Saturday, September 16, 2017


RailRiders Come Up Short in Repeat Bid
RailRiders’ Season Ends with Loss to Durham

Moosic, Pa. – As they did all season, the SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/ New York Yankees) fought to the bitter end on Friday night at PNC Field, but fell short, 6-4, against the Durham Bulls in Game Four of the International League Governors’ Cup Championship Series. The Bulls (3-1) claim their second title in five seasons. The RailRiders (1-3) closed out another memorable campaign.

Starter Brady Lail (0-1) hurled three scoreless frames before running into trouble in the fourth. Trailing 1-0, Durham’s Daniel Robertson drove in two with a bases-loaded single to right and a third run came home on an error. The Bulls added on another run with consecutive doubles in by Kean Wong and Willy Adames.
The Bulls used five relievers behind starter Burch Smith. Hunter Wood (1-0) took home the victory, retiring the only batter he faced. Diego Castillo notched the final five outs for the save.
Jonathan Diaz reached bases four times for SWB. He singled to left in the third and scored on a hit to right by Miguel Andujar for a 1-0 lead.
The Bulls scored six in a row, including a two-run homer by Robertson, before the RailRiders mounted one last charge. Mike Ford doubled for the second time in the game and scored on a grounder by Jake Cave in the sixth. Kyle Higashioka worked a bases-loaded walk to force in a run in the seventh. Diaz walked and crossed home as the game’s final run in the eighth thanks to a throwing error by Robertson.
Durham’s Jake Bauers was named Most Valuable Player after hitting .412 (7-for-17) with two doubles, two RBIs, and three runs scored.
The RailRiders host the 2017 Gildan Triple-A National Championship on Tuesday, September 19 at 7:07 p.m. The Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay Rays) will face either the Memphis Redbirds (St. Louis Cardinals) or El Paso Chihuahuas (San Diego Padres) out of the Pacific Coast League. For tickets or more information, please call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit

Friday, September 15, 2017


RailRiders Fall to Durham in Game Three
Cooper, Solano Tally Multi-Hit Efforts

Moosic, Pa. – The SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/ New York Yankees) could not overcome an early deficit and dropped Game Three of the International League Governors’ Cup Championship Series to the Durham Bulls 6-2 on Thursday night at PNC Field. The RailRiders (1-2) must win the next two games against the Bulls (2-1) to capture their second straight Cup.

Chance Adams (0-1) allowed three runs on three hits across four innings. He issued three walks and struck out six. Brent Honeywell (1-0) struck out 10 over six scoreless frames, yielding five hits and a walk.
The Bulls grabbed a 2-0 lead on a home run to center field by Shane Peterson in the second inning. From there, they plated another run in the fourth and built a 6-0 lead with three in the seventh.
SWB came back with two runs in the home half of the seventh thanks to a double by Mason Williams and a productive groundout by Donovan Solano.
Solano finished with two hits. Garrett Cooper and Jonathan Diaz also came away with two hits.
Game Four of the GCSS at PNC Field is set for a 6:35 p.m. first pitch on Friday, September 15. The RailRiders are expected to start right-hander Brady Lail (6-5, 5.17). Right-hander Burch Smith (2-1, 1.65) will throw for the Bulls. SWB will host the Gildan Triple-A National Championship Game on Tuesday, Sept. 19. For tickets or more information, please call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit

Thursday, September 14, 2017


PBA Spare Shots

With the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Reno Properties, less than two months away, the early entry list is closing in on the WSOB record for international representation with PBA members from 19 countries already on the roster, just four shy of the record set last year in Reno.

More than 120 entries are already on file from bowlers representing Australia, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Ecuador, England, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, The Netherlands, Norway, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Sweden, Thailand and Venezuela as well as the United States.

Ramon Hilferink will be the first bowler from The Netherlands to bowl in the World Series.

