off the S&D Designers team, which ran off with the title in the team portion of the county tournament, 2,673-2,548.
In the singles portion, Tommy Rivers ran away with the Class A title, rolling a three-game handicap score of 741. Larry Gousse was second with a 700 followed by Frank Supitkowsky, who bowled 695.
In Class B, it was Charles Gambitta and his 685 taking top honors followed by Jerry Capozzi's 668, Charles Watkins with 655 and Bob Schall's 654. Jack Noble took home fifth with 649.
In the doubles portion, the Holton/Hatton combo proved too much to overcome as Gene Holton and Curt Hatton strolled away with the championship, courtesy of their 1,334 total. Fred Parker and William Soggs rolled 1,315 to take second, followed by Robert Emmons and Gerald Bassett, who combined to roll 1,310.
Fourth place was a tie between the Jerry Capozzi/Bill Koch team and Pat and Carmine Calabro, at 1,298.
HCBA SENIORS: The Hernando County Bowling Association senior members will get their chance to strut their abilities April 12-13 and 19-20 at the Senior County Championships.
The singles and doubles portion of the championship will be at Louie's Bowling Center in Brooksville with the team event at Spring Hill Lanes.
Entry forms are at all three Hernando County bowling houses.
_ Mike Readling can be reached by phone at the Times office in Spring Hill at 848-1430 or by e-mail at Readlingsptimes.com.