When Darren Andretta was in sixth grade, he wrote a report for his Italian class about Professional Bowlers Association rookie Brad Angelo.
Sunday, Andretta, a 27-year-old from Mantagh, New York, defeated fellow Italian Angelo, 48, of Lockport, New York, 228-207, to capture the PBA Bowlers Supply/Storm Open at Colony Park Lanes North.
It was the second regional title of the season, and third overall, for Andretta. Besides picking up a check for $2,500, Andretta is now the leading candidate for the PBA East Region Player of the Year honors.
Andretta had to come from behind to beat one of his idols. The 6-foot, 3-inch, 290-pound southpaw trailed by 26 pins after seven frames. But, the match turned dramatically when Angelo, a two-time PBA national champ, failed to convert the 6-7-10 split in the eighth frame.
"That split was like a breath of fresh air," Andretta said. "I knew I had to capitalize on the opportunity. I wanted to focus on my execution and keep my emotions in check."
Andretta responded with strikes in the eighth and ninth frames, while Angelo spared in the ninth. Riding the momentum, Andretta had a chance to shut out Angelo with three strikes in the 10th frame.
The New York southpaw delivered under pressure, rendering Angelo's 10th frame meaningless.
"The first strike in the 10th was light, but the second one crushed the pins," Andretta said. "I needed a seven-count on the last ball and I just wanted to make sure I stayed aggressive."
Even when he was trailing by 30 pins, Andretta said he thought he still had a chance.
"The victory validates all the hard work I've been putting into my game," he said. "I've been going to the gym every day and it's paid off. It definitely had helped increase my lower-body strength and improved my stamina."
In Andretta's report on Angelo, he never said he thought he would beat the PBA star some day.
Local bowlers: Local bowlers who competed in the tournament included Scott Schnur Jr., Brent Hunter, Joel Logan, Adam Baer, Cody Shoemaker and Troy Lehigh.
Reach Barry Sparks at email@example.com. This story was provided through the York County Bowling Proprietors Association.