Monday, May 21, 2018


McNeil Named League Player of the Week
BINGHAMTON, NY – Binghamton Rumble Ponies infielder Jeff McNeil has been named the Eastern League Player of the Week. From May 14 through May 20, the Ponies second baseman hit .389 (14-for-36), with five home runs, 13 RBI and a .833 slugging percentage. McNeil currently shares the league lead with 12 home runs this season.
Since April 30, McNeil is batting .383 with eight home runs and 25 RBI. He became the second Binghamton player to hit for the cycle, completing the feat on May 13 against the Portland Sea Dogs. McNeil also compiled a 17-game hitting streak, the longest by any Eastern Leaguer this season.
McNeil is the second Rumble Pony to take home a weekly league honor this season. Peter Alonso was recognized as Player of the Week in late April and was later honored as the Player of the Month.
The Rumble Ponies (22-20) return home to open a three-game series against the Richmond Flying Squirrels on Tuesday night at 6:35 PM. RHP Nabil Crismatt takes the mound against RHP Cory Taylor. The Horizons Federal Credit Union pregame show starts at 6:20 PM and can be heard on NewsRadio 1290 AM and the Binghamton Rumble Ponies channel on TuneIn.

Sunday, May 20, 2018


In The Winner’s Circle with ARIYA JUTANUGARN
Kingsmill Championship presented by GEICO
Kingsmill Resort - River Course
Williamsburg, Virginia
May 20, 2018

Hometown/Resides: Bangkok, Thailand/Orlando, Fla.
Birthdate: Nov. 23, 1995; currently 22 years, 5 months, 27 days
Qualified for LPGA Tour: Tied for third at the 2014 LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament
Turned Professional/Rookie Year: 2012/2015       
LPGA: Eighth career victory and first of 2018
PREVIOUS LPGA WINS: 2016 Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic, 2016 Kingsmill Championship presented by JTBC, 2016 LPGA Volvik Championship, 2016 Ricoh Women’s British Open, 2016 Canadian Pacific Women’s Open, 2017 Manulife LPGA Classic, 2017 CME Group Tour Championship

Jutanugarn earns 500 points and is projected to move to first in the Race to CME Globe with 1,735 points

Jutanugarn earns $195,000; she ranks first on the Official Money List this season with $771,390 and has earned $5,354,722 in her career

2017 – T18; 2016 – WIN; 2015 – CUT; 2013 – T3

12 events played, 12 cuts made, $771,390, one victory (Tour-leading seven additional top-10 finishes)

  • Jutanugarn is the 12th different winner of the 2018 season and the second winner from Thailand
  • Jutanugarn and Brooke Henderson are the only two players with wins in 2016, 2017 and 2018
  • Jutanugarn is the only player on Tour to have started and made the cut in all 12 tournaments this season
  • Jutanugarn (2016, 2018) joins Cristie Kerr (2005, 2009, 2013) as the only players to win the Kingsmill Championship multiple times
  • Moriya and Ariya Jutanugarn are just the second set of sisters to win on the LPGA Tour, joining Annika (72 wins) and Charlotta Sorenstam (one win) who also won in the same season in 2000
  • Jutanugarn, the 2016 Rolex Player of the Year and Race to CME Globe winner, became the first player from Thailand to win on the LPGA Tour and the first-ever major champion (male or female) from Thailand


