Thursday, June 22, 2017


Tyler Austin Homers in Loss to Chiefs
RailRiders First Baseman Cranks Deep Fly in Second Straight Game

Moosic, Pa. – The SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/ New York Yankees) settled for a series split with the Syracuse Chiefs, falling 5-2 on Wednesday night at PNC Field. The RailRiders (43-28) have won six of their last eight. With the win, the Chiefs improved to 23-46.

Domingo Acevedo (1-1) shouldered his first loss with SWB after surrendering five runs on nine hits over 5.1 innings. The right-hander issued three walks and struck out four. Sean O’Sullivan (1-1) dealt a quality start by limiting the RailRiders to two runs and six hits across six frames. He walked two and struck out five. Wander Suero collected the final six outs for his third save.

Tyler Austin provided the RailRiders’ only runs in the sixth when he smashed a deep fly off the left-field foul pole. Dustin Fowler scored on the round-tripper, Austin’s second home run in as many days. Fowler finished with two hits. Miguel Andujar also tallied two hits and worked a walk.

The 2016 Gildan Triple-A National Champion RailRiders begin a weekend series with the Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox) on Thursday, June 22. First pitch at PNC Field is set for 7:05 p.m. The RailRiders will start right-hander Chance Adams (4-2, 2.43) against right-hander Kyle Kendrick (2-3, 5.93). It’s another “Thirsty Thursday” at PNC Field with $1 Bud Light and Pepsi products. For tickets or more information, please call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit

Tuesday, June 20, 2017


BATON ROUGE, La. – Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., captured her first Professional Women’s Bowling Association title since the relaunch of the PWBA Tour by winning the 2017 PWBA Fountain Valley Open.
Kulick, a six-time major champion and the event’s top seed, defeated rookie of the year candidate Verity Crawley of England, 224-218, in the title match. The stepladder finals aired nationally on CBS Sports Network on Tuesday.
The moment was almost more of the same for Kulick as she traded strings of strikes with Crawley late in the championship match, and had a chance to shut out Crawley in the final frame. But Kulick spared in the 10th, followed with a strike on the final offering, to leave Crawley with the opportunity to win her first career title. 
Needing a double in the 10th frame to secure a victory, Crawley left a 3-6-10 on the first shot to give Kulick her first title in 11 championship-round appearances of PWBA events since 2015.
Amidst personal and physical trials during the last two seasons, Kulick still was able to put herself in position for a title but had been unable to find the winner’s circle. She battled an ankle injury during the second half of last season, and endured the death of her mother, too. 
Words simply couldn’t describe the feeling for Kulick after climbing a mountain to what was such an elusive victory. 
“I’m speechless,” Kulick said. “Words can’t describe it because she (Crawley) had a chance to shut me out and I caught some really good breaks. It’s not a hump I got over, it was a mountain. I give myself credit for making so many shows and being one of the consistent players out here on tour. Everyone looks at wins, and even though I didn’t win, I still considered myself a winner because I know what it takes to win. 
“I grinded out today, didn’t make quality shots but I left makeable spares. It was a win for myself and it was a win for my family because of the emotional things we’ve been going through and having to deal with life itself. So, it was a win for the Kulick family today.”
Crawley, the No. 2 seed, advanced to the title match when she struck seven consecutive times en route to defeating No. 3 seed and reigning back-to-back PWBA Player of the Year Liz Johnson of Deerfield, Illinois, 241-211. Johnson was looking for consecutive titles after winning the PWBA Storm Sacramento Open last week.
Johnson opened the broadcast by defeating Singapore’s Cherie Tan, 275-258. The high-scoring affair featured a combined total of 19 strikes.
All qualifying and match-play rounds of the PWBA Fountain Valley Open were held at Fountain Bowl in Fountain Valley, California, on May 12-13.
The stepladder finals were held May 23 at the Raising Cane's River Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in conjunction with the USBC Queens and the finals of the QubicaAMF PWBA Sonoma County Open and PWBA Storm Sacramento Open.
For more information on the PWBA, visit
PWBA Fountain Valley Open
At Raising Cane’s River Center, Baton Rouge, La.
Final standings
1, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 224 (one game), $10,000
2, Verity Crawley, England, 459 (two games), $5,000
3, Liz Johnson, Deerfield, Ill., 486 (two games), $3,500
4, Cherie Tan, Singapore, 258 (one game), $3,000
Stepladder results
Match No. 1 - Johnson def. Tan, 275-258
Semifinal - Crawley def. Johnson, 241-211
Championship - Kulick def. Crawley, 224-218
About the PWBA
The Professional Women’s Bowling Association (PWBA) originally was formed in 1960. The PWBA Tour has events throughout the country, offering high-level competition and top prize money for women bowlers. The PWBA is supported by the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America (BPAA) and the United States Bowling Congress (USBC)


