Wednesday, April 22, 2015

B-Mets Rally Past SeaWolves, 5-2
BINGHAMTON, NY – The Binghamton Mets rallied late, scoring four eighth inning runs en route to a 5-2 win over the Erie SeaWolves Tuesday night at NYSEG Stadium. Dustin Lawley tied the game with his second home run of the season before Gilbert Gomez put the B-Mets on top for good with a two-out RBI single to centerfield. The B-Mets scored all four runs in a single inning for the second straight game.
The first seven innings Tuesday were dominated by starting pitching, before Binghamton jumped on a tired Derek Hankins. Trailing 2-1 in the eighth, Lawley launched a home run well over the left field wall to tie the game at two. With two outs in the inning, Jairo Perez and Eudy Pina stroked back-to-back singles to set the stage for Gomez. After striking out in his first three at-bats, Gomez got the best of Hankins, singling in the winning run with a base hit to center. Jayce Boyd added insurance with a two RBI single to rightfield two batters later.
Matt Koch turned in his best outing of the young season, keeping the SeaWolves off the board until the sixth inning. With two outs, Harold Castro singled to right field and came around to score on a Josh Prince double to left one batter later.
Erie didn’t score again until the eighth inning against reliever Paul Sewald. Wynton Bernard singled to right to start the inning. He then moved to second on a Sewald error, stole third base, and came around to score on a Castro sacrifice fly to left field.
Dario Alvarez recorded the first two outs of the ninth inning before giving way to Jon Velasquez with a runner on first. Velasquez needed just one pitch for the save, getting Jeff McVaney to line out to third base.
Josh Rodriguez homered to left field in the second to get the B-Mets on the board first. It was his second home run of the season, both coming at home.
Sewald (1-0) earned his first win of the year in relief. Hankins (1-2) took the loss, allowing five runs in 7.2 innings pitched. Koch surrenderd just one run and five hits in the start for Binghamton, earning a no-decision. He struck out six batters in seven innings pitched.
The B-Mets (8-5) close out their series with the Erie SeaWolves Wednesday night, with a 6:35 first pitch at NYSEG Stadium. Binghamton RHP Rainy Lara (2-0, 2.31) gets the ball against RHP Chad Green (0-1, 5.63). The Horizons Federal Credit Union Pregame Show can be heard starting at 6:20 PM on Newsradio 1290 WNBF and the Binghamton Mets channel on TuneIn.
POSTGAME NOTES: Jon Velasquez earned saves on back-to-back nights for the first time in his career…Velasquez also became the first B-Met to pitch in back-to-back games this season…Dustin Lawley was hitless in his previous 17 at-bats before singling and homering Tuesday. The home run tied the game in the eighth.



IRONPIGS WIN OVER RAILRIDERS

RailRiders Fall to IronPigs
Setback Snaps Four-Game Winning Streak

Moosic, Pa. – The Lehigh Valley IronPigs evened the “IronRail Series” on Tuesday night with a 6-1 victory over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) at PNC Field. The loss dropped the RailRiders to 6-7 overall and snapped their winning streak at four games. The IronPigs halted a five-game slide of their own and improved to 4-9.

Severino Gonzalez (1-1) weaved six innings for the IronPigs and used an up-tempo style to frustrate the RailRiders’ hitters. Gonzalez limited SWB to a run on six hits across six innings without a walk. He struck out three. Eric Wooten (0-2) suffered the loss after surrendering three runs on seven hits over five innings for the RailRiders.

The IronPigs initiated the scoring by plating two in the second inning. Maikel Franco and Russ Canzler collected consecutive hits to open the frame and Chris Nelson mashed a double to right-center that scored Franco. One out later, Rene Garcia brought in Canzler from third on a grounder to second for a 2-0 lead.

Lehigh Valley made it 3-0 in the third when Canzler doubled and scored on a hit by Chase d’Arnaud.

Rob Segedin led off the sixth inning with a triple to the left-center alley and scored on a groundout by Rob Refsnyder for the RailRiders’ only tally.

The IronPigs earned their fourth run in the seventh when Darin Mastroianni doubled and came home on a hit by Tyler Henson. Franco and Nelson provided the final tallies in the ninth for the 6-1 margin.

Slade Heathcott and Segedin finished the night with two hits apiece for SWB. Joel De La Cruz tossed three innings in relief, surrendering a run on three hits.

The RailRiders go for the series win against the IronPigs on Wednesday night at PNC Field. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. RHP Chase Whitley (1-0, 2.45) throws for SWB against Lehigh Valley’s LHP Adam Morgan (0-1, 5.00).

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SCROGGINS DEFEATS PARKER BOHN


Mike Scroggins Wins PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages
In PBA50 Tour Debut
Eight-time PBA Tour winner defeats Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III 255-246 in championship match

THE VILLAGES, Fla. – After a nearly year-long absence from top-level competition recovering from foot problems, eight-time PBA Tour winner Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, won the PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages presented by Radical Tuesday in his PBA50 Tour debut at Spanish Springs Lanes.

Scroggins, who qualified fifth for the finals, won three consecutive matches before battling fellow lefthander and tournament leader Parker Bohn III in a championship match that went down to the 10th frame.

Bohn, who dominated the tournament and was coming off a win in the season-opening Pasco County Florida Open last week, threw a strike on the first ball in the 10th frame and then a nine-count and spare forcing Scroggins to get the first two strikes in the 10th. Scroggins got the first two strikes and then a nine-count on the fill ball to beat Bohn 255-246.

“This is one of the best feelings I’ve had in bowling especially after what I’ve been through for the past year,” Scroggins said. “It made it extra special to beat the great bowlers that were in the finals which I felt very fortunate to do.