Ponies Split Action-Packed Doubleheader
MANCHESTER, NH – The Binghamton Rumble Ponies hung on to beat the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in the nightcap of a doubleheader after dropping the opener on a walk-off homer Sunday afternoon at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
Game 1 – Fisher Cats 6, Rumble Ponies 5
The Rumble Ponies flexed their collective muscles to grab an early lead against Fisher Cats starter Jon Harris. Jhoan Urena led off the second inning by blistering a homer inside the right-field foul pole. Champ Stuart kicked the lead to two with a towering homer to center in the third inning, his first longball of the season.
New Hampshire scratched back against Mickey Jannis to take the lead with single tallies in their next three turns at the plate. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. supplied a two-out RBI single in the third, Andrew Guillotte added a sacrifice fly in the fourth and the Fisher Cats grabbed the lead with another run in the fifth.
Binghamton erased the deficit with a six-single flourish in the sixth. The Rumble Ponies opened the inning with four straight against Harris. Peter Alonso tied the game with a bloop down the right-field line and Patrick Mazeika chased Harris from the game with RBI single to left. John Mora capped the rally with a run-scoring single off reliever Danny Young.
The Rumble Ponies handed their two-run advantage to closer Tyler Bashlor in the seventh, but could not contain the top of the Fisher Cats order. Jonathan Davis opened the frame with a double. Bo Bichette chased him home by lacing a two-bagger to left-center. Guerrero ended the game with a bang, crushing Bashlor’s 0-1 offering over the wall in right-center with a walk-off blast.
Bashlor (0-1) failed to record an out in the seventh and suffered his first blown save of the season. Jannis took a no-decision after allowing three runs (one earned) on six hits over six innings. He struck out eight Fisher Cats, one shy of matching his Double-A career high.
Game 2 – Rumble Ponies 10, Fisher Cats 8
The Rumble Ponies jumped on the board in a flash in the nightcap. Jeff McNeil launched Nick Tepesch’s third pitch of the game over the wall in right for a two-run shot. It was McNeil’s 12th homer of the season and fifth in the last seven games.
Vladimir Guerrero kept up his torrid pace with an RBI single in the first versus Joseph Shaw. Fisher Cats catcher Patrick Cantwell tied the game in the third, squeaking a solo homer over the right-field wall. The Fisher Cats snatched the lead with a run in the fourth.
New Hampshire’s advantage did not survive the next inning. With two in scoring position in the fifth, McNeil dumped a single into right, plating Oliver Pascual and Kevin Taylor, to put Binghamton on top by a run.
Binghamton reliever Eric Hanhold inherited two runners from Shaw in the sixth, but could not preserve the lead. Patrick Cantwell poked a double down the right-field line to plate Harold Ramirez. In the seventh, Hanhold loaded the bases, but left them full to force extras.
The Rumble Ponies pounced on reliever Zach Jackson for three runs in the eighth. With runners at the corners, John Mora skipped a run-producing groundout behind the mound. Oliver Pascual punctuated his strong Double-A debut by pulling a two-run single to right.
New Hampshire kept the see-saw battle going with three runs in the eighth. After Cantwell plated a run with a groundout against Austin McGeorge, Connor Panas launched a pinch-hit RBI double to the right-field gap. Corey Taylor took over on the mound, but uncorked a wild pitch to bring in the tying run.
Binghamton needed another three-spot in the ninth to seal the victory. McNeil, the placed runner to start the inning, scored when Bo Bichette fired wide of third on a fielder’s choice. Matt Oberste followed with a two-run homer to left. Adonis Uceta allowed a run in the ninth, but closed the door to earn the save.
The Rumble Ponies (22-20) return home to open a three-game series against the Richmond Flying Squirrels on Tuesday night at 6:35 PM. RHP Nabil Crismatt takes the mound against RHP Cory Taylor. The Horizons Federal Credit Union pregame show starts at 6:20 PM and can be heard on NewsRadio 1290 AM and the Binghamton Rumble Ponies channel on TuneIn.
POSTGAME NOTES: Binghamton went 14-11 in their 24-day stretch between off days…the Rumble Ponies have split their last two doubleheaders…Kevin Taylor extended his hitting streak to 16 games with two hits in each game




Shaggy Sweep: Bisons Take Sunday’s Game from RailRiders, 4-3
David Hale allows 1 run over 4.2 innings in first appearance with SWB since mid-April

BUFFALO, N.Y. (May 20, 2018) – Coming off a series sweep of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders looked to build some momentum starting Friday night against the Buffalo Bisons. Instead, three days later the Bisons returned the favor capped by a 4-3 victory Sunday at Coca-Cola Field.

In the bottom of the 9th inning the RailRiders trailed 4-2, but threatened off closer Justin Shafer in his first Triple-A outing of the year. In 17.1 innings in Double-A to start the year, he posted a 0.52 ERA with just one earned run allowed. However, The RailRiders began the inning with a double and single and got to within a run following Ryan McBroom’s sacrifice fly at 4-3.

Rey Navarro stood at first base still representing the tying run when Zack Zehner grounded into an inning-ending and game-ending 5-4-3 double play to put away the victory for Buffalo.

The scoring began when the RailRiders took their first lead of the series in the top of the fourth inning. With two down, Adam Lind singled to right and Mike Ford walked.  Kyle Higashioka then singled home Lind with a base hit to left-centerfield for a 1-0 advantage.  
Buffalo responded to take a lead when Jason Leblebijian hit a solo home run off Scranton/Wilkes-Barre starter David Hale to tie the game in the bottom of the fifth.  In the sixth, Buffalo pushed ahead by a run when Anthony Alford walked, stole second, advanced to third on a throwing error and scored on a base hit by Rowdy Tellez.

