Sunday, July 15, 2018

DUCKS POWER DOWN PONIES

Ducks Flash Leather& Power to Down Ponies
AKRON, OH – The Akron RubberDucks used two sparkling defensive plays and a go-ahead home run by Bobby Bradley to defeat the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, 9-5, on Sunday afternoon at Canal Park. Binghamton infielder Levi Michael compiled a four-hit game, but it was not enough to prevent Binghamton from getting swept in the four-game series.
Akron flashed the leather in the third to prevent the Ponies from adding to their two-run lead. With a runner aboard, Josh Allen hit a fly ball to the right-field alley. Andrew Calica, sprinting from center, made a full-extension, diving grab to rob Allen and end the inning. In the fifth, Allen hit a pop up in foul ground with two aboard. Bobby Bradley dashed from first and dove into the front row to make the inning-ending catch.
Buoyed by his defensive gem, Bradley changed the game in the bottom of the fifth, blasting a two-run homer to right with two outs against Harol Gonzalez. Bradley’s shot, his team-leading 18th of the season, gave Akron a 4-3 lead.
The Rumble Ponies had grabbed an early advantage against Akron starter Triston McKenzie. Allen delivered an RBI single in Binghamton’s two-run first inning before Jhoan Urena launched a solo homer in the fourth, his sixth longball of the season.
After falling behind on Bradley’s homer the Rumble Ponies pulled within a run on back-to-back two-out doubles from Levi Michael and Kevin Taylor in the seventh. Binghamton put two aboard in the eighth, but Argenis Angulo retired Joey Wong to end the threat.
Akron salted the game away by scoring four times in the eighth against relievers Stephen Nogosek and David Roseboom.
Binghamton starter Harol Gonzalez (0-1) suffered the loss in his Double-A debut. The righty was touched for five runs on eight hits over six innings. He struck out five and walked two. McKenzie (4-2) earned the win in 5-2/3 innings of work.
The Rumble Ponies (43-48) return home to open a four-game series against the Portland Sea Dogs on Monday at 6:45 PM. RHP Justin Dunn takes the mound for Binghamton. The Horizons Federal Credit Union pregame show starts at 6:20 PM and can be heard on NewsRadio 1290 AM WNBF and the Binghamton Rumble Ponies channel on TuneIn.
POSTGAME NOTES: Tim Tebow’s single to center in the eighth extended his hitting streak to a season-high 11 games, one shy of a career-high (12 with St. Lucie (High-A) in 2017)…Levi Michael matched a career-high with his four-hit game…the Rumble Ponies were swept for the sixth time this season
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SANCHEZ POWERS RAILRIDERS

SANCHEZ POWERS RAILRIDERS TO 3-1 VICTORY
Sanchez, McKinney go deep for SWB as Cessa shuts down Rochester offense
 
MOOSIC, Pa. (July 15, 2018) – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders defeated the Rochester Red Wings 3-1 on Sunday afternoon at PNC Field. MLB rehabber Gary Sanchez caught seven innings and finished 1-for-3 with a solo home run at the plate.
 
The RailRiders broke through in the bottom of the fourth against the Red Wings when Sanchez launched a monster solo home run to left field to put the Baby Bombers ahead 1-0. The mammoth blast came off fellow MLB rehabber Ervin Santana.
 
In the top of the fifth, the Red Wings struck back against Luis Cessa. Jon Kemmer drew a one-out walk and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Edgar Corcino lifted a sacrifice fly to left field, plating Kemmer and evening the ledger at 1-1. Cessa (2-0) was strong in seven innings of work, allowing just one run on four hits, walking one and striking out five.
 
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre regained the lead in the bottom of the sixth, when Billy McKinney cracked a tape measure home run down the right field line. The solo round-tripper was McKinney’s team-leading 13th of the season.
 
The next batter, Brandon Drury, was hit by a pitch, and after back-to-back strikeouts from Santana, Ryan McBroom walked. Abiatal Avelino then drove a double to left to plate Drury and extend the RailRiders lead to 3-1.
 
Giovanny Gallegos relieved Cessa and delivered scoreless innings in the eighth and ninth to earn a six out save, his second of the season.
 
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre hits the road to take on the Toledo Mud Hens on Monday night at Fifth Third Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. LHP Nestor Cortes (3-3, 3.43) takes the bump for the RailRiders, while the Mud Hens counter with RHP Kyle Funkhouser (AAA Debut). Follow along with all the action on NEPA Sports Radio The Game, with pregame coverage beginning at 6:35 p.m.
 
