Friday, July 21, 2017

PONIES LOSE TO HARRISBURG, 6-4

Simms Sends Ponies to Defeat in Opener, 6-4
BINGHAMTON, NY – Harrisburg starter John Simms struck out eight to lead the Senators past the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, 6-4, on Thursday night at FNB Field. Binghamton slipped back into a tie with Reading for second place in the Eastern Division with their second straight loss.
The Senators cracked the scoreboard with two runs in the first before Mickey Jannis could settle in. Jose Marmolejos zipped an RBI double into the left-field alley before Dan Gamache bounced a run-scoring single into center.
Harrisburg stretched their lead on a two-out RBI triple from Zach Collier in the fourth and a pair of homers in the sixth. Corban Joseph deposited Jannis’ 0-2 pitch beyond the right-field wall for a two-run blast before Dan Gamache added a solo bomb.
The Ponies scratched out only two runs on four hits over Simms’ six innings. David Thompson supplied a sacrifice fly to put Binghamton on the board in the second. Kevin Kaczmarski launched a two-out RBI double to left in the sixth.
Binghamton cut the deficit in half with two runs in the seventh versus Jimmy Cordero, but failed to cross the plate in their final two turns at the plate. Andrew Robinson struck out two in a perfect eighth and Ryan Brinley earned his seventh save with a blank ninth.
Simms (5-6) earned his second win in as many starts and collected his first career victory against Binghamton. Jannis (6-5) allowed six runs on nine hits in six innings in the loss.
The Rumble Ponies (52-41) continue their four-game series in Harrisburg on Friday at 7:00 PM. RHP Corey Oswalt takes the mound against RHP Wirkin Extevez. The Horizons Federal Credit Union Pregame Show can be heard starting at 6:45 on NewsRadio 1290 AM WNBF and the Binghamton Rumble Ponies channel on TuneIn.
POSTGAME NOTES: Patrick Biondi snapped an 0-for-21 skid with a pinch-hit double in the ninth; it was Biondi’s first hit since June 26…Kevin Taylor reached base in the seventh on catcher’s interference, the first Binghamton hitter to reach in that way since LJ Mazzilli on August 31, 2016…Binghamton fell to 17-13 in series openers
Tickets for Binghamton’s entire home schedule can be purchased at the NYSEG Stadium box office, online on www.bingrp.com and over the phone at (607) 722-FUNN.

RAILRIDERS ROUT KNIGHTS

RailRiders Rout Knights
Tyler Wade Homers, Matches Career-High with Four RBIs


Moosic, Pa. – The SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/ New York Yankees) boomed three home runs and steamrolled the Charlotte Knights 13-2 on Thursday night at PNC Field. The RailRiders (62-35) have won 13-of-16 and are 7-1 since the All-Star break. The Knights (40-57) have lost five straight.

SWB batted around while scoring five runs in an inning twice. Tyler Wade highlighted a five-run second inning with a bases-loaded triple to right-center that gave the RailRiders a 4-1 lead. He scored on a single to center by Donovan Solano. Wade thundered his sixth homer of the year out to right in the fifth. His 4RBIs matched a career-high.

Dietrich Enns (1-1) fired seven strong innings for his first winning decision of 2017. The southpaw held the Knights to two runs, one earned, on six hits while striking out seven over seven frames. Lucas Giolito (3-9) was hit for five runs, all earned, on five hits in the loss. The right-hander was lifted after 1.2 innings. He walked three and fanned three.

Up 5-2, the RailRiders turned the game into a rout with their second five-spot in the fourth. The frame was highlighted by a three-run homer to left-center off the bat of Cito Culver. Culver’s ninth round-tripper of the season matched a career-best that was set in 2013.

Eddy Rodriguez polished the scoring by going opposite way to right for his sixth homer of the year. The two-run blast scored Mark Payton in the sixth inning. Payton finished 2-for-3 with two walks. Solano came home with three hits, including a double, and an RBI.

