Sunday, June 14, 2015


RailRiders Claim Sixth in a Row
SWB Celebrates Legendary Manager’s Hall of Fame Induction with Win
Moosic, PA – On a night when former Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons manager Marc Bombard was inducted into the International League Hall of Fame, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) defeated the Rochester Red Wings 5-1.
The RailRiders (37-27) earned their sixth straight victory and have won 11 of 12. The Red Wings (31-30) suffered their sixth straight loss and fell into a second place tie with Pawtucket, 4.5 games behind SWB in the IL North.
New York Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova (1-0) hurled an efficient 73 pitches over six innings in his rehab start for the RailRiders. Nova yielded a run on five hits, walking one and striking out three.  Jason Wheeler (1-5) pitched a complete game for the Red Wings. The southpaw surrendered five runs, four earned, on 11 hits with one walk and four strikeouts.
The two starters kept the game scoreless through three innings. Wheeler retired the first nine batters he faced. Reynaldo Rodriguez cracked the seal with a solo home run to left off Nova in the fourth. The shot gave the Red Wings a short-lived 1-0 lead.
Rob Refsnyder vaulted the RailRiders ahead to stay in the bottom of the inning. Following a single by Ben Gamel and a fly to right by Jose Pirela, Refsnyder crushed a two-run shot into the bullpen beyond left for a 2-1 lead. It was his second in as many days and fifth of the season.
Gregorio Petit opened the fifth with a single and moved to third on an errant pickoff throw by Wheeler. Ali Castillo followed with a chopper over third to score Petit for a 3-1cushion. Castillo later scored on a sacrifice fly to right by Gamel.
The RailRiders’ final tally came in the eighth when Ramon Flores singled and scored on a throwing error by second baseman James Beresford.
The RailRiders hope to finish the series with a sweep of the Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota Twins). The four-game finale is set for a 1:05 p.m. first pitch on Sunday afternoon at PNC Field. SWB will give out a mascot pillow case to the first 1,000 kids in attendance, presented by Petro/Iron Skillet.


B-Mets Sweep Saturday
BINGHAMTON, NY – The Binghamton Mets beat the New Britain Rock Cats, 7-2, in the resumption of Friday’s suspended game, before taking the second game, 2-1, Saturday at NYSEG Stadium. Josh Rodriguez drove in three runs in the first game, before Michael Conforto launched his second home run of the year in the second game. Robert Gsellman picked up his first career Double-A win in the 2-1 victory.
Game One- B-Mets 7, Rock Cats 2
After rain halted play in the middle of the fourth inning Friday night, the B-Mets opened the home half of the fourth inning with two runs Saturday. Binghamton would tack on five runs in the sixth, winning back-to-back games for the first time since May 22-23. Both Brock Peterson and Rodriguez had multiple RBI.
Jared King reached on a Trevor Story throwing error to begin the fourth inning. LJ Mazzilli then singled and the two runners moved into scoring position on a ground out. Brock Peterson got the B-Mets on the board by lining a two-run double to left. He has driven in 11 runs in seven games as a B-Met.
New Britain got on the board in the sixth inning against Matt Koch. The first two batters reached, one on a hit and one with a walk. After a forceout moved a runner to third base, Tom Murphy drove him in with an infield single to shortstop.
Binghamton would break the game open in the home half of the sixth inning against Ryan Arrowood. The first three B-Mets all reached base, two via base hits. With the bases full, Rodriguez drove in all three teammates with a double to left field. It was Rodriguez’s fourth consecutive game with multiple RBI.
Two batters later, Dustin Lawley would drive in Rodriguez with a double of his own to left field. Eudy Pina followed with a single to center to score Lawley and cap off the five run frame.
New Britain added a run in the ninth against Adam Kolarek, who walked the bases loaded. A Josh Rodriguez error allowed the run to come across. Kolarek then struck out Mike Tauchman for the final out.
Matt Koch (4-2) took the win in relief, allowing a run in three innings. Ryan Arrowood (0-1) took the loss in his Rock Cat debut, allowing seven runs in 2 1/3 innings.