The RailRiders return home to PNC Field on Tuesday, July 24 when they host the Charlotte Knights at 7:05 p.m. For tickets and more information, call (570) 969-BALL or slide towww.swbrailriders.com/tickets.
 
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders Record:
48-43

Friday, July 13, 2018

BOWLERS JOURNAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

2018 BOWLERS JOURNAL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN SYRACUSE ENDS IN DRAMATIC FASHION
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The benefit of bowling on the last day of a tournament that spans many months is not having to endure the wait to see if your score will hold up.
Mitch Hupé of Towanda, Kansas, only had hours to wait to see if he was going to be the Open Singles champion at the 2018 Bowlers Journal Championships presented by the United States Bowling Congress. He bowled early on the final day of competition and rolled games of 257, 257 and 279 for a 793 series.
The longtime member of Team Canada and a 2015 Intercollegiate Team Championships titlist with Wichita State topped the longstanding mark of 791, set by Jason Bowles of Strongsville, Ohio, on March 24, the second day of the 107-day event.
Hupé will receive $8,000 for the victory, and he headlines a talented group of champions this year at AMF Strike 'N Spare Lanes, just a short distance from the Oncenter Convention Center, which hosted the USBC Open Championships from March 24-July 8.
The 23-year-old right-hander, who also is a Regular Team champion at the Open Championships (2016), claimed an additional $1,000 for topping the Dual Entry standings, too. The special no-cost feature at the Bowlers Journal Championships includes all competitors who choose to use their three-game totals for singles and doubles at the same time.
"I wanted to put up a good score but wasn't necessarily chasing the lead," said Hupé, whose set helped him to a third-place finish in Open Doubles with Kevin Bienko (653) with a 1,446 total. "I started the last game with a spare, so I had a long way to go. Luckily, I got the first strike in the 10th. Our main focus coming out here is performing well at the Open Championships, and we could have done better there, but I'm very happy to win the Bowlers Journal."
The Open Doubles title at the 2018 Bowlers Journal Championships went to a pair of New Jersey bowlers, Jim Hosier of Wayne, New Jersey, and Matthew O'Grady, Rahway, New Jersey, who combined for a 1,452 total during the first week of June.
O'Grady, who made headlines earlier in the year when he won the 2018 Professional Bowlers Association Tournament of Champions for his first PBA Tour title, led the doubles effort at AMF Strike 'N Spare Lanes with a 782 series, while Hosier added a 670 set.
The victory earned the pair $8,000 to share and kept the momentum going for O'Grady, a 31-year-old right-hander and former Junior Team USA member. His 782 set also tied him for fourth place in Open Singles and third place in the Dual Entry standings.
"I've known Jim for a good 15 years, and I've always looked up to him as a tremendous bowler," O'Grady said. "He's always been an awesome competitor, so I know anytime I team with him, we have a pretty good chance at doing well because he's always bringing the fire. You have a little less pressure to perform when you know your doubles partner is really, really good. It's definitely been a good year so far, and I hope to keep it going."
Warren Eales, a 59-year-old right-hander from Chandler, Arizona, also rode some momentum into the Salt City, following his win at the season-opening 2018 PBA50 Lucas Magazine Classic in New Port Richey, Florida, and he managed to claim a pair of senior titles at the 2018 Bowlers Journal Championships.
Eales rolled games of 269, 259 and 253 for a 781 series, which earned him the top spot in Senior Singles, and he teamed with Sam Ventura, a 59-year-old right-hander from Norwich, New York, to take the Senior Doubles title, also with a 1,452 total. Ventura contributed a 671 series on games of 212, 235 and 224.
"It has been quite a spring," said Eales, who will take home $3,000 for the singles win and will share $1,600 with Ventura for the doubles victory. "With the quality of players who bowl the Bowlers Journal, to have the chance to win two titles is a great accomplishment, and I'm happy to have held on. I've been fortunate to have three enormous accomplishments now in a very short period of time, so it shows that perseverance really pays off."
Additional individual winners at the 2018 Bowlers Journal Championships included USBC Hall of Famer Gus Yannaras of Waukesha, Wisconsin, in Super Senior Singles with a 735 set and Isaac Wake of Versailles, Indiana, in the 209 & Under Handicap Singles event with a 683 performance.
Wake also topped the standings in Classified All-Events this year at the Open Championships with a 1,754 nine-game total.
The top prize in both Super Senior Singles and 209 & Under Handicap Singles is $2,000.
Handicap Doubles at AMF Strike 'N Spare this year was won by Herman Glenn of Lake Wales, Florida, and Larry Klemme of Sebring, Florida, with a 1,276 total, worth $1,400.
Competitors at the 2018 event also had the opportunity to take home some extra prize money by entering three different jackpots - Clean Frame Jackpot, High Game Jackpot and Strike-It-Rich Jackpot. Each features a prize-fund style payout.
A total of 15 players were able to navigate three games across three different pairs without an open frame to claim a portion of the top prize in the Clean Frame Jackpot, while one of the three bowlers who rolled 300 games in 2018, Matt Staninger of Highland, Indiana, was entered in the High Game Jackpot.
Eight competitors were able to deliver strikes in each of the designated nine frames to share the top payout in the Strike-It-Rich Jackpot.
Winners in the Clean Frame Jackpot will get $820, while the top spots in the High Game Jackpot and Strike-It-Rich Jackpot will pay $7,000 and $1,400, respectively, to each competitor.