“I was having good success on the right lane so when Parker left that nine-count, I felt pretty confident I could get the job done,” Scroggins said of the final frame.  “I just told myself to relax and throw the kind of shots I’m capable of and I could win it.”

Scroggins suffers from the condition plantar fasciitis, a tendon and ligament disorder in both feet, which put him out of action for more than nine months.

It’s been a long road to recovery and it’s really something that won’t totally go away,” Scroggins said. “It’s something that comes with age and I’m going to continually have to manage it.”

As the fifth qualifier in the stepladder, Scroggins opened with a 231-205 win over PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia who was trying for his ninth PBA50 title at age 68. Scroggins then went on to beat two-time PBA50 Player of the Year and eight-time PBA50 Tour winner Ron Mohr 239-227 in the second match before beating Hall of Famer and four-time PBA50 Player of the Year Tom Baker 234-202 in the semifinal match.

The PBA50 Tour heads to Mooresville, N.C., for the third stop of the season when George Pappas Victory Lanes hosts the PBA50 Miller High Life Classic presented by Columbia 300 April 26-29.

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PBA50 UNITEDHEALTHCARE SUN BOWL IN THE VILLAGES PRESENTED BY RADICAL
Spanish Springs Lanes, The Villages, Fla., Tuesday
Final Standings
1, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, $7,500.
2, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., $4,000.
3, Tom Baker, King, N.C., $2,500.
4, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, $2,000.
5, Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., $1,850.

Stepladder Results
Match One – Scroggins def. Petraglia, 231-205.
Match Two – Scroggins def. Mohr, 239-227.
Semifinal Match – Scroggins def. Baker, 234-202.
Championship – Scroggins def. Bohn, 255-246.

Final Match Play Standings (after 32 games, including match play bonus pins, top five advance to stepladder finals):

1, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 9-7, 8,231.
2, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 9-7, 8,038.
3, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 9-7, 8,031.
4, ss-John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 9-7, 8,001.
5, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 8-8, 7,979.
6, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 9-7, 7,964, $1,700.
7, a-Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 10-6, 7,895, $1,550.
8, a-Darin Hays, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 10-6, 7,873, $1,500.
9, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 7-8-1, 7,783, $1,475.
10, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 10-6, 7,778, $1,450.
11, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, 11-5, 7,764, $1,425.
12, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 7-8-1, 7,676, $1,400.
13, Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 8-8, 7,633, $1,363.
13, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 8-8, 7,633, $1,363.
15, ss-Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 6-10, 7,536, $1,325.
16, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 5-10-1, 7,434, $1,300.

Other Cashers (after 24 games, including match play bonus pins): 17, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 5-3, 5,762, $1,200.
18, a-Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 4-4, 5,756, $1,190.
19, Peter Knopp, Germany, 4-4, 5,728, $1,180.
20, a-Craig Auerbach, Sunrise, Fla., 3-4-1, 5,716, $1,170.
21, a-John Dougherty, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., 4-4, 5,690, $1,160.
22, Warren Nelson, Middleburg, Fla., 5-3, 5,684, $1,150.
23, Joe Scarborough, Charlotte, N.C., 5-3, 5,681, $1,140.
24, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 4-4, 5,678, $1,130.
25, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 4-4, 5,672, $1,120.
26, ss-Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 2-6, 5,635, $1,110.
27, ss-Don Sylvia, Daytona Beach, Fla., 4-4, 5,621, $1,100.
28, James Lord, Fort Mill, S.C., 2-6, 5,583, $1,095.
29, Gary Morgan, Atlanta, 3-5, 5,565, $1,090.
30, ss-Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 2-6, 5,504, $1,085.
31, ss-Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla., 3-5, 5,497, $1,080.
32, ss-Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., 1-7, 5,486, $1,075.

300 Game(s): Stoney Baker, Johnny Petraglia, Amleto Monacelli, Gary Morgan.

a-denotes amateur
ss-denotes PBA60 player

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Monday, April 20, 2015

B-Mets Sneak Past SeaWolves, 4-3
BINGHAMTON, NY – The Binghamton Mets scored four runs on six straight hits in the fifth and stranded thirteen Erie SeaWolves en route to a 4-3 win on Monday night at NYSEG Stadium. Brandon Nimmo broke a tie game with a two-run single and the B-Mets pitching staff left seven Erie runners hanging from the fifth through the seventh, including six in scoring position.
Guido Knudson, making a spot start, pitched one batter in to the fifth inning. After allowing a lead-off double to Xorge Carrillo, he gave way to Slade Smith, who was welcomed by five consecutive hits, two of which were doubles, to plate the B-Mets lone runs of the night. The B-Mets got on the board with a Eudy Pina bloop single to right and added on when Jared King followed with a double down the right field line. Brandon Nimmo capped off the frame by stroking a two out single to center field to give the B-Mets their first lead of the night.
Binghamton’s pitching staff scaled a tightrope all night, stranding 13 SeaWolves on-base, and holding them to two hits in nine at-bats with runners in scoring position. Erie left a runner on in eight of nine innings, including multiple in four of the final five frames. The SeaWolves left the bases loaded in the seventh.
Erie got on the board with four consecutive one out hits off Seth Lugo in the fifth inning, but were kept from crossing home plate again until a ninth inning rally. Jon Velasquez was striving for a four out save when a Jeff McVaney sacrifice fly to right field cut the B-Mets lead in half. Leading by a run, Velasquez proceeded to strike out Austin Green to leave the go-ahead run on-base.
Lugo (1-0) earned his first win of the year, allowing two runs in 5.2 innings, while striking out seven. Smith (0-1) took the loss in relief, surrendering three runs and five hits in an inning pitched.
Binghamton is now 2-2 vs. Erie, with both wins coming in the series openers.
The B-Mets (7-5) continue their series with the Erie SeaWolves Tuesday night, with a 6:35 first pitch at NYSEG Stadium. Binghamton RHP Matt Koch (0-1, 7.71) gets the ball against RHP Derek Hankins (1-1, 1.64). The Horizons Federal Credit Union Pregame Show can be heard starting at 6:20 PM on Newsradio 1290 WNBF and the Binghamton Mets channel on TuneIn.
POSTGAME NOTES: Five different B-Mets registered multiple hits…The B-Mets are 4-1 in one run games…Jon Velasquez is 3-for-3 in save opportunities this season. He had one career save from 2011-2014