Jannis Knuckleball Baffles Baysox Bats, 7-2

BINGHAMTON, NY – Mickey Jannis tossed a Double-A career-best eight innings to help the Binghamton Rumble Ponies take the series opener, 7-2, from the Bowie Baysox at NYSEG Stadium Tuesday night. The righty faced one over the minimum after the fourth inning and struck out eight, matching a Double-A career high. Offensively the Rumble Ponies scored all seven runs with two outs and had five players compile multiple-hit games.

Trailing 2-0 after three innings, the Rumble Ponies scored their first of seven unanswered tallies in the fourth inning. With Kevin Taylor and Matt Oberste aboard, David Thompson singled into left field, plating Taylor. D.J. Stewart’s throw from left was off the mark and allowed Oberste to score before Thompson was gunned down at third.

Binghamton grabbed the lead in the fifth inning and never gave it back. Luis Guillorme’s bloop single into short centerfield scored Colton Plaia from third, earning the Ponies a 3-2 advantage.

The mid-game barrage continued with a three-run four-hit sixth inning. With Oberste on first and two outs, the Rumble Ponies rattled off three consecutive hits to start the merry-go-round. Thompson doubled, before Gustavo Nunez singled, forcing Baysox starter David Hess out of the game. Tim Berry was greeted with a Colton Plaia double, making it 6-2 Rumble Ponies.

Binghamton tacked on an insurance run in the seventh inning when Oberste singled in Guillorme, stretching the lead to 7-2.
Jannis (5-2) allowed a second-inning run when Adam Brett Walker singled in D.J. Stewart, putting Bowie on the board first. A throwing error from Plaia helped aid in the Baysox lone third-inning tally, which scored on Cedric Mullins single. Jannis didn’t issue a walk over his eight innings and allowed just two base runners after the third inning.

David Hess (6-5) lasted 5-2/3 innings and gave up six runs (five earned). He faced just one over the minimum after his first three innings, before allowing six to score over the next two-plus frames.

Luis Mateo sealed Binghamton’s win by tossing a scoreless ninth inning.
The Rumble Ponies (37-27) and Baysox return to action Wednesday evening at 6:35. LHP P.J. Conlon gets the ball for the Ponies against Bowie LHP Tanner Scott.  The Horizons Federal Credit Union Pregame Show can be heard starting at 6:20 PM on News Radio 1290 WNBF and the Binghamton Rumble Ponies channel on TuneIn.
POSTGAME NOTES: Five Rumble Ponies recorded multi-hit games (Guillorme, Oberste, Thompson, Plaia, and Biondi)…Binghamton pitching struck out 10 batters for the second straight game…the Ponies won back-to-back games for the first time since June 2 & 3
Tickets for Binghamton’s entire home schedule can be purchased at the NYSEG Stadium box office, online on and over the phone at (607) 722-FUNN.


RailRiders Split Twin Bill with Syracuse
SWB Mashes Four Homers

Moosic, Pa. – The SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/ New York Yankees) settled for a doubleheader split with the Syracuse Chiefs on Tuesday night at PNC Field. The RailRiders (43-27) won the nightcap 6-2, but saw the Chiefs (22-46) rally to win the front end 4-3.

A three-run homer by Tyler Austin in the first and a three-run triple by Ji-Man Choi in the fifth proved enough for the RailRiders in the final game of the evening. Matt Wotherspoon (1-0) earned after limiting the Chiefs to a run on three hits in three relief frames. He struck out one. The loss went to Taylor Hill (1-5) after the right-hander allowed six runs and eight hits across 4.2 innings.