The 2016 Gildan Triple-A National Champion RailRiders continue their home series with the Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox) on Friday, July 21 at 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Chance Adams (6-3, 2.45) will face right-hander Reynaldo Lopez (6-5, 3.78). Every Friday home game is “Glow in the Park Night” at PNC Field. This Friday’s tilt with the Knights also features Princess and Pirates Night, presented by Viewmont Mall and a King’s College postgame fireworks show! For tickets or more information, please call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

PBA SPARE SHOTS....


PBA Spare Shots

MARSHALL KENT TAKES WORLD BOWLING TOUR MEN’S POINTS LEAD
Marshall Kent’s win in the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Oklahoma Open moved him into first place on the World Bowling Tour points list over England’s Dom Barrett. Sweden’s Martin Larsen retained third place on the list with stops in Malmo, Sweden; Bangkok, Thailand, and PBA World Championship in Reno remaining on the 2017 schedule leading into the three-man WBT Men’s Finals presented by PBA in November in Reno.

The top 10 on the 2017 points list are: Kent 273; Barrett 249; Martin Larsen 224; Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 210; EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 203; Stuart Williams, 174; Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 172; Jason Belmonte, Australia, 170; Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 165, and Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 162.

The current WBT Women’s Finals points leaders are Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 653; Liz Johnson, Deerfield, Ill., 521; Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 354; Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 319, and Cheri Tan, Singapore, 307.

The WBT Men’s and Women’s Finals presented by the PBA will be held on Sunday, Nov. 19, at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno for airing on ESPN on Sunday, Jan. 7, at 1 p.m. ET.

PBA50 RETURNS TO XTRA FRAME AS FINAL LEG OF 2017 SEASON BEGINS
The final leg of the 2017 PBA50 Tour highlights the July and early August Xtra Frame schedule. The final three PBA50 events, plus the PBA60 Dick Weber Championship presented by Hammer, will close out the PBA50 Tour’s regular season. The concluding events of 2017 begin with the South Shore Open presented by DV8 from Hammond, Ind., July 25-27, followed by the Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic presented by Roto Grip July 30-Aug. 1 and the DeHayes Insurance Group Championship presented by Pro Bowl West and Ebonite Aug. 6-8. The PBA60 Dick Weber Championship airs Aug. 10-12.

Also on tap is the Xtra Frame Storm Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles from Copperfield Bowl in Houston, Texas, July 28-30, which will award PBA and PWBA Tour titles, followed by the preliminary rounds of the U.S. Women’s Open from Plano Super Bowl in Plano, Texas, Aug. 1-5. The U.S. Women’s Open finals will air live on CBS Sports Network on Sunday, Aug. 6, at noon EDT.

The PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup will become August’s focal point when the final three events in the 2017 series are on the calendar: the Xtra Frame Chesapeake Open from AMF Western Branch in Chesapeake, Va., Aug. 12-13; the Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic from Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment in Middletown, Del., Aug. 19-20, and the series finale, the Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic from Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio, Aug. 26-27.

For live streaming time and other details, check under the “schedules” tab on pba.com. Xtra Frame subscription packages are available for three days, 30 days and a full year. To sign up, visit xtraframe.tv for details.

PBA fans also can follow real-time results for PBA50, PBA Xtra Frame Tour and all PBA Regional events by visiting the “live scoring” feature on pba.com or by downloading the new PBA app on Apple devices. PWBA live scoring is available on pwba.com.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: PUERTO RICO’S AZCONA WINS IN ALBANY, GEORGIA
Puerto Rico’s Cristian Azcona defeated Chris Arcaro of Carolina Beach, N.C., 199-196, 227-196, in the best-of-three-game championship match to win the inaugural PBA Albany Strikers South Open title at Albany Strikers Lanes in Albany, Ga., Sunday.

Azcona, a rookie currently living in Lake Wales, Fla., collected $2,300 for his second win following his victory in Myrtle Beach, S.C. in April. In the semifinal round, Arcaro eliminated Dwight Adams of Greensboro, N.C., 217-172, 202-172, while Azcona defeated Jeff Evans of Supply, N.C., 198-192, 207-198, in the other best-of-three bracket.

● AJ Johnson of Oswego, Ill., defeated PBA rookie Nick Kruml of Downers Grove, Ill., 219-181, to win the PBA St. Charles Lanes Midwest Region Open at St. Charles Lanes Sunday. Johnson collected his third regional title along with $2,300.