Game Two- Binghamton 2, New Britain 1
Paul Sewald stranded the go-ahead run in scoring position in the final inning, closing the door in Robert Gsellman’s first career Double-A win in the second game.
Michael Conforto got the B-Mets on the board with a two-out home run in the bottom of the first inning. It was a liner to left-center, his second homer with the B-Mets this season.
Bryan Evans walked three B-Mets in the second inning, allowing the second run to score when he issued a free pass to his counterpart, Gsellman, with the bases loaded.
Gsellman stranded the bases loaded in the second inning, before allowing just one hit over his next three innings. New Britain got on the board in the sixth inning, when Story began the frame with a leadoff single. He was replaced by Pat Valaika on a forceout, who later moved to second on a wild pitch. With two outs, Juan Ciriaco singled to center field to get New Britain on the board. Ciriaco was then picked off of first base to end the threat.
Paul Sewald came on for the save in the seventh, allowing back-to-back one-out singles. A Tyler Massey ground out pushed both men into scoring position. With the go-ahead run at second, Sewald got Mike Tauchman to go down looking for the final out.
Gsellman (1-2) got the win, allowing one run in six innings. Evans (3-2) took the loss, allowing two runs and two hits over six frames. Sewald notched his 10th save.
The B-Mets (31-30) wrap up their series with New Britain Sunday afternoon at 1:05 PM. RHP Seth Lugo (2-3, 3.62) gets the start for Binghamton, against RHP Brett Marshall (0-1, 5.73). The Horizons Federal Credit Union Pregame Show can be heard starting at 12:50 PM on Newsradio 1290 WNBF and the Binghamton Mets channel on TuneIn.
POSTGAME NOTES: The B-Mets have won back-to-back series after going winless in their previous eight...A win on Sunday will give the B-Mets their first series sweep since April 27-29 in Portland…Binghamton has won three straight games for the first time since May 7-10.



 Golf Tournament Schedule

June 5---Jake Hulse Tourney, Swan Lake Golf Club, 8 a.m. start, Info Bob Menges 845-292-0438
June 6---Mike Schulte Memorial, Swan Lake Golf Club, 10 a.m. start, Info 845-482-3205
June 6---Tae Kwan Do, Lochmor Golf Course, Information call 845-434-2520
June 7---Jeffersonville Lions Club, Swan Lake Golf Club, 1 p.m. start, Info 845-482-5094
June 7---Friends & Advocates for Mental Health, Tarry Brae Golf Course. Information 845-434-2520
June 12--Otisville Correctional, Tarry Brae Golf Course, Information 845-434-2520
June 13--Curreri Tournament, Tannanah Lake GC, Information 607-498-5000
June 13--Jake Gunther Classic, Tarry Brae Golf Course, Information 845-434-2520
June 13-14--Grandparents-Seniors, Sullivan County Golf & CC, Tel. 845-292-9584
June 14--Shady Acres Tournament, Tennanah Lake GC, Information 607-498-5000
June 27--President Cup Begins, Sullivan County Golf & CC
July 11---Ramsey FD, Tarry Brae Golf Course, Information 845-434-2520
July 11---Republican Party Tournament, Tennanah Lake GC, Information 607-498-5000
July 12---Fremont Red Dogs Tourney, Tennanah Lake GC, Information 607-498-5000
July 15---CRMC Tournament, Villa Roma GC, Information 845-887-4880
July 17---Country Store Tourney, Tennanah Lake GC, Information 607-498-5000
July 18--Black Bear Tournament, Sullivan County Golf & CC, Tel. 845-292-9584
July 18--Friends Outing, Swan Lake Golf Club
July 18---Monticello FD, Lochmor Golf Course, Information 845-434-2520
July 18---Liberty Elks Tourney-Tennanah Lake GC, Information 607-498-5000
July 19---Sullivan ARC Catskill Cup, Villa Roma GC, Information 845-887-4880
July19---TVGC Memorial, Twin Village GC, Information 607-498-5557
July 25--Tursi Tournament, Sullivan County Golf & CC, Tel. 845-292-9584
July 25---Billy Moran Tourney-Tennanah Lake GC, Information 607-498-5000
July 26---Roscoe Kiwanis Tourney, Tennanah Lake GC, Information 607-498-5000
July 31-Aug.2--Sullivan County Democrat, Villa Roma GC, Information 845-887-4880
Aug. 7---Scotch Twosome Tourney, Twin Village GC, Information 607-498-5829
Aug. 8----Monticello PBA, Lochmor Golf Couse, Information 845-434-2520
Aug. 8---Cancer Society Tournament, Sullivan County Golf & CC, Tel. 845-292-9584
Aug. 9----St. George's Tourney, Swan Lake Golf Club, 1p.m. start. Info 845-482-5625
Aug. 15--Hortonville Tournament, Tennanah Lake GC, Information 607-498-5000
Aug. 15--Wanasink Lake Club, Tarry Brae Golf Course, Information 845-434-2520
Aug. 15--Sullivan County Golf & CC Club Championship
Aug. 21--Mahwah Elks, Tarry Brae Golf Course, Information 845-434-2520
Sept. 12-Simpson Tournament, Tennanah Lake GC, Information 607-498-5000
Sept. 12-Half Way To St. Paddy's Day, Sulllvan County Golf & CC, Tel. 845-292-9584
Sept. 19-Robert McNamara Memorial, Tarry Brae Golf Course, Information 845-434-2520
Sept. 19-Hammer Tournament-Sullivan County Golf & CC, Call Sue Hamlin 845-292-2420
Sept. 20-Rock Hill FD, Tarry Brae Golf Course, Information 845-434-2520
Sept. 26-Cathy McMichael Memorial, Tennanah Lake GC, Information 607-498-5000



