Long, who said his highest game has been a 279, was beat in the first game by Gleason.
“The second game was a stupid 300!” Long said laughing. “But I was really happy for him.”
Gleason said when he got to the 10th frame with nine strikes in a row he told himself how he had been in this position before.
“I was still most interested in the team,” he said. “I just got up and hit my mark, followed through, and there it was.”
He didn’t even realize the large crowd of people gathered around to see if he could do it. Many of the other league matches had already ended.
“I heard cheers, but I was in my zone,” he said. “Got to the 11th and threw a strike.”
The 12th strike was just as solid.
“My line was good,” Gleason said. “It was just a good pace.”
Gleason said he didn’t even feel any nerves until it was over.
“You realize what you’ve done,” he said. “It feels good.”
Gleason, retired since 2013, said his bowling average is down this year to about 185, but he’s usually around 195.
Above everything else, Gleason just likes the social aspect to league nights.
“I enjoy bowling because of the competition and the whole team aspect of it,” he said. “The people you meet and compete against. And it’s good exercise. Not stressful.”
Especially now that the elusive 300 game is in his back pocket.