Zehner tied the game with a solo blast in the top of the 7th inning off Murphy Smith to knock the right-hander from the ballgame tied 2-2.
Buffalo jumped ahead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the 8th inning to take a 4-2 lead, which were all the runs they needed to grab the win before a crowd of 6,339 fans
The RailRiders pile on the bus and make a seven-hour journey east to visit Pawtucket Red Sox at McCoy Stadium for the second time this season. First pitch is scheduled for 6:15 p.m., and pregame coverage with Adam Marco and Adam Giardino begins at 5:45 p.m.


Cristian Azcona Wins First PBA Tour Title in PBA Xtra Frame Wilmington Open
PBA’s 2017 South Region Player of the Year becomes first Puerto Rican to win PBA Tour title

WILMINGTON, N.C. (May 20, 2018) – Puerto Rico’s Cristian Azcona became his country’s first Professional Bowlers Association champion Sunday when he defeated AJ Johnson of Oswego, Ill., 217-214, to win the PBA Xtra Frame Wilmington Open at Ten Pin Alley Family Fun Center.

In a title match between two players vying for their first PBA Tour title, three pins separated the pair heading into the 10th frame when the 24-year-old Azcona threw three strikes to clinch the title and hand the 25-year-old Johnson his fourth second-place finish in PBA Tour competition.

“It feels amazing,” Azcona said. “I’ve always thought about this, but it feels amazing.”


Both players struggled with the touchy lane conditions but Azcona found the solution first, throwing a late string of three strikes to take the lead.

“I moved in a little and hooked the ball a little more,” he said. Knowing he needed two strikes and at least eight pins in the 10th frame to lock up his first title, “I thought thank God I’m finishing on my good lane, and then I just concentrated on making good shots.

“I wasn’t sure (I was the first Puerto Rican to win a PBA Tour title), but knowing the bowlers in Puerto Rico, I had a pretty good idea. I figured if it ever happened, I’d be the first one.”

Making bowling history for his country was secondary, however, to winning his first PBA Tour title.

“I’ve been thinking about that ever since I decided to take this sport seriously, which is most of my life,” he said. “It’s a dream come true.”

The two finalists have followed remarkably similar paths in their young PBA careers. Azcona, a former collegiate star at Lindenwood University, was the PBA South Region’s Player of the Year in 2017, his PBA rookie year. Johnson, a former All-American with McKendree University, was the 2017 PBA Midwest Region Player of the Year. Azcona is a five-time member of Puerto Rico’s national bowling team; Johnson is four-time member of Team USA.

In the opening match, Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Fla., took advantage of Tommy Jones’ inability to strike on the right lane until the ninth frame, eliminating the tournament qualifying leader, 214-185. But after building a 29-pin lead on four strikes in five frames in the semifinal match, Daugherty lost his shot at the title when he left and failed to convert the 4-6-9-10 split in the ninth frame while Johnson ran off a string of five strikes on his way to a 224-201 win.

The Wilmington Open is the second of eight PBA Xtra Frame Tour events in 2018 and a part of the Go
Bowling! PBA Tour. The third PBA Xtra Frame Tour event will be the Greater Jonesboro Open at Hijinx in Jonesboro, Ark., June 1-3.

For Xtra Frame subscriptions, visit Subscriptions are available for three days ($3.99), 30 days ($7.99) or for a full year at a cost of about $1.25 per week.

Ten Pin Alley Family Fun Center, Wilmington, N.C., Sunday

Final Standings:
1, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, $10,000.
2, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., $5,000.
3, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., $3,000.
4, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., $2,000.

Stepladder Results:
Match One – Daugherty def. Jones, 214-185.
Semifinal Match – Johnson def. Daugherty, 224-201.
Championship – Azcona def. Johnson, 217-214.

Round of 8 Standings (after 17 games; top 4 advanced):
1, Azcona, 4,075.
2, Johnson, 3,922.
3, Jones, 3,914.
4, Daugherty, 3,905.
5, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 3,869, $1,500.
6, Chris Polizzi, Spring Hill, Fla., 3,857, $1,400.
7, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 3,786, $1,300.
8, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 3,751, $1,200.

Round of 16 Cashers (after 15 games):
9, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 3,343, $1,250.
10, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 3,321, $1,100.
11, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 3,306, $1,000.
12, Michael Vitalone, Jr., Lake Worth, Fla., 3,302, $900.
13, Sean Wilcox, Altamonte Springs, Fla., 3,287, $875.
14, Richie Teece, England, 3,285, $850.
15, Eric Cornog, Cherry Hill, N.J., 3,238, $825.
16, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 3,221, $800.