    

RAILRIDERS WIN IN 15


RailRiders Walk-Off IronPigs in 15 Innings
Nick Noonan Provides Decisive Hit

Moosic, Pa. – It took 15 innings on Monday night at PNC Field, but the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) edged their in-state rival, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, 4-3. Nick Noonan helped extend the RailRiders’ (6-6) winning streak to four. The IronPigs dropped their fifth straight.

The RailRiders’ bullpen shined in the winning effort, using five pitchers who combined for 9.2 scoreless innings. Danny Burawa (1-0) pitched a 1-2-3 top of the 15th for the victory. Adam Loewen (0-1) shouldered the loss after allowing the winning run across. Loewen surrendered two hits and walked five batters in 2.1 innings.

The IronPigs opened the scoring in the third inning against starter Jaron Long. Brian Bogusevic began with a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Cord Phelps moved Bogusevic to third with a single to right. Domonic Brown, on a rehab assignment for the Phillies, hit a sacrifice fly to right and scored Bogusevic for a 1-0 lead.

Kyle Roller launched the RailRiders in front in the last of the inning against Jason Berken. Ramon Flores worked a one-out walk and Roller demolished a two-out home run over the right field fence for a 2-1 lead.

SWB held serve until a two-run rally by the IronPigs in the sixth. Brown singled and moved to second on a hit by Russ Canzler. Jordan Danks earned a walk to load the bases before Diego Moreno relieved Long. The right-hander allowed a walk to Tommy Joseph, forcing home Brown. Chris McGuiness beat out a double play attempt to score Canzler for a 3-2 advantage.

The RailRiders knotted the score at three in the seventh. Jonathan Galvez singled and moved to second a sacrifice by Noonan. A wild pitch from reliever Phillippe Aumont allowed Galvez to third. After Slade Heathcott worked a walk, Flores allowed Galvez home on a ground out to short.

Both teams had chances to win over the next seven innings. The RailRiders stranded the winning run in scoring position five times during that stretch before breaking through in the 15th. The IronPigs got a lead-off single by Bogusevic in the top of the final frame. Phelps attemped a sacrifice bunt successfully, but Bogusevic was cut down by Rob Refsnyder trying an aggressive move to third base.

Ben Gamel and Austin Romine worked consecutive walks off Loewen to open the last of the 15th. As rain began to fall, Galvez moved the runners up with a sacrifice. Noonan followed with a slicing single to left that scored Gamel just as the skies opened up.

The RailRiders continue their home series against the IronPigs on Tuesday night at PNC Field. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. LHP Eric Wooten (0-1, 4.70) faces Ironpigs RHP Severino Gonzalez (0-1, 4.63). For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

JESTER GOES 7-FOR-8 IN TUES. DH

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  BINGHAMTON--Former Tri-Valley Central School 2013 MVP Rodney T. Jester lit up the collegiate scoreboard at Broome County Community College Tuesday by getting hits in seven out of eight at bats in a double header between TC3 and Broome.
  Playing in his second year of college ball for Tompkins-Cortland Community College (TC3) out of Dryden, NY, the former short-stop at Tri-Valley who now plays second base ripped three doubles while going 4-for-5 with four RBI's in the first game of a double header.
  Jester continued the hot hitting streak by going 3-for-3 and scoring two runs in the second game.
  TC3 won both games 15-5 and 10-5.
  Jester last week playing against Onondaga Community College at Onondaga went 2-for-3 with  a single and his first career home run deep over the left field fence that was the winning run for TC3 in their 4-3 win.
  The Neversink native has a number of Division III and Division II colleges interested in his college stats which include a .377 batting average, a .433 on base percentage and a .566 slugging average.



TC3's second baseman and Neversink native Rodney T. Jester throws out a Broome runner in Tuesday's game against Broome County Community College.

 