Dustin FowlerJake Cave and Mark Payton each launched solo shots in the first game. For Fowler, it was 12th of the year, tying him with Clint Frazier for most on the team. It wasn’t enough, however, as the Chiefs rallied for two runs in the seventh.

Tyler Jones (5-2) uncorked two wild pitches and allowed two runs on two hits in the deciding frame. He tossed 1.1 innings with one walk and a strikeout. Austin Adams (3-1) grabbed the win in relief thanks to a scoreless inning and three strikeouts. Wander Suero notched his second save with a 1-2-3 seventh.

The 2016 Gildan Triple-A National Champion RailRiders earned the opportunity to clinch the series with a win on Wednesday, June 21, against the Syracuse Chiefs (Washington Nationals). First pitch at PNC Field is set for 7:05 p.m. The RailRiders will start right-hander Domingo Acevedo (1-0, 1.29) against right-hander Sean O’Sullivan (0-1, 3.38). Every Wednesday home game at PNC Field is “Wine and Dine Wednesday.” For tickets or more information, please call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit


PBA Tour Returns to Shawnee to Kick Off Second Half of 2017 Season
with Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Oklahoma Open
                                                                                   Tournament to feature representatives from 16 countries and two live ESPN telecasts

SHAWNEE, Okla. – The Professional Bowlers Association returns to Shawnee, Okla., to kick off the second half of its 2017 season with a field of stars representing 16 countries competing in the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Oklahoma Open.

The Oklahoma Open will culminate with a unique nine-player, two-day live ESPN stepladder finals airing on July 1 and 2 conducted on specially-built lanes in the Grand Event Center inside the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort.

After qualifying rounds that will be contested June 27-30 at nearby FireLake Bowling Center with players qualifying fifth through ninth will beginning the stepladder eliminations on Saturday, July 1 at noon CDT (1 p.m. EDT). The player who survives Saturday’s competition will advance to the five-player stepladder finals on Sunday, July 2 at noon CDT that will decide the championship.

Qualifying and match play rounds will be webcast live on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. For subscription and schedule information visit

A capacity field of 96 PBA Tour players is expected to compete in the inaugural tournament which marks the 13th stop of the 2017 PBA Tour season. The Tour made its first appearance of the season in Shawnee in February for the FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions which was won by reigning PBA Player of the Year EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind.

Countries represented, in addition to the U.S. are Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Denmark, Ecuador, England, Finland, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, South Africa, Sweden, Thailand and Venezuela.

The week will kick off on June 26 at 7 p.m. CDT (8 p.m. EDT) with the Xtra Frame PBA King of Bowling special Pay-Per-View event which will pit reigning “King” and 10-time PBA Tour winner Wes Malott against 18-time Tour winner Tommy Jones. Both players, who are former Players of the Year, will compete in a best-of-three match to decide who will continue on as “King” in the series.  Xtra Frame coverage will begin with a pre-game show at 6:40 p.m. CDT (7:40 p.m. EDT). As a special Pay-Per-View event, the King of Bowling is $2.99 (including for those who already have an Xtra Frame subscription) with all subscription money going to the prize fund of the event.

Oklahoma Open competition will include eight-game qualifying rounds June 27, 28 and 29 on the PBA’s Wolf, Bear and Badger lane conditioning patterns at the FireLake Bowling Center. The top 33 players based on 24-game pinfall totals will advance to another eight-game qualifying round on the Oklahoma Open lane condition June 30 which will determine nine players who will compete in the July 1 and 2 finals. The leading qualifier will have the right to select which of the four lane conditions will be used for the stepladder finals.

In addition to the live ESPN telecasts, the finals will be available to bowling fans on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app as they happen.

Daily passes for qualifying and match play rounds at the FireLake Bowling Center June 27-30 are $10. Daily passes for both days of stepladder finals at the Grand Casino Event Center are $20. VIP weekend passes are $35 and will allow admittance 30 minutes earlier than day pass holders for priority seating. Additional admission and ticket information is available by

FireLake Bowling Center/Grand Event Center, Shawnee, Okla. (all times are Central)

Monday, June 26
FireLake Bowling Center
2 p.m. – Practice session A
5 p.m. – Practice session B
7 p.m. – King of Bowling competition on Xtra Frame

Tuesday, June 27
FireLake Bowling Center
10 a.m. – A squad qualifying (8 games)
4 p.m. – B squad qualifying (8 games)