WSOB IX will begin on Nov. 7 and conclude with a series of finals Nov. 18-19 for delayed telecast on ESPN (all of the finals will be live-streamed on ESPN3 and the Watch ESPN app). The World Series, open exclusively to PBA members, will include the PBA Cheetah, Chameleon, Scorpion and Shark animal pattern events, all leading into the PBA World Championship. The multi-event program also will include a USA vs. The World team match featuring the five top U.S. and five top international qualifiers based on composite scores from the four animal pattern events, and the 2017 World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals, presented by the PBA, which will feature the three leaders in competition points from a global series of tournaments in each gender division.

PBA Regional Challenge and PBA50 Tour Challenge events will kick off the World Series on Nov. 7, and will be covered exclusively by Xtra Frame, PBA’s online video streaming channel, which also will provide live coverage of all preliminary rounds of WSOB competition.

All PBA members are reminded that a lodging confirmation from one of Eldorado Reno Properties (Silver Legacy, Eldorado or Circus Circus) is required at the time of entry. Special World Series room rates also are available to fans, and news media and bowling industry representatives. To make room reservations, use one of the following links:

Silver Legacy: Room rates: $50 Sunday–Thursday, $70 Friday & Saturday. Silver Legacy code ISPBA17. Reservations phone number: 800-687-8733. Online reservations:

Eldorado: Room rates $50 Sunday–Thursday; $80 Friday & Saturday. Eldorado code IEPBA17. Reservations phone number: 800-879-8879. Online reservations:

Circus Circus: Room rates: $38 Sunday–Thursday; $60 Friday & Saturday. Circus Circus code ICPBA17. Reservations phone number: 800-648-5010. Online reservations:

Once a room reservation is made, PBA members can enter the World Series online (,25.htm). 

Anthony Simonsen’s historic victory in the 2016 USBC Masters at age 19 is the newest “PBA Player Perspective” feature on PBA’s Xtra Frame online video streaming channel. In the exclusive Xtra Frame feature that debuted on Wednesday, Simonsen shares his insight on becoming the youngest player in history to win a PBA Tour major title in his victory over Canada’s Dan MacLelland in the 2016 Masters from Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis.

A new PBA Player Perspective is being unveiled every other week, exclusively available to Xtra Frame subscribers along with hundreds of hours of additional content, including PBA tournament archives, interviews, bowling instruction, discussions about bowling equipment and more. To sign up for an Xtra Frame subscription, visit

Ray Edwards of Middle Island, N.Y. rolled three clutch strikes in the 10th frame to achieve a 279 tie in the final match against Rick Graham of Lancaster, Pa., preserving his 12-pin lead and earning his 23rd PBA Regional title in the PBA50 Towne Bowling Academy Open in Schenectady, N.Y., Sunday. 

Edwards entered the position round finale with a 12-pin lead over Graham. With the 30 bonus pins awarded to the match winner, whoever won the match won the title. Both players started with six strikes before Graham left a 10 pin. Edwards posted a seventh strike before leaving a 4 pin.

Graham, who finished first, struck out to force Edwards to match his effort and split the 30 bonus pins, which he did to finish with an eight-game total of 2,054 pins. The reigning East Region PBA50 Player of the Year won his second title of the season, making him the leading candidate to retain his PBA50 POY title and earn his fifth overall East Region POY award. He also took home the $1,500 first prize.

Graham, who turned 50 in August, won $850 as the runner-up. Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Township, Mich., who rolled the only 300 game of the event, trailed Edwards by only 30 pins going into the position round game, but could not overcome the 279-279 match between the two leaders. He finished third and earned $800.

Former University of Kansas star Dylan Burns from Lawrence, Kan., defeated 17-year old Trey Ford III of Bartlesville, Okla., 205-167, to win the fourth annual PBA Grand Casino Resort & Hotel Southwest Invitational at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., Sunday.

Burns, who won the 2014 PBA Lakewood Southwest Open as an amateur, earned his first PBA Regional title by avoiding open frames to topple the Oklahoma teenager to claim the $4,000 winner’s check.