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TEAMING UP AGAINST HUNGER



The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders and BUSH’S Beans Team-Up Against Hunger
Two organizations come together with the Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank to fight hunger in the NEPA community

MOOSIC, Pa. and KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (July 13, 2018) – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders and BUSH’S® Beans are working with the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank and CEO (The Commission on Economic Opportunity)  to “Team Up Against Hunger.” In its second year, this program encourages fans to bring non-perishable food donations to PNC Field on July 15th and 29th and, in turn, fans will receive a FREE Lawn Ticket on Sunday July 15th and on the 29th fans will receive 1 entry into a grand prize drawing to win either a Chance Adams autographed bobble head, a Clint Frazier autographed bobble head, OR a 2018 RailRiders team signed baseball for helping to feed the local community through the Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank. Ninety Minor League Baseball™(MiLB) clubs across the country will “Team Up Against Hunger” throughout the month of July. The month is significant as it marks the middle of summer break and a crucial time when millions of children are not receiving free or reduced-price meals at their schools as they do when school is in session.

“We are honored to partner with BUSH’S Beans and the Weinberg Food Bank to bring the issue of hunger to light using our MiLB platform,” said Jordan Maydole, RailRiders Director of Community Relations. “This is one great way to bring the community together to show that we are united in the fight against hunger in our hometown. We are grateful to Minor League Baseball and BUSH’S Beans for joining us in a cause that is so near to our hearts and the hearts of this community.”

“As a family-owned food company, it is important to everyone at BUSH’S to help hungry families,” said Mike Morris, consumer experience manager at Bush Brothers & Co. “Working with Minor League Baseball and communities nationwide helps bring attention and action to a very important topic – beating hunger.”

“CEO’s Weinberg Food Bank is happy to be working with the RailRiders again to help combat hunger in our community. Hunger is an issue that is widespread and food drives are just one of the ways we try to get the community involved to acquire more food to distribute to those in need,” says Roderick Blaine, Director of Administration for the Commission on Economic Opportunity. “Anyone donating food is a community partner as well and we are very thankful for their assistance.”

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BOWLING SPARE SHOTS

PBA Spare Shots
 
BEAUTIES VS. BEASTS SPECIAL EVENT TO KICK OFF MIXED DOUBLES EVENT
A new “Beauties vs. Beasts” five-game Baker format team match will kick off the annual PBA-PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles Tournament presented by Storm on Thursday, July 26, at 4 p.m. CDT at Copperfield Bowl in Houston, Texas. The special event will be covered live by PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling.
 
Tournament founder Donna Conners, who is always looking to add bigger-and-better features to the event, will pit last year’s top male qualifiers against last year’s leading female qualifiers in a Baker format team competition. At stake will be $5,000 in bonus prize money for the winning team, with $1,000 to the losing team.
 
Bowling on the female side will be Germany’s Birgit Popplar (who won the 2017 mixed doubles title with partner Jason Sterner); Stefanie Johnson of McKinney, Texas; Holly Harris of Wichita, Kan.; Josie Earnest-Barnes of Nashville, Tenn., and Natalie Cortese of Hoffman Estates, Ill. (Cortese replaces Sweden’s Jenny Wegner, who is not entered this year). The male side will feature Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C.; Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C.; Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas; Brad Miller of Raytown, Mo., and Clint Land of Houston.
 
The 19th annual mixed doubles tournament, the largest event of its kind in professional bowling, will feature a world-class field of 160 teams including players from around the world. It will be covered from start to finish by PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling, beginning with the first of four eight-game qualifying squads at 8 a.m. CDT on Friday, July 27.
 
