Dennis Nickel knew what Beau Peterson was doing.
Peterson, on the other idea, had no idea what Nickel was doing.
What they were doing Wednesday, in side-by-side lanes, was bowling a 300 game, the second time this year that two bowlers achieved a 300 at the same time on the same night.
Peterson finished first, followed shortly after by Nickel.
“I had no idea what he was doing,” Peterson said.
But after Nickel saw Peterson complete his feat, he said for some reason that seemed to take the pressure off him.
“I just shut my eyes,” Nickel said of his last throw. “I opened them and saw the 10-pin drop.”
It was Nickel’s first 300 and he had quite a roller-coaster night. He had opened with a 180, which included a gutter ball.
“I was thinking about that all night,” said Nickel, who said on his last throw he was just hoping to keep it on the board.
After his 300, Nickel had just a 139. His previous high game was 278.
For Peterson, it was his second 300. He also had a 259 and 214.
He had finished the first game with six strikes, so he had a good feeling throughout the night.
It was his first 300 at Starlite, as he had a 300 at a tournament. He’d had a 290 in the past.
“I just wanted to get my first one here and hopefully there will be more to come,” he said.