Cashers Round Cashers (after 12 games):
17 (tie), Graham Fach, Canada, and Andrew Klingler, Grand Rapids, Mich., 2,589, $745.
19, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 2,575, $730.
20, Brandon Curtis, Manson, N.C., 2,559, $720.
21, Bobby Hall II, Landover, Md., 2,545, $710.
22, Zachary Seals, Kingsland, Ga., 2,534, $700.
23, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 2,530, $690.
24, Kole Payne, Charlotte, N.C., 2,525, $680.
25, Lee Vanderhoef, Canton, Ga., 2,502, $670.
26, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 2,486, $655.
26, n-Brian Locke, Raleigh, NC, 2,486, $655.
28, Leon Platt, Summerville, S.C., 2,474, $640.
29, Cody Mullis, Crystal River, Fla., 2,471, $625.
29, Mark Tarkington, Elizabeth City, N.C., 2,471, $625.
31, Kristian Rogers, Salisbury, N.C., 2,450, $610.
32, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 2,359, $600.

300 Games: Marshall Kent, Cristian Azcona.

n-denotes non-member.

Saturday, May 19, 2018


Rain Postpones Rumble Ponies in Manchester
MANCHESTER, NH – Saturday night’s game between the Binghamton Rumble Ponies and New Hampshire Fisher Cats at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium has been postponed due to inclement weather. The contest will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Sunday, May 20 starting at 1:05 PM.
The Horizons Federal Credit Union pregame show starts on Sunday at 12:50 PM and can be heard on NewsRadio 1290 AM and the Binghamton Rumble Ponies channel on TuneIn.


Tommy Jones Paces PBA Xtra Frame Wilmington Open Qualifying
18-time PBA Tour champion takes 88-pin lead into Sunday’s cashers round

WILMINGTON, N.C. (May 19, 2018) – Eighteen-time Professional Bowlers Association titlist Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., finished his eight-game qualifying round with a 279 game Saturday to roll into an 88-pin lead in PBA’s Xtra Frame Wilmington Open Saturday at Ten Pin Alley Family Fun Center.

Jones, 39, rolled games of 200, 208, 256, 243, 247, 278, 235 and 279 for an eight-game total of 1,946 pins, averaging at a 243.25 pace to easily lead the top 32 qualifiers who advanced to Sunday’s 9 a.m. cashers round. Chris Polizzi of Spring Hill, Fla., a six-year PBA member who won his only title in a PBA South Region tournament in Valdosta, Ga., in March, finished with 1,858 pins, six ahead of 2018 United States Bowling Congress Masters champion Andrew Anderson of Holly, Mich.

Puerto Rico’s Cristian Azcona, with 1,843 pins, and two-handed player Tim Foy Jr. of Seaford, Del., with a 1,836 total, round out the top five. Defending Wilmington Open champion Anthony Simonsen of Austin, Texas, qualified for the cashers round in 24th place, 240 pins behind Jones.

The Wilmington Open is the second of eight PBA Xtra Frame Tour events in 2018 and a part of the Go Bowling! PBA Tour. Competition continues Sunday with the four-game cashers round at 9 a.m. The top 16 after 12 games will bowl a three-game round at 11:30 a.m.; the top eight after 15 games bowl two more qualifying games at 1:30 p.m., and the four bowlers after 17 games advance to the stepladder finals at 3 p.m.

For Xtra Frame subscriptions, visit Subscriptions are available for three days ($3.99), 30 days ($7.99) or for a full year at a cost of about $1.25 per week.