Johnson defeated Brad Miller of Kansas City, Mo., 247-203, in the semifinal game to advance to the championship match. Miller defeated Kyle Krol of Tinley Park, Ill., 234-197, in the first match.

● Over the upcoming weekend, PBA Regional calendar includes the PBA50 Parkway Lanes Open and the PWBA/PBA Parkway Lanes Open in Elmwood Park, N.J.; the Angola Central/Midwest Open at Angola Bowl in Angola, Ind.; the PBA50 Beverly Lanes Midwest/Central Open presented by Roto Grip in Arlington Heights, Ill.; the Spring Hill South Open at Spring Hill Lanes in Spring Hill, Fla.; the Fort Sill Southwest Open at Twins Oaks Bowling Center in Fort Sill, Okla., and the Secoma Lanes Northwest/West Open, PBA50 Northwest/West Open and PWBA/PBA Open, all presented by Storm, in Federal Way, Wash.

● Also in July are the PBA Japan Region’s first events of 2017, the PBA Chameleon Open on July 23 followed by the Women’s Chameleon Championship on July 30, both at Shinsayama Grand Bowl in Sayama.

● 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 new PBA app).

QUICK NOTES:
● If you’d like to know more about the visit to the Harry S. Truman Bowling Alley at the White House involving PBA stars EJ TackettSean Rash and Wes Malott, and organized by PBA memberChris Holmes, click here: http://www.wusa9.com/sports/local/country-s-top-bowlers-plat-at-the-white-house-/456485505.

● Several PBA members will be among the international players competing in the World Games at Sky Bowling in Wroclaw, Poland, Friday through Monday, in men’s and women’s singles and doubles. For results when the events are completed, click here: https://worldgames2017.sportresult.com/nh/en/-120/Comp/Info/EventSummary/BWM201000

● For the latest in new PBA products and designs, visit the PBA Store on pba.com: http://pba.firelakedesigns.com/

RAILRIDERS TO HOST CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

RailRiders Unveil Pieces to Championship Game Puzzle
Triple-A’s Main Event to Feature Pregame Fan Fest, Sky Divers, Zip Lines and More


Moosic, Pa. - The defending National Champion SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/ New York Yankees) are excited to announce many of the festivities planned for the 2017 Gildan Triple-A National Championship Game! The main event pits the champions of the International League against the winner of Pacific Coast League and will be held at PNC Field on September 19. PNC Field and the title contenders will take center stage for a national television audience on the NBC Sports Network.

“The SWB RailRiders are extremely excited to host the Gildan Triple-A National Championship Game and for our loyal fans to enjoy a night at PNC Field that they will truly remember,” RailRiders President/COO Josh Olerud said. “From the Fan Fest, live music, sky divers, in-stadium zip line and postgame fireworks, it is truly going to be an event that NEPA has never seen before!”

Gildan, maker of high quality active wear, underwear, and socks, has been the proud title sponsor of the Triple-A National Championship Game since 2012. The RailRiders are proud to have Mohegan Sun Pocono serve as the official headquarters and host hotel for the championship game hosting MiLB teams and executives from all across baseball. Novel T’s will serve as the official hospitality hosts for the Championship Game. The RailRiders are also excited to partner with the Wilkes-Barre-Scranton International Airport as the official airport and travel center of the MiLB teams and executives. WBS Airport will also present the Fastrax skydiving team that will be sure to awe fans with a performance prior to the game.

Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson and two-time National League All-Star Andy Ashby will be in the house as championship game ambassadors.

Fans will get a fantastic tailgate experience at the Dunkin’ Donuts Fan Fest. The pre-game event will be located in the parking lot and features a Dunkin’ mobile coffee lab and a street team with free samples of all your Dunkin’ favorites. The Fan Fest will include live music, food trucks and a kids’ zone and will run from 4 – 7 PM. 
The first 5,000 fans through the gates will be given a rally towel, presented by Pepsi, when they visit the Coordinated Health Plaza. The night will conclude with a championship celebration, trophy presentation and huge fireworks extravaganza, brought to you by FunWall.