After 12 games of qualifying, both Burns and Ford had long roads to the final match. Neither earned any byes in the elimination finals as Burns qualified 11th and Ford slipped into the finals with a 257 in his final game to grab the last spot in the 16-man finals. Burns started his road to victory by edging Brett Cooper of Fort Worth, Texas, 2-1 in the best-of-three-game Round of 16. He then defeated Anthony Lavery-Spahr of Pasadena, Texas; Sean Lavery-Spahr, also of Pasadena, and Mike Bailey from Irving, Texas, in his ensuing single-elimination matches.
Ford, who began bowling in PBA competition as a 13-year-old amateur, advanced to the finals with elimination match wins over Andy Patterson of Tyler, Texas; Beau Peterson from Newton, Kan.; fellow two-hander Shawn Maldonado of Houston, and Devin Bidwell of Wichita, Kan., before Burns ended his bid for his first PBA title. Ford, who joined the PBA in 2016 at age 16, earned $2,500 for second place.

As part of the tournament weekend, Dallas native Chris Warren of Grants Pass, Ore., and South Plains Lanes general manager/proprietor Jimmy (Jimbo) Evans of Lubbock, Texas, were inducted into the PBA Southwest Region Hall of Fame.

Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio defeated Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y. by 130 pins to win the PBA Autism Awareness Central Open presented by K&R Mower Derby at Astro Lanes in Wapakoneta, Ohio, Sunday.

Loschetter finished with a 10-2 match play record and a total of 5,120 pins for 20 games, including match play bonus pins, to win the $3,300 first place prize and his 14th PBA Regional title.

Amateur Russ Oviatt defeated Jakob Butturff, 250-239, in a battle of Tempe, Ariz., bowlers to win the PBA West Aquimo Open presented by Columbia 300 at Mesa East Bowl in Mesa, Ariz., Sunday.

Oviatt, who earned $2,500 for his win, does not receive credit as a regional champion because he isn’t a PBA member. He defeated Josh Blanchard of Mesa, 212-187, to set up the title match after Blanchard eliminated Ronnie Russell of Marion, Ind., 184-156, in the opening match of the stepladder finals.

Nick Kruml of Downers Grove, Ill., defeated Mitch Beasley of Clarksville, Tenn., 245-147, to win the PBA Diamond Jo Midwest Open at Cherry Lanes Sunday in Dubuque, Iowa. Kruml, a PBA rookie, won his first PBA title along with the $1,800 first prize.

Beasley defeated amateur Collin Smith of Huron, S.D., 210-204, to advance to the championship match. In the first stepladder match, Beasley edged another amateur, Bryan Hahlen of Greenwood, S.C., 235-171.

In the PBA-PWBA segment of the tournament, Jodi Gawlik of Schaumburg posted an eight-game total of 1,697 pins to defeat Nichole DePaul-Miller of Plano, Ill., by 98 pins for the $1,200 first prize.
● September 15-17 PBA Regional events will include the PBA Rex & Griffin Bigelow Memorial/M&D Blacktop/BW3’s Central Open presented by Hammer at Troy Bowl in Troy, Ohio; the PBA Century Lanes Hampton South Open in Hampton, Va., and the PBA and PBA50 Ken & Kathy Fowler Auto Centers West/Northwest Opens doubleheader at Yokayo Bowling Center in Ukiah, Calif.
● The PBA Regional calendar for the Sept. 22-24 weekend includes the PBA/PBA50 Millsboro Lanes Doubles in Millsboro, Del.; the Florence Bowling Center Central Open in Florence, Ky.; the PBA50 Rocky Mount South Open at Rocky Mount (Va.) Bowling Center; the Liberal Kansas Southwest Open at Ayr Lanes; the PBA and PBA50 Mockingbird Lanes doubleheader in Omaha, Neb., and the PBA West/Northwest TSI Inc. Open presented by Onsite Express at Paradise Lanes in Tacoma, Wash.