  The One Iron Golf System

  In recent weeks we have talked about illegal drivers and clone golf clubs so this week we decided to step it up and talk about a company  which has the sole intent of producing a set of clubs designed to lower your score and actually make golf fun.
  David Lake, president of 1 Iron Golf, Inc. says that the simplicity of using just one swing, one ball position, and one set-up  at address for every shot "virtually eliminates miss-hits from your game."
  Dave points out that "just this fact alone will lower your average scoring by 5 to 10 strokes per round.
  This company's belief is that 1-iron golf clubs will help a golf increase his or her's distance and accuracy because as your single swing becomes more and more ingrained your confidence level and power soars.
  Lake's company philosophy says, "the end result is that you will find yourself playing golf at a level you never thought possible."
  Lake points out that he has been asked many times over the past 17 years how he came up with the concept of single-length golf clubs and he boldly states "the fact is that I did not come up with the concept at all since at one time it was the standard in the golf industry."
  He tells the story that he first became acquainted with the idea through an elderly gentelman whose father was in charge of MacGregor Golf Company's design team back in the 1920s and 1930s.
  This gentleman explained to Dave that all sets of golf clubs were custom built to the same club lengths (irons all the same length and fairway type woods all the same length) prior to the introduction of steel shafts (invented in 1910 and legalized in 1926.)
  Prior to that time hickory shafts were the norm and golf clubs were custom fitted/built to a single length within  a set based upon the static measurements of the individual golfer (wrist-to-floor measurement.)
  The production and tuning of hickory shafts as well as the rest of the club-making process was very time consuming and demanded the skills of highly experienced club makers.
  Obviously, this was an expensive process and could only be afforded by the wealthy which is why golf originally got the reputation as being a sport for the very rich and affluent members of society.
  The advent of the steel shaft changed al of this since sets of golf clubs could not be mass produced very cheaply in factories using unskilled workers.
  Dave points out that that "the only stumbling block was that golf club manufacturers could not mass produce sets while providing single-length custom fitting for each individual customer and the solution came when it was decided to abandon customer fitting entirely and instead incorporate a 1/2 inch incremental club length and lie angle progression between successive irons and woods."
  In 1998 David Lake published the results of of tests he had made in his book "One Iron Golf....the common sense approach to better golf", which sparked interest in the concept of single-length golf equipment throughout the golf industry. His 1 Iron line of golf clubs continues to be the largest selling single-length set of clubs in the world.
  The One Iron Golf System  is indeed  very interesting as golfers are always seeking information on how to improve their game.

Ed's Outlook

  We talked a week ago about golf courses promoting special events to bring golfers back to the game and in a conversation with Twin Village Golf Club treasurer Chuck Husson he noted that the Roscoe based course has special green fees and cart fees and their big weekday golf special (Monday-Thursday) is 18 holes of golf for two with a cart for $35. If golfers want to walk they can play for $10 on weekdays and $12 on  weekend.  The phone number at the Twin Village is 607-498-5829.
  The popular four-person best ball Twin Village Golf Club Memorial Tournament sponsoring scholarships will be held July 19. There are morning and afternoon tee times and information is available by calling Husson at 607-498-5557.
  A redesigned golf course will force the closing of the Monster Golf Course at the former Concord resort for the 2016 golf season.
  Golf Professional Mike Stoltz noted this week that possibly by this fall only nine holes will be available but that definitely the whole course will be closed in 2016.
  Golf Course architect Rees Jones is redesigning the Monster course and the new facility should be available with the opening of the new casino in 2017.
  Mike Stolz is available at 845-794-9700.
  The Country Club at Woodloch Springs is holding their 7th annual Pinstripes Classic on Monday June 15. This event features the diamond meeting the "back nine" and its an opportunity to golf with the coaching staff and future big-leaguers of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders organization (triple A team of the NY Yankees). It's a day filled with stories, delicious ballpark snacks, beer tasting, dinner, prizes and more. For information call 570-685-8102.