LADY BEARS LOSE TO TUXEDO 5-3


   GRAHAMSVILLE--An experienced Tuxedo Tornados girls varsity softball team who returned nine players from last years No. 2 sectional seed team displayed strong defense and good pitching from their ace pitcher Alison Toscano Wednesday edging the Tri-Valley Lady Bears 5-3 in nine innings.
  Tri-Valley under new head coach Claire Moore entered this game with only two days of outside practice and no games under their belt and Tuxedo took immediate advantage of this lack of outdoor practice and game experience.
  In the first inning Tuxedo scored  3 runs off a single by Madeline Doyle, an infield hit by Cierra Melone, Alison Toscano hit by a pitch, an overthrow error past Bears third baseman Danielle Shafarsky by catcher Mikayla Clearwater resulting in two runs, a walk to Amanda Agustino who stole second and third and on scored on a ground out by Tara O'Dell.
  Following scoreless innings by the Bears in the bottom of the first and by both teams in the second and third innings Tri-Valley broke into the scoring column in the bottom of the fourth punching across two runs on a walk to Kacie Allison, Morgan Shamo reached first on an error, another Tuxedo error put Allison on third and Shamro on second and Ashley Johnson singled them home.
  Tuxedo failed to score in the bottom of the fifth but Tri-Valley evened the score at 3-3 with one run in the top of the fifth when Brianna Terbush reached first on an error, Elizabeth Hannold was out on a bunt play pushing Terbush to second and Katie Jester grounded out to the third baseman pushing Terbush to third base. A sharp single to left field by Clearwater tied the game at 3-3.
  Scoreless innings pushed the game into the bottom of the ninth with Tuxedo scoring the two winning runs on an infield hit by Cierra Melone, a bunt out pushed Melone to second, Sarah Beattie blasted a double to left and scored on a single by Amanda Agostini for the 5-3 Tuxedo victory.
  Winning pitcher was Alison Toscano who pitched a five hitter. The loss went to Kacie Allison who gave up nine hits.
  Lady Bears coach Claire Moore in the post game interview said, "I'm extremely motivated by what I see and what I told the girls from here on out good things are going to get even better and things we have to work on we're going to do tomorrow in practice."
  Coach Moore said that with the lack of outside practice she was "happy with what I saw today."
  Tuxedo Coach Michelle Hines noted her team played with a lot of heart and determination," and she gave credit to Tri-Valley "for not giving up and that showed the good character they play with by not giving in."
  The win puts Tuxedo's record to 1-0 in league play and 2-0 overall. Tri-Valley is 0-1 in league play.
  Tri-Valley returns to league play this afternoon hosting  last year's Section IX Division V champion S.S. Seward.

PHOTOS FROM WEDNESDAY'S GAME

                                                          

  
Tri-Valley pitcher Kacie Allison in action Wednesday against Tuxedo.
                                    

                                                       

Tri-Valley catcher Mikayla Clearwater slams out a sharp single to left center during league play against Tuxedo Wednesday at Grahamsville.

                                             
 
                                                                                 


                                                                                      

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

BOWLING HIGHLIGHTS

                  
BRUNSWICK HELPING TO GROW THE SPORT

    If amateur and youth bowlers want to learn the correct way to bowl the Brunswick PBA "Mini Camp" program is a great opportunity.
  This instruction program rolled into Pat Tarsio Lanes in Newburgh April 2 along with professional and PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III and professionals Sean Rash, Jason Sterner, Ryan Ciminelli,  Tom Smallwood and Brunswick's PBA Tour Representative and Product Specialist Chuck Gardner.
   Twenty-nine youth and adult league amateur bowlers signed up and paid the basic tuition fee of $225 or the ball upgrade package price of $350 where they received their choice of a Brunswick or DV8 bowling bowling ball.
  Sponsors of this "Mini Camp" was the Hudson Valley Bowling Supply Pro-Shop owned and managed by Karen and Steve Beam and Pete Garrison.
  The camp consisted of  a seven-hour program including lane play instruction, video instruction,  ball layout information, autographs and pictures with the pros and lunch.
  Basics introduced by Parker Bohn III prior to on lane instructions included the importance of before bowling exercise of the wrist and arms, squatting, bending and touching your toes or your knees and leaning against the ball return for stretching out your legs and body.
  Additionally bowlers learned how to establish a solid foundation at the foul line, the push away and being on the right step for final delivery.
  Brunswick Rep and Product Specialist Chuck Gardner, a former professional bowler, in an exclusive interview with us noted he has been a tour rep since 2002 as that was his last year on tour as a bowler as a result of nine knee surgeries.
  Chuck then joined Columbia Industries as a coach and worked with professionals Wes Malott, Chris Barnes and  Bill O'Neill.
  When Columbia was sold to Ebonite Gardner left and joined the Brunswick staff and has been with them for eight years.
  Chuck pointed out that the Brunswick "Mini Camp" program is the "brainchild of Parker Bohn III, Sean Rash and myself."
  "We put this together to bring to bowlers the awareness of just getting better because we believe the reason people quit bowling is because they don't improve and get better at this sport," Gardner said.
  Chuck pointed out that "if we can touch 600 to 800 people a year doing these camps and if we can make a difference touching that many people it's so worth it for us."
  The Brunswick ball rep acknowledged the fact that the bowling industry and league bowling had dropped dramatically and was going in a very bad direction the past several years "but it has now leveled out and in the past two years high performance ball sales are actually up so I think we have seen the worst and I feel bowling is on a tread to get better."
  Gardner strongly feels that "if more professional bowlers and people who make a difference in the industry would take a little initiative and start giving back a little bit and doing the right thing I really think we can turn the whole sport around."
  "This is what we at Brunswick wants to do.....to give back," Chuck said.
  Stressing the fact that what he is doing is not easy, Chuck said he put in 140,000 miles last year flying and slept in a motel 265 nights. He acknowledged he is now 56 and intends to retire at the age of 60 to his home in Charlotte, NC.
  When asked where Brunswick stands in sales of equipment Gardner didn't hesitate in saying "we're second to Storm and they are doing a great job selling a lot of bowling balls as they are  on TV every week and have the biggest pro staff on tour but we are a little more grass roots oriented whereby we sponsor local tournaments,  sponsor leagues and we do these camps so it's just a different way of approaching it."
  PHOTOS OF THIS EVENT ARE SEEN AT THE END OF THIS COLUMN.

