Adam Baer averaged 250 for 96 games at Hanover Bowling Centre for the 2018-19 season, becoming just the third York County bowler to average 250 or better for a season.
Baer, a 37-year-old right-hander from York Springs, joins Josh Coleman (252 in 2014-15) and Jerred Poff (250 in 2015-16) in the elite group.
"Averaging 250 means a lot," Baer said. "When you consider how few people have done it in York County, you realize how difficult it is. When you average 250 to 255, you are among the highest average bowlers in the country."
Averaging 250 is a testament to a high-level of consistency.
"It's more than one good night," Baer said. "You have to average a 750 series for the entire season. If you leave a 7- or 10-pin at the wrong time, you easily end up shooting 720. You almost have to roll 10 strikes a game."
With a month remaining in the season, Baer's average stood at 249. That caused him to focus a little more and make sure he limited his spares.
The achievement lifted Baer's spirits.
"Recently, I've gotten some passion back for the game," he said. "And, this definitely helped. I have started to enjoy the game more."
Eric Smith at 249: While Baer gained membership into an elite group, Eric Smith missed entry by a whisker. The 35-year-old smooth right-hander from Dallastown averaged 249 for 87 games at Suburban Bowlerama.
Smith was averaging 250.06 before the final three games, which came in a league roll-off. He rolled a 702 series that night and his average dipped below 250. He could have chosen to sit out the final three games, but decided against it.
"I'm not disappointed," Smith said. "My team was in a roll-off and I was going to be part of the team. If my team is competing, I'm going to be there."
Smith said, at the time, it was uncertain whether the roll-offs would count toward the final league average. But, he said it didn't really matter because he was going to bowl anyway.
"I plan to average 250 or higher this year and be the top dog," Smith said. "So, we won't have to worry about any decimals."
Reach Barry Sparks at firstname.lastname@example.org. This story was provided through the York Area Bowling Proprietors Association.
YORK COUNTY MALE BOWLERS
Top averages for 2018-19
(Minimum of 66 games)
Each bowler is listed with his average, number of games and center.
Adam Baer, 250, 96, Hanover
Eric Smith, 249, 87, Suburban
Josh Coleman, 247, 99, Hanover
Paul Wolfram, 243, 75, Suburban
Jeremy Haines, 240, 102, Hanover
Steve Carbaugh, 239, 102, Hanover
Kevin Appnel, 237, 99, Suburban
Terry Miller, 237, 72, Suburban
Chris Bowlin, 236, 105, Hanover
Rick Graham, 236, 112, Colony Park North
Justin Mong, 236, 136, Colony Park North
Matt Schaszberger, 236, 84, Lion Bowl
John Jameson, 236, 104, Colony Park North
Collin McClane, 235, 96, Suburban
Cory Stevenson, 235, 96, Suburban
Joe Andreone, 234, 87, Suburban
Jacob Hawkins, 234, 99, Suburban
Chad Ruby, 234, 96, Suburban
Zach Ilgenfritz, 233, 99, Suburban
Bill Kuntz, 233, 90, Suburban
Adam Mobley, 233, 105, Hanover
Robert Myers, 233, 96, Suburban
Matt Nease, 233, 93, Suburban
Jerred Poff, 233, 105, Colony Park North
Joe Pickett, 233, 102, Hanover
Jimmy Plessinger, 233, 81, Suburban
Greg Raber, 233, 66, Hanover