900 series rolled for only fourth time By Matt Fiorito

    12/30/00

    ABC News

    Robby Portalatin becomes second lefty to accomplish the feat

    By the last frame, everyone at Airport Lanes in Jackson, Mich., was watching Robby Portalatin. It is not often something like this comes along: the chance at a 900 series.

    Portalatin had rolled two straight perfect games and was now on the verge of a third. ''I was nervous, but everybody just kept talking to me,'' he told The Detroit Free Press. ''And I kept taking it slow and easy.''

    Portalatin, 28, a worker for an auto parts company, delivered his 36th strike in a row Thursday night. He is only the fourth bowler to accomplish the feat, according to the American Bowling Congress.

    Portalatin, who lives in Jackson, averages 230 in six leagues. Before this week, he had eight career 300 games. The left-handed Portalatin rolled an 805 series the night before, almost matching his previous high of 814.

    The others who have reached 900 are Jeremy Sonnenfeld (1997), in Lincoln, Neb.; Tony Roventini (1998), in Milwaukee; and Vince Wood (1999), in Moreno Valley, Calif. Roventini, like Portalatin, is a left-hander.