ELKHART — When Aaron Beaver shot his first-ever 800 series, he chalked it up to “lucky pin carry.”
Then he did it again a week later.
The 16-year-old Edwardsburg native shot an 806 series (279-238-289) July 6 at Signature Lanes, then fired his first perfect game during an 801 series (300-255-246) on July 13.
“I’ve hit seven or eight (hundred) in practice, but none in a sanctioned league,” Aaron said. “It felt pretty amazing.”
Beaver has been bowling for 11 years with his father, Todd.
“When I stepped up in the 10th (frame), my dad told his girlfriend that he was just as nervous as if he was up there throwing the ball,” Aaron said.
Aaron, however, was unshakable. He went through is pre-shot routine, mimicked his approach and finally let loose. Afterward, his father congratulated him with a big hug.
Aaron has flown close to 800 before, but he never quite reached the mark until now. During the Signature Lanes Youth County Tournament in November, he racked up a 790.
“I told myself that I could really shoot 800 sometime,” he said.
Aaron is a member of the Cedar Point league, Elite Doubles and the Me & My Shadow league at Signature Lanes. According to Ty Collins, youth director/manager at Signature Lanes, Aaron averages 233 a game.