Jake Goodwin bowled his second career 300 game Thursday night in lane nine at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center. The feat was the fourth such occurrence in the bowling alley's three-year history. Goodwin joined Jim Wells, Jim Baptist and Ben Hillewaert in the Thunder Rolls' elite 300 club.

Photo by John Vandelinder

Jake Goodwin bowled his second career 300 game Thursday night in lane nine at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center. The feat was the fourth such occurrence in the bowling alley's three-year history. Goodwin joined Jim Wells, Jim Baptist and Ben Hillewaert in the Thunder Rolls' elite 300 club.

Jake Goodwin joins 300 club

This one means a whole lot more.

Craig resident Jake Goodwin stood at the head of lane nine Thursday night, ball in hand, with what he described as hundreds of eyes fixated on him.

He was one strike away from a perfect game.

His nerves were kicking in, palms were beginning to sweat and a lump the size of his black Ebonite Angular One bowling ball was forming in his throat, making it hard for him to swallow.

"I just took a deep breath, rolled the ball, and as soon as I let it go, I knew," he said. "I hit my mark and my follow through, and everything was good."

Down they went, pins one through ten, and with it came Goodwin's second career 300 game.

"It was an adrenaline rush," the 28-year-old said. "I turned around and raised my hand and screamed 'yeah.'"

It's not like he's never been there before.

Many bowlers go their whole lives without achieving the sport's grandest feat, and now Goodwin's done it twice.

Two years ago at Freeway Bowl in Grand Junction, Goodwin bowled his first 300 game in a state tournament.

Both came in his third and final game of the night, but accomplishing the feat on his home turf trumps the 300 bowled on the road.

"Doing it in your own bowling alley, the one you bowl in every week," he said when asked which 300 means more to him. "Down there, you don't get any recognition at their bowling alley. Doing it here is much better. Everybody here knows me."

Goodwin joins Jim Wells, Jim Baptist and Ben Hillewaert as the fourth Craig resident to accomplish the feat in Thunder Rolls' three-year history.

"It's cool to see your name up on the wall and at the end of the lane," Goodwin said and pointed to Hillewaert, who was standing beside him. "I'm one up on him now."

Two in the past three years.

Are there more 300 games in his future?

"It's hard to say," Goodwin said. "I mean, everything has got to fall in that one game. Everything has to be perfect. You can't say you want to do it, or everybody would do it. Everything's got to fall in place."

It did Thursday night.

"I started to get nervous about the ninth frame," he said. "I had to take a break, walk around the bar and just kind of didn't pay attention until it was my turn."

And when it was, he made the most of it.

For the second time.

John Vandelinder can be reached at 875-1793 or jvandelinder@craigdailypress.com

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