● The PBA Regional schedule for the Sept. 29-Oct. 1 weekend includes the PBA50 Mel Westrich Memorial Central/Midwest Open at Delphos Recreation in Delphos, Ohio; the PBA50 Spartanburg South Open at Paradise Lanes in Spartanburg, S.C., and the Killeen Southwest Open at Hallmark Lanes in Killeen, Texas.

● For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit, 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 new PBA app).

Ebonite International has named PBA Tour titlist Dave Wodka as the company's new Global Marketing Manager. Wodka, who owns one PBA Tour and 21 PBA Regional titles, will work closely with the EBI team to drive the company’s brands worldwide.

● As a tribute to his grandfather, PBA member Andy Varipapa II of Brookeville, Md., has created a comprehensive  website ( that chronicles the life of the legendary showman and trick shot artist from the 1930s until his death in 1984 at age 93. Although Varipapa was 68 when the PBA was founded, his passion for the organization and the sport is clearly outlined in his grandson’s extensive collection of articles, photos, testimonials and more. A lengthy interview with Varipapa II, conducted during the 2016 PBA Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic is included in PBA’s Xtra Frame archives.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017


The RailRiders Blank Back
SWB Deadlocks Governors’ Cup Finals, 1-1

Durham, N.C. – One night after suffering a shutout defeat, the SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) flipped the script on the host Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay Rays) on Wednesday night, taking Game 2 of the Governors’ Cup Finals, 4-0. Domingo German, Anyelo Gomez and Nick Rumbelow combined on the two-hit blanking, tying the best-of-five series, 1-1.

German (1-0) fired seven scoreless innings of one-hit ball, whiffing eight and walking three. He retired the final seven men he faced en route to the win.

SWB posted single scores in the first, seventh, eighth and ninth innings. Garrett Cooper singled Donovan Solano home in the opening frame. Solano’s single plated Mark Payton for a 2-0 margin in the seventh. A throwing error by third baseman Daniel Robertson allowed Cooper to scamper home in the eighth and Miguel Andujar singled Mason Williams home in the final frame.

Gomez worked around a one-out infield hit by striking out Justin O’Conner and Johnny Field in succession in the eighth. Rumbelow, who allowed runs in just one of his 17 regular-season appearances with the RailRiders, enjoyed redemption against the lone team to tag him with a score. He bookended strikeouts around a Jake Bauers two-out double to cement the series-tying victory.

Durham starter Yonny Chirinos (0-1) took the loss. He gave up one run on three hits and two walks over five frames. He struck out one and hit a batter on 63 pitches (41 strikes).

The best-of-five Governors’ Cup Finals shift to the RailRiders’ PNC Field with Game 3 on Thursday, Sept. 14 at 6:35 p.m. SWB is expected to start Chance Adams against fellow right-hander Brent Honeywell.  Playoff tickets are on sale now. For tickets or more information, please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit The RailRiders’ PNC Field will also host the Gildan Triple-A National Championship Game on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 7:07 p.m.

The RailRiders did not allow a run on the road during last year’s run to the IL’s Governors’ Cup crown. With their efforts on Wednesday night, the staff has posted shutouts in five of its last six road playoff games.

Including the regular season, Domingo German has fired 20 scoreless innings over three starts against the Bulls this season.

A pair of Major League rehabbers hurled in relief for the Bulls. Former New York Yankee Nathan Eovaldi gave up two hits in a scoreless sixth. Xavier Cedeno surrendered a score on two hits and a walk over two-thirds of an inning thereafter.

The RailRiders will host Game 3 and Game 4, along with the if-necessary Game 5, at PNC Field. The winner of the series will represent the IL against the PCL champion in Tuesday’s Gildan Triple-A National Championship Game, also in Moosic at PNC Field. The RailRiders posted the IL’s second-best home record on the regular season at 44-26.