Ten Pin Alley Family Fun Center, Wilmington, N.C., Saturday

Final Qualifying Standings (after 8 games; top 32 advance to Sunday’s cashers round at 9 a.m. ET):
1, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,946.
2, Chris Polizzi, Spring Hill, Fla., 1,858.
3, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 1,852.
4, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 1,843.
5, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 1,836.
6, Eric Cornog, Cherry Hill, N.J., 1,835.
7, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 1,793.
8, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 1,787.
9, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,784, $100.
10, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,781.
11, Sean Wilcox, Altamonte Springs, Fla., 1,767.
12, n-Brian Locke, Raleigh, NC, 1,762.
13, Kole Payne, Charlotte, N.C., 1,752.
14, Michael Vitalone, Jr., Lake Worth, Fla., 1,750.
15, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 1,748.
16, Bobby Hall II, Landover, Md., 1,745.
17, Andrew Klingler, Grand Rapids, Mich., 1,741.
18, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 1,728.
19, Mark Tarkington, Elizabeth City, N.C., 1,726.
20, Lee Vanderhoef, Canton, Ga., 1,715.
21, Leon Platt, Summerville, S.C., 1,712.
22, Graham Fach, Canada, 1,711.
23, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 1,710.
24, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 1,706.
25, Zachary Seals, Kingsland, Ga., 1,702.
26, Richie Teece, England, 1,697.
27, Brandon Curtis, Manson, N.C., 1,696.
28, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 1,688.
29, Cody Mullis, Crystal River, Fla., 1,685.
30, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 1,683.
31 (tie), Kristian Rogers, Salisbury, N.C., and Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 1,679.
Failed to advance:
33, Jason Zook, Tampa, Fla., 1,677.
34, Kyle Cook, Centerville, Ohio, 1,674.
35, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 1,663.
36, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 1,647.
37, Adam Monks, Conway, S.C., 1,646.
38, Chris Arcaro, Carolina Beach, N.C., 1,637.
39, n-Anthony Marino, Elk Grove, Ill., 1,632.
40 (tie), Isaac Kim, Lebanon, Pa.; Dan Hochstein, Canton, Mich., and Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 1,631.
43, n-Adam Van Fleet, Haw River, N.C., 1,619.
44, Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 1,617.
45, Zack Brown, Holly Springs, N.C., 1,615.
46, Matt O'Grady, Rahway, N.J., 1,614.
47 (tie), Chris Barry, Black Mountain, N.C., and Greg Thomas, Irmo, S.C., 1,595.
49, Brian Hall, Macedon, N.Y., 1,590.
50, Stephen Hahn, Sterling, Va., 1,584.
51, CJ Kirchner, Herrin, Ill., 1,582.
52, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,569.
53, Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., 1,565.
54, Zachery Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,554.
55, John Furey, Howell, N.J., 1,547.
56, Matt Taylor, Youngsville, N.C., 1,545.
57, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 1,543.
58, Anthony Caso, Spring Hill, Fla., 1,542.
59, Daniel Blakeslee, St. Marys, Ga., 1,539.
60, Victor Florie Jr, Richmond, Va., 1,523.
61, n-Mike Albert, Little River, S.C., 1,520.
62, Adam Chase, North Babylon, N.Y., 1,516.
63, David McCay Jr., Fredericksburg, Va., 1,510.
64, Marcus Collins, Pawleys Island, S.C., 1,508.
65, Kelly Lake, East Palatka, Fla., 1,506.
66, Michael Houtz, Myerstown, Pa., 1,498.
67 (tie), Anthony DeStasio, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and David Bleggi, Jacksonville, N.C., 1,495.
69, Joseph Grago, Hampstead, N.C., 1,492.
70, James Grover, Breinigsville, Pa., 1,489.
71, Ben Zakrocki, Philadelphia, 1,485.
72, Maximilian Fishman, Greensboro, N.C., 1,480.
73, Nick Christy, Newport, N.C., 1,467.
74, ss-Kenny Shoulars, Wilmington, N.C., 1,459.
75, Leonardo Apollonia, Raleigh, N.C., 1,458.
76 (tie), James Grago, Hampstead, N.C., and Jason Gittleson, Southern Pines, N.C., 1,456.
78, Norm Spurlock, Kenner, La., 1,450.
79, Cody McCowin, Daytona Beach, Fla., 1,447.
80, Joey Burruel, Glendale, Ariz., 1,431.
81, Richard Horsley, Holly Springs, N.C., 1,426.
82, Wayne Bolin, Lumberton, N.C., 1,422.
83, Brian Levine, Knightdale, N.C., 1,418.
84, n-Larry Schroeder, Winston Salem, NC, 1,413.
85, Brett Caramagno, Goose Creek, S.C., 1,408.
86, Richard Martinez, Ballston Spa, N.Y., 1,391.
87, n-Brian Lamb, Rock Hill, SC, 1,389.
88, Charles Beam Jr., Mount Holly, N.C., 1,381.
89, Leonard Freeman, Riegelwood, N.C., 1,368.
90, ss-Jim Price, Harrrisburg, N.C., 1,279.
91, Lawrence Hamilton, Newport, N.C., 1,269.
92, Naime Esteves, Clifton Park, N.Y., 1,263.
93, Dennis Jacques, Surfside, S.C., 1,251.
94, Louis Carrai, Wilmington, N.C., 1,228.
95, Larry Soncrant, Palatka, 1,152.