The RailRiders will partner with Stand Up to Cancer for the event. SU2C is a groundbreaking initiative created to accelerate innovative cancer research that will get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now. More details will be announced at a later date.

The 2016 Gildan Triple-A National Champion RailRiders continue their home series with the Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox) on Friday, July 21 at 7:05 p.m. Right-handerChance Adams (6-3, 2.45) will face right-hander Reynaldo Lopez (6-5, 3.78). Every Friday home game is “Glow in the Park Night” at PNC Field. This Friday’s tilt with the Knights also features Princess and Pirates Night, presented by Viewmont Mall and a King’s College postgame fireworks show! For tickets or more information, please call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

PAJAK WINS FIRST PWBA TITLE


PAJAK WINS FIRST TITLE AT PWBA GREATER DETROIT OPEN
GREEN BAY, Wis. – When Daria Pajak considered leaving her home in Poland to pursue a college education and bowling career in the United States, she needed an extra push. Her father was the person to do it. 
Now, Pajak can call herself a Professional Women’s Bowling Association champion after defeating Verity Crawley, her friend and Webber International teammate, 224-203, to win the 2017 PWBA Greater Detroit Open.
After a spare in the first frame, Pajak rattled off three consecutive strikes before leaving a 3-4-6-7 split in the fifth. The 24-year-old right-hander converted the split and rode the momentum to her first career PWBA title.
It was a title that may never have happened had it not been for her father, and Pajak dedicated the victory to her dad. 
“My dad is a great man and has been my idol,” Pajak said. “He’s an athlete. He used to be a bodybuilder, and he has that athlete’s mind, where he knows what it takes to win. He’s always been pushing me outside of my comfort zone.
“Coming to the (United) States was something I always wanted, but if he didn’t push me here, I don’t think I would’ve ever made the decision. Father’s Day back home was a few days ago (the show was taped June 25), and he said the TV show was his present. He doesn’t need anything else.”
Pajak advanced to the title match by defeating 2012 United States Bowling Queens champion Diandra Asbaty of Chicago, 190-186. Asbaty was making her first televised appearance since winning the major title. 
The match was close throughout, with Asbaty needing a double in the final frame to advance, but she was unable to strike on her first attempt. 
“I was really proud of my spare game, which is my biggest enemy,” said Pajak, who was without an open frame during the final two games on television. “Going into the game with Diandra, I had lost my look, and I couldn’t carry, which shows on the shots where I left a washout and then went high. I was proud of myself and knew I could make all of the spares, so going into the championship game, my confidence was very high.”
In the opening match, Pajak rolled seven consecutive strikes after an early open to defeat Juliana Franco of Colombia, 233-194. Franco was making her second championship-round appearance of the season.
The win earned Pajak $10,000 and a spot in the season-ending Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship, a 16-player invitation-only event that will include the winners and top point-earners from the 2017 PWBA Tour season.
All qualifying and match-play rounds of the PWBA Greater Detroit Open were held at Super Bowl in Canton, Michigan, on June 16-17.
The stepladder was held June 25 at The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in conjunction with the live championship round of the 2017 Go Bowling PWBA Players Championship, the second major of the 2017 PWBA Tour season, and the finals of the PWBA Wichita Open and Pepsi PWBA Lincoln Open.
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)
2017 PWBA GREATER DETROIT OPEN
At The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley, Green Bay, Wis.
Final standings
1, Daria Pajak, Poland, 647 (three games), $10,000
2, Verity Crawley, England, 203 (one game), $5,000
3, Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, 186 (one games), $3,500
4, Juliana Franco, Colombia, 194 (one game), $3,000
Stepladder results
Match One – Pajak def. Franco, 233-194
Semifinal -  Pajak def. Asbaty, 190-186
Championship - Pajak def. Crawley, 224-203

