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April 14, 2013

Brian Holtzapple's Keglers' Korner: Top bowlers' talents extend beyond lanes

Without a doubt, The Daily Item All-Star bowling team is a talented bunch.

However, several of them have expertise that extends beyond the bowling alley.

Take the two Bowlers of the Year: Milton's Mark Artley and Lewisburg's Alexis Neuer. They are both key members of their school's respective baseball and softball teams.

Artley is a jack of all trades for Milton. He has appeared in all five games this season for the Black Panthers either as a pitcher, a shortstop or right fielder.

On the mound Artley is 1-1 with a 4.12 ERA with 10 strikeouts and three walks. At the plate he's batting .286 with four hits out of 14 at-bats, including a double.

But after making a deep run in bowling, it hasn't been an easy transition for Artley to switch gears and get back onto the diamond.

"It was difficult running back and forth from bowling to baseball (practice)," said Artley. "Throwing a ball and rolling a ball are two totally different things. I've worked hard in getting back to baseball shape."

Artley has already made his "mark" on the lanes, and he badly wants to do the same on the baseball field.

"It's pretty important," he said. "I hope people remember me for bowling, but I also want people to remember me for baseball because baseball is my favorite sport.

"I've worked hard at both."

When playing baseball, Artley prefers to be a pitcher because, just as a bowler, he is able to dictate the flow of the game.

"I'd much rather be a pitcher. I like being in control of the game," he said. "I like being in control of what I have to do. I don't want to rely on others to do what I have to do."

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