Louis Summerfield, a member of the Fair Lanes Pikesville team the Master Bowlers, traveled to Fair Lanes Southwest in Linthicum to bowl in the 19th National Duckpin Youth Tournament's Maryland State Southern Regional tournament.
And how he did bowl. Summerfield threw the high game for the tournament, a booming 189 game-- and that's still eight pins short of his career-high 197 game. He also owns a strong 459 high series and is averaging 127.
"I like the extra pressure that you have in a tournament," he said. "I seem to bowl better then."
The son of Louis Sr. and Allena Summerfield, he started bowling when he was 8 years old and is in the 11th grade at Carver Vocational Technical High School, majoring in the food services program.
"I want to be a baker," he said. "I especially like to bake the sweet goods."
Summerfield, a first baseman and outfielder for the Carver baseball team, also found time to earn the Eagle Scout rank last year.
"David called it," said Toni Camden, coach of the Four Flowers and a Trashcan pee-wee team. "He told his mother before the tournament that 'our team will win.' "
That team consisted of Jessica Bush, Jennifer Lange, Amber Holt, Melissa Oswalt and, of course, David Herrman, who called the shot.
"Chris Stevens, who was to bowl with the team, was ill and couldn't make it," Camden said. "So David Herrman subbed for him. Worked out great."
It sure did. The Pee-Wee Division team from Greenway Glen Burnie won the Bantam Division team event. All of the bowlers are 7 years old, except Jennifer Lange, who is 6.
David, son of Don and Sharon Herrman, started bowling in 1990 and attends Oakwood Elementary School. He lives in Glen Burnie, and his average is 65 with a high set of 288.
David rolled his high career game of 102 in the tournament to lead the Four Flowers and a Trashcan to victory.
Jessica Bush lives in Glen Burnie with her parents, Linda and Dan Bush, and is in the second grade at Glendale Elementary School. First place was just a matter of time for Jessica.
"Her team was second in 1990 and third last year," Linda Bush said. "Finally, this year, they won the championship. Her father won the state championship when he was youth bowler. Now he's bragging that Jessica is following in his footsteps."
As so many young duckpin bowlers have, Dan Bush switched to tenpins later in life, and as so many ex-duckpin bowlers have, he made the transition without difficulty. His tenpin average is 172.
Amber Holt travels from Baltimore to bowl at Greenway Glen Burnie. The daughter of Stanley and Teresa Holt attends Curtis Bay Elementary School, where she's in the second grade.
Amber carries a 65 average with a high game of 92 and a high set of 246. In the tournament Amber came through with a terrific game of 86.
Jennifer Lange's parents, Michael and Donna, don't bowl. "We were looking for a sport that Jennifer could play without getting hurt," Donna said, "but still be competitive."
Jennifer, in kindergarten at Arthur Slade Regional Catholic School, carries an average of 54 with a high set of 208 and a high game of 79. The Glen Burnie resident has been bowling for half her life -- since she was 3 years old.
Melissa Oswalt lives in Glen Burnie with her parents, Mark and Barbara Oswalt, and started bowling two years ago.
"The neighbors, her friends, started bowling," Barbara said. "And Melissa wanted to bowl with them, that's how she got started. Mark and I are just casual bowlers, but it's a wonderful sport for the kids."
Melissa, a second-grader at Point Pleasant Elementary School, carries a 59 average with a high game of 80 and a high set of 220.
This weekend the Greenway Bowl East Mixed Doubles Tournament will take place. First prize is $750. Information: 488-0700.
Country Club Lanes will play host to the third annual Country Club Classic Tournament for tenpin bowlers on Saturday, June 6. As in past years, the tournament will incorporate lucrative weekly prizes into a summer-long event that will pay out approximately $20,000. Information: 686-2556.
Tune in Don Vitek's Best of Bowling radio talk show on WCBM/AM every Sunday at 5 p.m. That's 680 on the AM dial.
Donald G. Vitek's Bowling column appears every Thursday in the Anne Arundel County Sun. Bowlers are urged to give Don a call with scores and tidbits at 247-0850.