Ed's Outlook

  What a great time we had spending several hours with the Brunswick "Mini Camp" staff at Newburgh last week.
  The opportunity we use to have of bowling, chatting or socializing with the PBA professionals at the many tour stops in Latham, Cheektowaga and Long Island in New York and in Norwich, Conn. and at the Carolier Lanes in New Jersey are now just fond memories as the only pro tour stop now in the Northeast is USBC Open at Carolier Lanes and that takes place on alternating years.
  We've been friends of Parker and Leslie Bohn for a number of years now and my wife Shirley was the recipient of a nice hug and kiss from Parker at Newburgh last week. The Bohn family are down to earth nice people and Shirley and I and grandson Rodney remember well spending time with them in their travel home parked in back of the Thruway Lanes in  Cheektowaga.
  We miss those days of being able to get close to the bowlers.....like the night we spent socializing with Norm Duke at Cheektowaga..... but according to the pros attending the Newburgh "Mini Camp" some changes might be coming down the pike as a result of the PBA League competition that took place in a small 12-lane bowling center in Portland, Maine.
  The atmosphere in Maine was unique, with fans cheering loudly and music blaring in the background throughout the competition and the pros loved the high level of enthusiasm.
  "Great and we want to do this more often," the pros last week told us. Parker Bohn III said, "it was electrifying to the max...we use to bowl in an arena in Erie, Pa. with 4,000 noisy fans but that was nothing compared to this,"Bohn said.
  The 12-lane Maine bowling center might signal a change in attitude by the Professional Bowlers Association with this center being converted into a two-lane arena for the PBA league team competition and the pros we talked with last week said they loved "the fun-loving crowd of bowling fans who cheered non-stop throughout the team matches."
  Wes Malott and his teammates also embraced the non-stop roar of the crowd, saying, "who wouldn't like it...it's a little different kind of atmosphere but we could get used to it."
  It would do the sport well to see some PBA events scheduled in small bowling centers...let's cross our fingers on this one.

Pittsburgh & LA  X
Win Team Events

  The HotelPlanner.com Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits and Wheaties L.A. X won semifinal matches in the PBA League Elias Cup playoffs seen on ESPN last Sunday afternoon and bowled at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine.
  With their victories they will join the Brooklyn Styles and the Silver Lake Atom Splitters in the semifinal round this Sunday at 2 p.m. on ESPN.
  Both of these best of two-game matches ended in 1-1 ties, forcing the one-ball roll-offs which were both decided by a single pin.
  Team bowlers on the Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits include Wes Malott, Dan MacLelland, Ryan Ciminelli, Walter Ray Williams and Bryon Smith.
  L.A. X bowlers include Jason Belmonte, Stuart Williams, Martin Larsen, Patrick Allen and Andres Gomez.

  Ed Townsend, a PR consultant to the sport of bowling, writes and compiles the information for this column. If you have league scores, tournament information, score a 300 game or 800 series or even score your age, call Ed at 845-439-8177, 845-866-0333, email at edwardctownsend@hotmail.com or fax at 845-205-4474. View this column at http://bght.blogspot.com  We are also on Facebook and Twitter.

Bowling Tip
By Mike Luongo

  Due to the length of our feature story and pictures Mike Luongo's bowling tip was held over for next week's column.

Local Scores
(compiled by Ed Townsend)

Beechwood Lanes

Monday Ladies

  Diane Staves 172, Diane Conroy 158, Barbara Cady 166, Nicole Herbert 150, Janet Bertholf 156, 215, 507, Trish Ellmauer 152.

Callicoon Kristal Lanes

Mon. Hortonville Ladies

  The Affordable Home Improvement team are the 2014-15 league champions. Team members include Heidi Schick, Dawn Roemer, Kim Doty and Mardette Wilcox.
  Individual league scores include Jane Benson 154, 194, Pat Peters 165, 179, Opal Hocker 166, Barbara Pingel 157, Judy Mohn 180, 163, Dawn Roemer 156, 162, Mardette Wilcox 201, 233, 566, Marty Bogdanowitz 156, Joann Bowers 156, 162, Kirsten Sherwood 159, 168, 172, Charlene Meola 163, 162, Sue Naughton 192, 172, 510, Kelly Gombita 165, 194, Lillian Zieres 188, 164, 176, 528, Debbie Loughrey 165, 169, 152.

Tues. Del. Valley Men's

  League champions for the 2014-15 league season is the Lawn Dr team consisting of Roy Holmquist, Chris Berner, Bob Cady, Dean Shattuck and Dave Graham.
  Individual league scores include Samii Markao 191, Bob Head 184, 183, Joey Gager 183, 214, Gregg Burton 213, 190, Erik Burton 212, Eric Kubenick 190, Mark Yewchuck 222, 184, Bruce Rutledge 201, Jonathan Heinle 186, 225, Gary Maas 196, Jamie Grier 181, Bill Meyer 184, 192, Chris Marston 186, 255, 210, 651, Kurt Buddenhagen 186, 180, Joe Meyer 189, 199, Troy Paruki 189, Mike Sorge 182, Eugene Fulton 185, Jim Kautz 194, 211, Chris Berner 244, 190, Bob Cady 187, 224, 220, 631, Dean Shattuck 223, 224, 224, 671, Ed Leroy 180, 210, Kris Rasmussen 183, 213, Kory Keesler 192, 206, Cima Bue 194, 233, Wally Warren 191, 200, Albert Tyles 200, 212, Jackie Brockner 196.