G1 Tue. Sept. 12 at Durham – DUR 6, SWB 0
G2 Wed. Sept. 13 at Durham 6:35 p.m. – SWB 4, DUR 0
G3 Thu. Sept. 14 vs. Durham 6:35p         
G4 Fri. Sept. 15 vs. Durham 6:35p         
*G5 Sat. Sept. 16 vs. Durham 4:05p       
*-If Necessary

NCG Tue. Sept. 19 7:07p (IL Champion vs. PCL Champion)


Rumble Ponies Announce 2018 Schedule
BINGHAMTON, NY – With their inaugural season in the books, the Binghamton Rumble Ponies are proud to unveil their schedule for the 2018 season. The Rumble Ponies are set to kick off their second season at NYSEG Stadium with their home opener on April 5, 2018 against the Portland Sea Dogs.
There will be eleven weekends of pro baseball in the Southern Tier, including eight from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The team will be home for three major summer holidays including Memorial Day (May 28), Independence Day (July 4) and Labor Day (September 2).
Home games from Monday through Thursday will be scheduled to start at 6:35 PM throughout the season with the following exceptions: May 24 & June 14 (Baseball in Education Days), May 28 (Memorial Day), July 18 (Super Splash Day) and September 3 (Labor Day). Friday games throughout the year will start at 7:05 PM.
In a change for the 2018 season, Saturday contests from May 26 onward will begin at 6:05 PM. The first three Saturday games are slated for 3:05 PM starts. Aside from 6:35 PM first pitches on May 27 and September 2, Sunday home games will commence at 2:05 PM.
Rumble Club Memberships, which include tickets to the entire 70-game home schedule for the 2018 campaign, are available for purchase at the Rumble Ponies Starting Gate Box Office, over the phone at (607) 722-FUNN or online at


Bulls Take Finals Opener
Mason Williams Posts Two Hits

Durham, N.C. – The SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) fell behind early and dropped Game 1 of the Governors’ Cup Finals to the host Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay Rays) on Tuesday night, 6-0. Three Durham hurlers combined to face just two over the minimum, twirling a three-hitter.

The RailRiders’ best scoring chances came at the game’s start with back-to-back game-opening hits from Mason Williams and Donovan Solano. Thereafter, Billy McKinney struck out swinging and Miguel Andujar bounced into an inning-ending double play.

In the home half of the first, four consecutive one-out singles, two on the infield, a Ronald Herrera (0-1) wild pitch, and a run-scoring groundout put Durham on top, 3-0. Patrick Leonard and Shane Peterson each registered an RBI in the frame. In the second, Justin Williams doubled Herrera’s first pitch of the inning into the left-field corner and later scored on a two-out base hit by Kean Wong for a 4-0 margin.

The RailRiders would place just two other men on base all night. Garrett Cooper reached via a two-out bruise in the second and Mason Williams registered an infield single in the sixth before he was caught stealing.

Durham tacked on two insurance scores with Mike McHenry’s two-out single in the sixth.

The win went to Bulls starter Ryan Yarbrough (1-0). He fired seven innings of three-hit ball, whiffing four. Mike Broadway and Jeff Ames each recorded a perfect inning thereafter.

The best-of-five Governors’ Cup Finals continue at Durham Bulls Athletic Park on Wednesday at 6:35 p.m. SWB’s Domingo German is slated to face fellow right-hander, Yonny Chirinos.

The RailRiders’ first home game of the finals will be on Thursday, Sept. 14 at 6:35 p.m. and playoff tickets are on sale now. For tickets or more information, please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit The RailRiders’ PNC Field will also host the Gildan Triple-A National Championship Game on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 7:07 p.m.

Tuesday marked the SWB franchise’s first shutout loss in postseason play since Sept. 10, 2010 when the Columbus Clippers (Cleveland Indians) blanked the then-SWB Yankees, 1-0. That loss came in Game 3 of the first-round set. The Clippers would claim Game 4 the next day, 11-5, and went on to take the Governors’ Cup. Columbus beat Durham in that year’s finals in four games, outscoring the Bulls, 38-9, including a 13-2 clincher in Game 4.

Durham pitching retired the last 10 in a row to end the game.

The RailRiders went 0-for-2 with men in scoring position, both in the first inning. Durham finished 4-for-15 with men in prime real estate.

