First, it was Vermilion’s Tony Rodisel with games of 300-256-233 for a 789 series in the OnLine Auto/Adkins Glass League last Thursday.
A short time later, Kevin Kimmet of Port Clinton celebrated his 55th birthday with a 300 in the final game while bowling in the same league. That came after scores of 215 and 213 for a 728 total.
Young Kole Minton hammered 12 strikes in a row in his middle game Friday morning in the Mathews Ford League. He opened with 163, then popped games of 300 and 142 for a 705 series.
Rodisel hiked his total of perfect games to 22. For Kimmet it was No. 9, while Minton had a pair of perfect games in three weeks. Rodisel also had a 300 earlier this season (October).
Rodisel, 45, continues to bowl well in the only night he’s on the lanes. His average has improved to 234.
“I’ve had multiple 300s in one season a couple of times before, not really a lot, and the thrill is still there no matter how many times you have one” Rodisel said. “The main thing for me is to have some fun while you bowl and I really wanted another 800. “I needed a strike on my first ball in the 10th to have a shot, but left the 10 stand”
Rodisel has a dozen 800s to his credit with a personal best of 835 and started bowling at a very young age in the junior programs at Bonnie Lanes, then Star Lanes.
The 1986 Sandusky graduate is employed at Cook Composite on First Street in Sandusky.
Kimmet talked about Rodisel.
“He is just a machine when it comes to bowling and I really didn’t think about my 300 until the ninth frame” Kimmet said. “I didn’t carry the pins in the first two games, but everything fell into place the last one. All 12 were solid hits, but I did get a break in the ninth frame when I apparently left a solid nine pin, only to have another pin come across the lanes and knock it down.
“I think my last 300 was five years ago and I’m still looking for that first 800. My high is 799” the United States Gypsum Plant employee added. “Work has kept me from bowling full time until this year and I bowl just once a week and my average is around 220”
Minton, a June graduate of Perkins High School, ripped off a 300 game, and an 817 series Nov. 15, then came back with another single game gem Dec. 6.
"I had trouble in the first game, but decided to keep the same ball. All I did was move a little to the right and play a straight line to the pocket. It worked” Minton said. ”For me, I was more nervous this time than I was for the first one (300).
“All 12 were good shots and the bowler I was matched against went up there and got a strike on his first ball” he added. “I took it as a challenge and was able to match his strike all three times”
Another graduate of the junior program, Minton began bowling at the age of nine and his current average is at 225.