 Kiamesha Lanes

 Monday Men's

  Rob Sez 226, 254, 658, Matt Fallon 639, Kyle Mathews 235, 243, 672, Eddie Lake 246, 225, 664, Rick Lake 258, 642, Jaryl Scott 232, 632, Vinny Collura 235, 257, 709, Donny Durland 252, 699, John Fischer 247, 227, 687, Jon Wilhelm 247, 225, 682, Tim Minton 226, 235, 672, Lloyd Bridges 249, 256, 268, 773, George Baggatta 634, Kenny Atkins 227, 263, 704, Michael Amore 601, John Hoffmann 259, 235, 709, John Lopez 233, 230, 642, Shane Conner 280, 702, Mike Weiner 235, 612, Jason Jones Sr. 227, Pedro Agapito III a 259, 267, 268, 794, Kevin Stackhouse 246, 634, Walt Edwards 235, 225, 666, Michael Scuderi 624, Michael Travis 249, 264, 700, Vincent DeGraw 236, 226, 644, Jim Piontek 256, 656, Gary North 651, Charlie Tuttle 236, 238, 643, Keith Smith 243, 659, Larry Berens 234, 633, Francisco Martinez 238, 603, Jody  Farquhar 233, Al Caycho 236, 606.

Tues. Mixed Firefighters

  Trasey Barres 221, 204, 207, 632, Mary Lee Williams 181, 182, 185, 548, Wendy Swan 180, 192, 534, Karen Martin 193, 182, 531, Carena Collura 516, Joan Lake 180, 183, 502, Heather Dobell 185, Regina Minena 203, John Hoffmann 279, 268, 245, 792, Jaryl Scott 235, 279, 227, 741, Laresko Niifa 256, 246, 670, Russ Keesler 234, 669, Pedro Agapito III a 240, 226, 651, George Baggatta 632, Edward Walsh 242, 614, George Kelley 606, Frank Amore 605.

 Thursday Ladies

  Joan Lake 191, 200, Liz Stubits 180, 190, Sherry Larid 190, 202, Lisa Cartwright 193, 182, Lynn Winters 189, Connie Beach 193, Maureen Hopper 248, Karen Martin 206, Valerie Fersch 204, Barbara Merton 194, Liz Burgio 184, Trasey Barres 201, 195, Debbie Polin 224, 213, 184, 621, Audrey Woolard 181, Cindy Short 195, T. Tuttle 182, Cara Nicholson 204, 183, Monica Lane 204.

 
PHOTOS TAKEN AT THE BRUNSWICK "MINI CAMP" AT PAT TARSIO LANES IN NEWBURGH APRIL 2.
 
                                                    

 
Professional PBA tour players and Hudson Valley Bowling Supply Pro  Shop Staff owners taking part in the April 2 Brunswick "Mini Camp" program at Pat Tarsio Lanes included, from the left, PBA player Sean Rash, Pro-Shop owner Karen Beam.  Pro-Shop owner Pete Garrison, PBA player Jason Sterner, PBA player Ryan Ciminelli, PBA Tour Rep and former professional bowler Chuck Gardner, Pro-Shop owner Steve Beam, PBA player Tom Smallwood, PBA player and Hall of Fame member Parker Bohn III and Pro-Shop staff member Steve Marsh.

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PBA Professional and Hall of Fame member Parker Bohn III along with Brunswick PBA Tour Rep Chuck Gardner shows bowlers  some of the exercise methods that should be performed before starting to bowl.
                                          
                                                        


Brunswick PBA Tour Rep and Product Specialist Chuck Gardner examines a bowling ball for ball layout information. 
                 
                                                      
                                                             
                                                             
  
                                      
                                                                                   
                                                               
                     
                                                                           

                                 
                                                                             


                                                                                 


                                                                             


                                                                                  


                                                                                     


                                                                            


                                                                                     

                                                                               

Saturday, April 4, 2015

BOWLING HIGHLIGHTS


Durland Flirts With 900 Series
                                                                


  Twenty-six year-old Wurtsboro bowler Donald Durland has been flirting this past year with scoring three 300 games in a row for a 900 series....... the ultimate dream of every kegler who steps out on the lanes. 
  Donald is considered by many bowling experts as one of the premier men bowlers in the Tri-State area and last summer while bowling at Pat Tarsio Lanes in Newburgh he scored his highest 800 plus series with games of 270, 299, 280 for a 849.
  On the night of March 23 in the Monday Men's league at Kiamesha Lanes what better way to start thinking about a 900 series than to blast the maples for a 300 in the first game.
  Settling into the second game with three strikes in a row a perfect pocket hit results in a 7-10 split in the fourth frame as Donald then strikes out for a 266.
  The third game was also looking good for Durland as he posted seven strikes in a row before getting hit with a stone seven pin in the eighth. (A stone 7 pin hit is a solid in the pocket strike ball that does not carry the 7 pin).
  Durland struck out from the eighth frame on for a 279 and a 845 series, missing that perfect 900 series by 55 pins.
  The 845 was bowled on lanes 13 & 14 using a Storm Crossover bowling ball.
  He presently carries a 233 average in the Monday Men's league.  
  Donald bowls Monday night with team mates Jaryl Scott, Paul Durland and Vinnie Collura.
  Durland's excellent performance on the lanes is presently resulting in a 242 in  the Kiamesha Lanes  Wednesday Men's league and a 227 average as a sub Tuesday in a Kingston league.
  Donald opened the 300 bowling club this season at Kiamesha Lanes by recording the first perfect game on the Monday Men's first league night for the 2013-14 season.
  He recorded his first-ever 300 game during the 2005-06 season as a youth bowler in the Saturday Morning Youth leagues at Kiamesha Lanes.
  His steady growth over the past several years has given him interest in competing in Professional Bowling Association regional tournaments and he did this year bowl in one Major PBA event..
  Donald is part of the famed Durland bowling family as his mother Debbie is one of the premier women bowlers in the Tri-County area and his father Paul and younger brother James maintain the high Durland family bowling standards.
  Bowling since the age of five, Donald has been bowling for 23 years. He is single and is employed by the Post Office department as a city carrier assistant.

