Perfect, Perfect and Perfect Michigan Man Fourth in History to Roll 900 Series

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Perfect, Perfect and Perfect Michigan Man Fourth in History to Roll 900 Series


JACKSON, Mich. -- By the last frame, everyone at Airport Lanes was watching Robby Portalatin.

It's not often something like this comes along -- the chance at a 900 series.

Portalatin had rolled two perfect games in a row 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."

He took it easy, all right, and the 28-year-old 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.

The crowd at the 60-lane alley began screaming, patting his back and shaking his hand.

"It really hasn't sunk in yet," Portalatin told The Jackson Citizen Patriot. "It's kind of like Mark McGwire hitting his 62nd home run."

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

Portalatin felt fortunate to get the second perfect game. …

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