Mason Williams went 2-for-4 and Donovan Solano finished 1-for-4. The rest of the lineup went 0-for-20.

The Durham pitching staff did not issue a walk on Tuesday night.

Domingo German started a team shutout win at Durham in the final regular-season meeting between the teams on Aug. 20. He struck out nine over seven scoreless innings of four-hit ball that Sunday afternoon in Moosic.

The Bulls co-led the IL in shutout wins on the regular season with Pawtucket. Each team recorded 18 blankings.

G1 Tue. Sept. 12 at Durham – DUR 6, SWB 0
G2 Wed. Sept. 13 at Durham 6:35 p.m.
G3 Thu. Sept. 14 vs. Durham 6:35p         
*G4 Fri. Sept. 15 vs. Durham 6:35p         
*G5 Sat. Sept. 16 vs. Durham 4:05p       
*-If Necessary

NCG Tue. Sept. 19 7:07p (IL Champion vs. PCL Champion)

Tuesday, September 12, 2017


PBA’s 60th Anniversary Celebration to Include 60 Most Memorable Moments
Great victories, historic disappointments, classic achievements to be featured during 2018 season

CHICAGO (Sept. 12, 2017) – The Professional Bowlers Association is making plans for a festive anniversary season in 2018, 60 years after a group of 33 of the most famous bowlers in a bygone era met with Akron, Ohio, lawyer Eddie Elias and agreed to support a new professional bowling organization.

As the PBA prepares to celebrate its 60th anniversary with a variety of special tributes, including a new Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic tournament, a 60th Anniversary celebration dinner, the highlight of the 2018 season will be the unveiling of the “60 Most Memorable Moments in PBA History” as a part of the PBA’s ESPN television schedule beginning on Feb. 4 and concluding on May 13, 2018.

In preparation for the anniversary season, a panel of PBA historians, veteran bowling writers and long-time PBA Tour competitors are reviewing a list of more than 100 of the PBA’s most memorable victories, defeats, triumphs and disappointments, record-setting achievements and headline news stories to come up with a list of the top 60 moments.

The list is formidable, including such moments as:
            ● The inaugural meeting when the PBA was born;
            ● PBA’s first national telecast;
            ● Don Johnson’s historic 299 in the Tournament of Champions…and Jack Biondolillo’s first nationally-televised 300 game;
            ● Mark Roth’s unmatched season when he won eight PBA Tour titles;
            ● Venezuela’s Amleto Monacelli becoming PBA’s first international hall of famer;
            ● Earl Anthony breaking the million-dollar barrier in career earnings;
            ● Walter Ray Williams Jr. breaking Earl Anthony’s career titles record;
            ● Kelly Kulick becoming the first-and-only woman to win a PBA Tour title;
            ● Pete Weber winning the U.S. Open for the fifth time…

How would you rank these and more than 100 additional moments over a span of 60 years? That’s the task many of our sport’s most experienced observers have been asked to answer, and fans will be invited to make their selections as well.

There will be a special line of PBA 60th Anniversary merchandise, video highlights of PBA’s most memorable moments shared on PBA’s YouTube channel as well as Xtra Frame. The PBA 60th Anniversary Dinner and hall of fame ceremonies will air live on Xtra Frame, and components of the historical moments will be built into Concrete Software’s PBA Challenge Mobile Game, and more. A special logo has been created to also commemorate the special year in PBA history.

Other special features of the 2018 celebration planning in cooperation with the Go Bowling! PBA Tour in 2018 will be announced later. Throughout the season, the 60th Anniversary celebration will be featured on the PBA Network’s comprehensive mass media and social media outlets as well as on PBA’s exclusive online video streaming service, Xtra Frame (visit for subscription information).

To enlist in all PBA Network outlets, visit and click on the PBA Network link for easy access to sign up for PBA’s exclusive email list, links to PBA’s Facebook page (Professional Bowlers Association), YouTube channel (PBABowling), Twitter feeds (@PBATOUR) and Instagram (@pbatour).