Brooklyn Styles &
Silver Lake Advance

  The state of Maine hosted for the first time in  Professional Bowlers Association history a tour stop in their state when the  PBA League competition aired last Sunday on ESPN.
  With a sold-out crowd cheering loudly (except when Pete Weber bowled), the Concrete Software Brooklyn Styles and Bass Pro Shops Silver Lake Splitters each won a one-ball sudden-death roll off to advance to the semifinal round of the PBA League Elias Cup playoffs.
  The atmosphere in Maine was unique for professional bowling, with fans cheering loudly and music blaring in the background throughout the competition....the bowlers seemed to love the high level of enthusiasm.
  This PBA event took place in Bayside Bowl in Portland,Maine, a 12-lane bowling center converted into a two-lane arena for the PBA League competition.
  In the first match, the 2013 Elias Cup champion GEICO New York City WTT KingPins, anchorfed by PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber, struggled to a 182-171 victory over the Styles in a game marred by four missed single-pin spares.
  The Styles found the pocket in game two winning 247-148 and sent the match into sudden-death with Parker Bohn III rolling a strike to beat Weber's nine-count.
  The second match saw the Bass Pro Shops winning the first game 192-179, losing the second match 265-205 and in the sudden-death playoff  the Atom Splitters' anchor Rhino Page left the 4-7 on his first shot and Atom Splitters Dick Allen left only a 10 pin for the 9-8 win.
  The Brooklyn Styles team consists of Sean Rash, Tom Smallwood, Parker Bohn III, Jason Sterner and Osku Palermaa.
  Silver Lake team members include Chris Barnes, Mika Koivuniemi, Tom Daugherty, Dick Allen and Craig Nidiffer.
  The third and fourth quarterfinal matches will air Sunday on ESPN at 3:30 p.m.

Ed's Outlook

  While writing about Donald Durland and his attempts at scoring a 900 series it should be made known that scoring a 900 series does not always guarantee that it will be approved by the United States Bowling Congress (USBC).
  In reaching back into our memory banks we remember when Glenn Allison recorded a 900 series (3 three hundred games in a row during one three game match) and received national attention for rolling a perfect series at LaHabra Bowl in LaHabra, California on July 1, 1982.
  USBC's predecessor organization, the American Bowling Congress (ABC) after inspection of the lanes, did not approve the series because of non-complying lane conditions at that time.
  Allison's score would have been the first perfect series in history had it been approved.
  ABC's decision was litigated before the United State District Court, Central District of California, which upheld the ABC's determination in all respects.
  But being that the bowling community is very passionate about this issue it persuaded the USBC to re-consider Allison's award.
  They reviewed the documents.....and guess what......the USBC determined that they can't turn back the  hands of time and change the rules that were set in 1982.
  ABC  rules for approving sanctioned award scores in 1982 were significantly different than current USBC rules so we don't understand why the USBC even considered hearing the issue again.....a true waist of everyone's time and effort.

  Ed Townsend, a PR consultant to the sport of bowling, writes and compiles the information for this column. If you have league scores, tournament information, bowl a 300 game of 800 series, or even bowl your age, call Ed at 845-439-8177 or 845-866-0333, email at edwardctownsend@hotmail.com or fax at 845-205-4474. View this column and all of Ed's photos at http://bght.blogspot.com  We are also on Facebook and Twitter.

Bowling Tip
By Mike Luongo

  Do you find yourself unable to finish your delivery in a strong balanced position?
  We offer this week's tip for any bowler who ends up out of balance  at the foul line while delivering your bowling ball.
  Out of balance may be a result of your follow through.
  It is very important that when you follow through on your delivery you do not reach out with your arm but reach up with your follow through.
  Bowlers who reach out find that the weight of the ball will pull their upper body forward and may cause them to lose their balance.
  If you reach up you stay planted in a strong solid position and are able to deliver your bowling ball with accuracy and leverage.
  Mike Luongo is a certified IBPSIA Pro Shop Operator, Master Instructor, USBC Silver Level Coach and an Advisor-Special Events assistant with the Storm and Roto Grip Bowling Ball Company. Have a question, call him at 435-720-7939 or email at mikel@stormbowling.com

Local Scores
(compiled by Ed Townsend)

Kiamesha Lanes

Tues. Mixed Firefighters

  Trasey Barres 212, 203, 584, Cara Nicholson 181, 197, 547, Mary Lee Williams 213, 541, Linda Schaefer 180, 181, 530, Andrea Grossman 180, 202, 528, Christie Graham 186, 198, 526, Kat Cronk 202, 521, Joan Lake 514, Charlie Tuttle 258, 227, 235, 720, Jaryl Scott 262, 235, 706, John Hoffmann 248, 248, 703, Kevin Stackhouse 246, 235, 678, Pedro Agapito III a 237m 234, 652, Shane Cunningham 276, 648, George Kelley 239, 636, Neil Bell Jr. 634, Russ Keesler 245, 623, Jason Jones Sr. 620, Laresko Niifa 236, Ed Guthrie 237, Eddie Walsh 226.