PBA50 TOUR NEXT TO MAKE PBA XTRA FRAME ON FLOBOWLING DEBUT
The PBA50 Tour will be the next to make its PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling debut when the “senior tour” resumes its 2018 schedule July 17-20 in the PBA50 River City Extreme Open, presented by Ebonite, from River City Extreme in Monticello, Minn.
 
July coverage of the PBA50 Tour by PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling continues with the PBA50 South Shore Open presented by Hammer at Olympia Lanes in Hammond, Ind., July 23-26, and the PBA50 Security Federal Savings Bank Championship, presented by Track, at Dave Small's Heritage Lanes, Kokomo, Ind., July 28-31.
 
All PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling events are covered live, from first ball to last, at
FloBowling.com. Existing Xtra Frame subscribers can transition their current subscriptions by visiting https://www.flobowling.com/claim-account or new subscribers can sign-up at FloBowling.com.
 
USBC EXTENDS SENIOR MASTERS, SUPER SENIOR CLASSIC THROUGH 2021 AT SAM’S TOWN
The United States Bowling Congress has extended its agreement with Sam’s Town Bowling Center in Las Vegas to host the Senior Masters and Super Senior Classic through 2021. Sam’s Town has hosted both events since 2016. 
 
In 2019, the Super Senior Classic for players 60 and older will begin on May 29 with the Senior Masters set for June 2-9. The Super Senior Classic has grown from 28 competitors in 2013 to 184 bowlers in 2018.
 
The 2020 Senior Masters is set for May 31-June 7, while the 2021 event will take place June 6-13. The 2020 Super Senior Classic is scheduled for May 27-31 and the 2021 tournament will be June 2-6.

 
PBA REGIONAL UPDATE:  BOB CARUSO WINS CECIL RAYMOND MEMORIAL TITLE
Bob Caruso of Dayton, N.J. defeated Steve Pavlinko of Sewell, N.J., 246-218, to win the PBA50 Cecil Raymond Memorial presented by Ebonite at Brunswick Zone Deptford on Sunday.
 
Caruso, who qualified second, held a comfortable lead throughout the title match on his way to his fourth career PBA Regional title and his second in Deptford. He also won the 2014 Mil-Ray Foods Open. Pavlinko is the co-sponsor of the event and operates the pro shop inside the center. Caruso won $2,000 while Pavlinko earned $1,000 for his runner-up finish.
 
The tournament, which began in 2004, was renamed in 2014 to honor its sponsor, Cecil Raymond, who passed away in January 2014. Raymond was the 2013 recipient of the East Region’s Pat Patterson Award for outstanding contributions to the region.
 
In the semifinal round, Caruso edged Tommy Brodowski of New Hyde Park, N.Y., 174-173, when Brodowski opened in the 10th frame while Pavlinko defeated three-time East Region PBA50 Player of the Year Sam Maccarone of Williamstown, N.J., 227-207. Brodowski and Maccarone each earned $750 as semifinal round losers.
 
● The July 13-15 PBA Regional schedule includes the PBA50 Fairborn Central Classic presented by Roto Grip at Bowl 10 Fairborn in Fairborn, Ohio; the PBA Allstate Tony Grigat Midwest Open presented by Columbia 300 at Poplar Creek Bowl in Hoffman Estates, Ill., and the PBA Beltline Lanes Columbia Baker Doubles South Open in Columbia, S.C.
 
● Over the July 20-22 weekend, PBA Regional events will include the PBA50 Parkway Lanes Eastern Open presented by Roto Grip in Elmwood Park, N.J.; the PBA Angola Central/Midwest Open presented by Ebonite at Angola Bowl in Angola, Ind.; the PBA Spring Hill Lanes South Open presented by Track in Spring Hill, Fla.; the PBA Fort Sill Southwest Open at Twin Oaks Bowling Center in Fort Sill, Okla.; the PBA, PBA50 and PBA-PWBA Secoma Lanes Northwest/West Open tripleheader in Federal Way, Wash., and the PBA50 Beverly Lanes Midwest/Central Open presented by Roto Grip in Arlington Heights, Ill.
 
● Closing out the July schedule of PBA Regional competitions will be the PBA50 Ned Micelli Memorial at Herrill Lanes in New Hyde Park, N.Y., over the July 27-28 weekend.
 
● For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on PBA Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area…and remember, you can follow “live scoring” for all PBA Regional events on pba.com (easily accessible for Apple device users using the PBA app).
 
