Bellevue's Rosie Soto, 31, was in the groove, but she also had Ramona Castle on her mind at Mountain Sun Lanes in Bellevue during the weekly Wednesday Night Women's League bowling action Oct. 13.
Soto rolled the third 300 perfect game of her six-year bowling career on what she called an "emotional night" for all those who knew Ramona Castle, 81. A member of the Wood River Women's Bowling Association for over 50 years, Castle died of cancer Oct. 9.
"It was an emotional night for everyone," said Soto.
Soto said Castle and her daughter Debbie Castle were the only remaining bowlers in the women's league who had been at the Bellevue alleys since the late Bob Ratto founded the house in 1980.
In addition, Ramona Castle could always remember bowling at the eight-lane Ketchum house that burned down in 1968. Few others could.
Soto said, "Going into the last frame I was a little nervous, but I know I had Ramona in my thoughts. I said to myself, help me out, Ramona. It was an out-of-body experience.
"And then I went over to Debbie afterwards, and she said to me, I hope you did that for my mother. I did."
It was Soto's first game of a three-game series. Averaging 217 in the Wednesday league, Soto rolled 300-205-213 for 718. It was her first 300 game in two years. She threw both her previous 300s two years ago.