 Wednesday Men's

  Frank DiCostanzo 227, Paul Durland 245, 620, Donald Durland 236, 290, 225, 751, James Walsh 624, Larry Hicks 225, 621, Tom Belgiovene 243, 678, John Fischer 245, 235, 684, Jon Wilhelm 263, 279, 744, Vinnie Collura 248, 247, 711, Chris Parken 605, Dennis Matthews 225, Charlie Tuttle 225, Kyle Matthews 649, George Baggatta 244, 634, Tim Minton 615, Jason Jones Jr. 236, 664, John Hoffmann 225, 637, Gene Smith 225, 643, Keith  Smith 231, 611, Josh Strang 629, Tom Palmer 249, 623, Pedro Agapito III a 234, 672, Dave Garlinghouse 244, 228, 652, Merrill Conner 225, 605, Russell Bivins 633, Steve Cottam 247, 631, Robert Feeney Sr. 257, 247, 708.

Thursday Ladies

  A real nice 645 series by Debbie Polin off single games 235, 187, 223,  Sherry Laird 181, Lynn Winters 210, Monica Lane 187, Dottie Collins 182, Sue Sakell 202, Trasey Barres 202, Rudy Hoke 182, Karen Gabriel 209, Valerie Fersch 180, 184, Ann Sawyer 186, Joan Lake 192, Connie McKenley 186, Vera Bernhardt 204, 186.

 Callicoon Kristal Bowl
 Mon. Hortonville Ladies

  Pat Peters 163, 155, 159, Deedee Schrader 162, Barbara Pingel 157, 155, Judy Mohn 165, Dawn Roemer 155, Kim Doty 151, 176, Mardette Wilcox 170, 189, 189, 548, Maureen Schlott 155, Joyce Brooks 169, 155, Darlene Mantzourate 158, 156, Joann Bowers 166, Charlene Meola 162, 179, 178, 519, Sue Naughton 151, 196, Linda Mills 150, Kelly Gombita 172, 165, 169, 506, Lillian Zieres 193, 164, 152, 509, Debbie Loughrey 153.

 Tues. Del. Valley Men's

  Samii Markao 215, Bob Head 181, Rick Weigelt 182, Bruce Rutledge 203, John Kline 187, Bob Fix Jr. 193, 193, 196, Mike Aumick 191, 244, Erik Burton 192, 233, Jonathan Heinle 188, Chris Marston 232, 194, Kurt Buddenhagen 191, 200, Joe Meyer 190, 216, Troy Paruki 180, Jim Kautz 214, 203, Dave Graham 265, 200, 627, Chris Berner 198, 223, 221, 642, Bob Cady 212, 210, 180, 602, Dean Shattuck 203, 215, 226, 644, Ed Leroy 181, 180, Mark Schriber 192, 191, Kory Keesler 193, 222, Albert Tyles 202, 189, Jackie Brockner 191.

 


    
B-Mets Cap Spring with Big Comeback in 6-6 Tie
PORT ST. LUCIE, FL – The Binghamton Mets scored five runs in the bottom of the ninth inning and closed their spring schedule with a 6-6 tie against the Springfield Cardinals on Wednesday afternoon at the Mets Spring Training complex.
Trailing 6-1, the B-Mets plated five runs in their final turn at bat, highlighted by a two-run triple by outfielder Gilbert Gomez. Maikis De La Cruz tied the game with a sacrifice fly before the Cardinals bullpen finally notched the last out of the game.
On the mound, Robert Gsellman allowed one run over six innings for the B-Mets. Selected by the Mets in the 13th round of the 2011 draft out of Westchester HS (CA), Gsellman went 10-6 with a 2.55 ERA over 20 starts with the Savannah Sand Gnats (Low-A) last year.
With their spring schedule complete, the B-Mets will play an intrasquad game on Thursday before logging one final workout on Friday.
The Binghamton Mets are set to open their 24th season on Thursday, April 9 in Akron against the RubberDucks. The B-Mets home opener on April 16, highlighted by a championship DVD giveaway, is just eight days away. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting BMETS.COM, going to the NYSEG Stadium box office or by calling 723-METS.






BINGHAMTON METS NEWS





B-Mets Media Day Set for Tuesday, April 7
BINGHAMTON, NY – Credentialed members of the local media are invited to NYSEG Stadium on Tuesday, April 7 at 1:00 PM for the Binghamton Mets 2015 Media Day. Fourth-year manager Pedro Lopez, along with his coaching staff and players will be available for this hour-long event.
The team will hold a workout open to the media on the field starting at 2:00 PM, weather permitting.
Members of the press attending the event can report to the NYSEG Stadium home clubhouse on the first-base concourse to pick up their media package. Further inquiries regarding Media Day should be directed to Tim Heiman, B-Mets Director of Broadcasting & Media Relations.

Media Day Schedule
1:00 PM: Distribution of media credentials, press materials
1:05 PM: Press conference with B-Mets manager Pedro Lopez
1:20 PM: Clubhouse open for individual player interviews
2:00 PM: B-Mets begin preseason workout (open to media)

All media members who have requested and been approved for season-long credentials through the Binghamton Mets can pick up their media passes at the event. In addition, the B-Mets media relations staff will distribute detailed biographies for all players and staff. A final team roster will be issued on Thursday, April 9 to coincide with Opening Day.
The Binghamton Mets open their 24th season on Thursday in Akron against the RubberDucks. The B-Mets home opener on Thursday, April 16, highlighted by a championship DVD giveaway, is just 13 days away. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting BMETS.COM, going to the NYSEG Stadium box office or by calling 723-METS.
Be sure to follow the B-Mets on their official website (www.bmets.com) or on Facebook, Twitter (@bmets) and SnapChat (binghamtonmets). Fans can also stay up to date with all the action on the field by visiting “B-Mets Buzz” at bmets.mlblogs.com or following Tim Heiman (@TimHeiman) on Twitter.