QUICK NOTES
● Last call for fans to vote on the “best bowler” in the 2018 ESPY competition. Click on this link (http://www.espn.com/espys/story/_/page/voting54/best-athlete-sport) and look for the “best bowler” ballot which includes Jason Belmonte, Rhino Page, Tom Smallwood and Jesper Svensson. The winner will be announced when the ESPY shows airs on ESPN on Wednesday, July 18.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

RAILRIDERS BATS SILENT IN 2-1 DEFEAT

RAILRIDERS BATS SILENT IN 2-1 DEFEAT AGAINST RED WINGS
OF Shane Robinson (1-for-4) snags an RBI in loss
 
MOOSIC, Pa. (July 12, 2018) – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders’ bats were silent Thursday night at PNC field as they fell to the Rochester Red Wings 2-1. 
 
The Red Wings took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third as Taylor Motter led off the inning with a walk and later scored on a single by Nick Gordon. The RailRiders responded in the bottom half of the inning as Abiatal Avelino singled and advanced to second on a passed ball. Shane Robinson then smacked a single to the left-center gap to plate Avelino and tie the game. 
 
Neither team scored through the next three innings until Rochester pushed a run across in the top of the seventh. Motter started off with a walk and again Gordon singled to score him giving the Red Wings a 2-1 lead. 

Rochester threatened again in the top of the eighth as Stephen Tarpley beaned both Kennys Vargas and LaMonte Wade. Jon Kemmer then hit a hot grounder to first to move both runners. The RailRiders decided to intentionally walk Taylor Motter to load the bases and Tarpley got Jordan Pacheco to ground into a double play to end the inning. 
 
Chance Adams was handed the loss but had a decent outing going 6.2 innings allowing only two runs on five hits. He struck out five and walked three. In relief, Stephen Tarpley and Cale Coshow did not allow any hits or runs in their combined 2.2 innings. Robinson, Avelino, Billy McKinney and Tyler Austin were the only RailRiders with hits in the game. 
 
The team will continue their home stand with Rochester tomorrow. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. LHP Josh Rogers (6-6, 3.55) heads to the mound for SWB and LHP Stephen Gonsalves (5-3, 3.86) will be on the bump for the Red Wings. For tickets and more information, call (570) 969-BALL or slide to www.swbrailriders.com/tickets.
 
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders Record:
46-42

DUCKS PADDLE PAST PONIES

Ducks Start Strong, Paddle Past Ponies
AKRON, OH – The Akron RubberDucks plated three runs in the first, highlighted by a two-run double by Connor Marabell, and held off the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, 3-2, on Thursday night at Canal Park. The Rumble Ponies racked up 10 hits against five Ducks pitchers, but mustered just one with a runner in scoring position in the series opener.
Akron used a two-out rally to get on the board in the first against Mickey Jannis. With two in scoring position, Marabell poked a bases-clearing double down the left-field line. Willi Castro kicked the lead to three, following with an RBI single to right.
Jannis settled down after his bumpy first inning and posted capped his night with six scoreless innings. The knuckleballer set down 18 of the final 20 RubberDucks hitters he faced.
The Rumble Ponies started a few rallies, but could not get over the hump against a collection of Ducks relievers. Binghamton put two in scoring position against spot-starter Matt Whitehouse with one out in the third, but a base running mistake led to an inning-ending double play. The Rumble Ponies stranded two in the fifth against David Speer, and failed to score in the sixth after Josh Allen led off with a double versus Cole Sulser.
Binghamton finally cracked the scoreboard in the eighth with Nick Pasquale on the mound. Joey Terdoslavich stroked a two-out single to center to plate Allen from second. The Rumble Ponies scratched out a run in the ninth against Henry Martinez on a groundout by Jhoan Urena, before the righty notched the final two outs to seal his tenth save.
Jannis (6-3) was touched for three runs on six hits over seven innings in the loss. Sulser (1-0) earned the official scorer-awarded win with two scoreless innings of relief.
The Rumble Ponies (43-45) continue their four-game series in Akron on Friday at 7:05 PM. RHP Scott Copeland gets the ball for the Ponies against RHP Aaron Civale. The Horizons Federal Credit Union pregame show starts at 6:50 PM and can be heard on NewsRadio 1290 AM WNBF and the Binghamton Rumble Ponies channel on TuneIn.
POSTGAME NOTES: Mickey Jannis made his 60th career Double-A start with Binghamton, tying him with Rainy Lara (2014-2016) for third-most in franchise history…the Ponies went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position…Tim Tebow extended his hitting streak to a season-best eight games with an infield single in the fifth inning