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

HISTORIC GAME AT BINGHAMTON

Conlon & Offense Dazzle in Historic Game, 13-0
BINGHAMTON, NY – PJ Conlon fired his third shutout of the season and the Binghamton Rumbles Ponies backed him with 14 hits in a 13-0 seven-inning win over the Akron RubberDucks on Tuesday night at NYSEG Stadium. Conlon became the first Binghamton pitcher in 24 years to record a trio of shutouts in one season and Binghamton matched a franchise record for their largest shutout win in team history.
Binghamton’s offense erupted in the second inning against Nick Pasquale. Gustavo Nunez put the Rumble Ponies on the board by flipping an RBI double down the left-field line. Champ Stuart kept the rally alive by skipping a two-out, two-run single into left. After LJ Mazzilli provided an RBI single, the Rumble Ponies pushed their fifth run of the inning across when reliever DJ Brown uncorked a wild pitch.
Buoyed by a five-run lead, Conlon cruised from the third into the seventh. After surrendering a one-out single to Greg Allen, the southpaw retired 11 straight RubberDucks hitters. The stretch included three of Conlon’s eight strikeouts.
The Rumble Ponies salted the game away by scoring seven runs on four hits and four walks in the sixth inning. Tomas Nido deposited a two-run single into right before Nunez provided the exclamation point with a two-run triple to the right-field alley.
After a lengthy stay on the bench during Binghamton’s big sixth inning, Conlon returned for the seventh and allowed the first two men to reach. He battled back to notch three straight outs and earn his first win since May 24.
Conlon (6-7) scattered three hits over seven innings to snap an eight-game winless skid. Pasquale (3-8) allowed five runs on seven hits in 1-2/3 innings in the loss.
The Rumble Ponies (51-39) conclude their series against Akron with a double header on Wednesday afternoon starting at 12:05 PM. RHP Chris Flexen faces RHP Matt Esparza in the opener. The Horizons Federal Credit Union Pregame Show can be heard starting at 11:50 AM on CBS Sports Radio 1360 AM WYOS and the Binghamton Rumble Ponies channel on TuneIn.
POSTGAME NOTES: The victory was Binghamton’s third 13-0 win in franchise history; the Binghamton Mets beat the Norwich Navigators by that score on July 29, 1995 and beat the Harrisburg Senators by that final on June 16, 1995…it was Binghamton’s largest margin of victory since they defeated the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, 15-2, on April 21, 1993…Bobby J. Jones holds the franchise record for shutouts in a season with four in 1992…the Ponies and RubberDucks played seven innings after finishing a suspended game earlier in the day
Tickets for Binghamton’s entire home schedule can be purchased at the NYSEG Stadium box office, online on www.bingrp.com and over the phone at (607) 722-FUNN.

OFFICIAL PBA APP


PBA Introduces Official PBA App That Will Provide Immediate Access
to Live Scoring for PBA Events

CHICAGO (July 18, 2017) – The Professional Bowlers Association has introduced an official PBA app available through the Apple App Store which will provide fans with immediate access to live scoring for the PBA Tour, PBA50 Tour and all PBA Regional events.

The new PBA app will provide users with quick access to live scoring when any of the PBA events are underway, plus access to the latest PBA news, schedules, bowler profiles and more – all at no cost.

The app is a companion to the popular Xtra Frame app, which allows fans to watch live bowling from their mobile and tablet devices, as well as the PBA Bowling Challenge mobile game app which has 18 million users.   

The PBA app, which is currently only available through the Apple App Store, will be available in Google Play soon.

The newest product is one more addition to the PBA Network, which provides PBA fans around the world with access to PBA news and information through a comprehensive system of mass-media and social media outlets.

To download the apps use the links provided below:



PBA Bowling Challenge app – Apple App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pba-bowling-challenge/id657459418?mt=8  

About the PBA
The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is an organization of more than 3,000 of the best bowlers from 27 countries who compete in PBA Tour, PBA International Tour, PBA Regional Tour, PBA Women’s Regional and PBA50 Tour events. The PBA is in its 58th consecutive year of nationally-televised competition, reaching bowling fans around the world who follow PBA activities through the PBA Network which includes Xtra Frame, the PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel, ESPN and CBS Sports Network, and the PBA on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. PBA sponsors include Barbasol, Brunswick, Ebonite International, GEICO, GoBowling.com, Grand Casino Hotel and Resort, HotelPlanner.com, MOTIV, 900 Global, PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game, Storm Products and the United States Bowling Congress, among others. For more information, log on to www.pba.com.