Wednesday, June 28
FireLake Bowling Center
10 a.m. – A squad qualifying (8 games)
4 p.m. – B squad qualifying (8 games)

Thursday, June 29
FireLake Bowling Center
10 a.m. – A squad qualifying (8 games)
4 p.m. – B squad qualifying (8 games)
Top 33 after 24 games advance to cashers round

Friday, June 30
FireLake Bowling Center
8:30 a.m. – Cashers qualifying round (8 games)
Top 9 players after 32 games advance to live ESPN stepladder finals

Saturday, July 1
Grand Event Center
Noon – Live ESPN stepladder finals (to determine places 6-9)

Sunday, July 2
Grand Event Center
Noon – Live ESPN stepladder finals (to determine places 1-5)


RailRiders Cruise to Fifth Straight Win
Dustin Fowler Launches 11th Home Run

Moosic, Pa. – The SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/ New York Yankees) rolled to their fifth straight by pulling away from the Syracuse Chiefs for a 6-1 victory on Monday night at PNC Field. The RailRiders (42-26) have won nine-of-11. The Chiefs (21-45) have lost three straight and seven-of-10.

After tossing 29 pitches in a scoreless first inning, Brady Lail (4-2) settled in to fire 6.2 frames. He held the Chiefs to a run on four hits while walking two and striking out three. Greg Ross (2-6) was hit for four runs on nine hits over his 6.1 innings.

Dustin Fowler got the scoring started in the bottom of the first by smacking a one-out double to right. He quickly stole third and raced home on a throwing error by catcher Jhonatan Solano. Fowler continued his big night by walloping his 11th homer of the year off the roof of the Budweiser RailHouse in the fifth. The two-run shot scored Tyler Wade for a 4-1 advantage.

Jake Cave capped the scoring by slamming a two-run shot over the left-field fence in the eighth. It was his first long ball of the year with SWB. Donovan Solano also tallied three hits and drove in a second-inning run.

Wade finished 0-for-2, snapping his 18-game hitting streak. He reached twice on walks and stole his Triple-A best 20th bag of the year in the fifth.

The 2016 Gildan Triple-A National Champion RailRiders continue their series against the Syracuse Chiefs (Washington Nationals) with a doubleheader on Tuesday, June 20. The front end of the twin bill is set for a 5:50 p.m. first pitch. The RailRiders will throw right-hander Bryan Mitchell (0-2, 5.09) and left-hander Joe Mantiply (3-3, 3.03) will follow in the second game. For tickets or more information, please call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit

Monday, June 19, 2017


Tuesday on CBS Sports Network: Indiana’s EJ Tackett Leads Group Two
Stepladder Field in Bid for Main Event PBA Tour Finals Championship Berth

ORLANDO, Fla.  – Reigning PBA Player of the Year EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., led the Group Two round-robin match play qualifiers in the inaugural Main Event PBA Tour Finals, and is a two-game match away from a berth in the championship match of the Professional Bowlers Association’s newest showcase event.

The four-player Group Two stepladder round will air Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. EDT on CBS Sports Network, with no. 3 qualifier Dom Barrett of England facing no. 4 Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., in the opening match. The Barrett-Jones winner will then meet no. 2 qualifier Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., in a one-game match for the right to bowl against Tackett in the two-game, total pinfall final match.

Tackett, one of five players in the PBA’s 58-year history to win both Rookie and Player of the Year awards, rolled through the round-robin match play portion of the PBA Tour Finals with a 3-1 record, rolling games of 237, 227, 299 and 231. Despite losing to Ciminelli’s 268 in the final match game, Tackett held onto the top qualifying position for the stepladder round by 33 pins.

The winner of the Group Two stepladder round will advance to the Main Event PBA Tour Finals championship match, a three-game, total pinfall contest against Australia’s Jason Belmonte who won the Group One stepladder round. The Group Two runner-up will bowl one game against Sweden’s Jesper Svensson to decide the third- and fourth-place finishers.

The championship round will air on CBS Sports Network on Tuesday, June 27, at 9:30 p.m. EDT. First prize in the new PBA Tour event is $30,000 plus a PBA Tour title.

Each of the CBS Sports Network telecasts will be re-broadcast. Check your local listings for times and dates.