  Golf Tip
  By Robert Menges

  In the ever-changing golf game, most players are under the influence that if they hit the ball longer they will play better.
  Even though technology has increased how far the ball will travel, the scores are about the same. There is no doubt that if you hit the ball longer you should have less club to the green and be able to get the ball closer to the hole and make more putts.
  I believe this to be true, but you better be able to hit the shots on the green close to the pin.
  To do this it's important to carry three wedges in your golf bag. Most golfers have a pitching wedge with 47-49 degrees of loft.
  You have a choice to make for the other two wedges. A gap wedge comes with about 50-53 degrees of loft and a lob wedge is about 60-64 degrees of loft. I would choose between these two clubs depending on how far you hit the ball.
  A lob wedge will save you shots around the green and a gap wedge will help with the in between yardages in the fairway.
  You should always carry a sand wedge that has 54-57 degrees of loft.
  The next time you play a round of golf, count how many shots you take from 100 yards to the hole. I think you will find that this will total 60 percent of your score.
  When you are trying to improve your score, it is important to lower the number of shots you take close to the green. I think having three wedges in your bag will help you accomplish a lower score.
  Robert Menges is the golf professional at the Swan Lake Golf & Country Club, Mt. Hope Road, Swan Lake. He is available for private lessons and if you have a question or subject you would like covered, Ed can be reached at 845-292-0323 or by email at

Putting Tip
By Joe Bermel Jr.

  Confidence in your putting ability is a huge key.
  Here is a good four-step process.
  1. Motivation to improve.
  2. Practicing the correct elements of putting including 4 putting drills.
  3. Quality, diligent practice putting sessions will bring good results.
  4. Good results will give the golfer the confidence to continue the practice and building of putting skills over time.
  Joe Bermel Jr. is available for private lessons, group, corporate, organization and golf shows/tournaments. His special edition DVD  'How To Putt Well" and his Putting Tip Of the Month Calendar are available by calling 631-589-1384, at his web site or by email at



Friday, June 5, 2015


  How Far And What Club?

  Playing league or recreational  golf give players the opportunity to see what other golfers use when it comes to determining golf club distances.
  Knowing how far you are supposed to hit each  golf club is not a simple question  and it depends on a lot of factors. 
  As golfers age this factor becomes more important because with age a lot of golfers realize they can 't hit that seven iron as far as they use to and so they go down to a six or sometimes a five iron.
  Another good guide to help is knowing the golf club distance  for each club in your bag.
  Golf club distance depends on a lot of factors...the clubs you are using, the balls your are using, the conditions under which you play (hard or soft fairway), wind or calm and humid or dry.
  As I noted above age is also a factor as is gender, ones physical fitness, coordination and athleticism and how solidly you are connecting with the ball.
  There is a wide variation in golfers' distances and it varies from golfer to golfer.
  One person's five iron distance is another person's three iron distance.
  There is no wrong club distance and the  major difference is your distance.
  Having caddied at a young age and learning distances has been a big factor in my club selection but my club selection has changed as my age changed.
  Knowing your distances (yardages) is much more important than knowing how far each club is supposed to go.
  We all watch professional golfers and how far they drive the ball but recreational golfers should not even attempt to compare themselves with the world's best players.
  Golf club distance charts are interesting to look at but golf teaching professionals will tell you that golf club distance depends more on the player than on the clubs.

  Ed's Outlook

  Just got a telephone call from one of my golf buddies asking me to play in a scramble golf tournament next weekend.
  Now I have played in hundreds of scramble golf tournaments but I began thinking that some golfers are not familiar with the terminology "scramble."
  The definition for this type of tournament is that "scramble" is one of the primary forms of tournament play for golf associations, charity events and the like.
  A "scramble" is played with 4-person teams, but  2-person  scrambles are popular too. At a 2-person scramble, handicaps are usually applied. Handicaps are usually not applied at a 4-person scramble.
  In a scramble each player tees off on each hole and the best of the drives is selected and all players play their second shots from that spot.
  The best of the second shots is determined, then all play their third shots from that spot and so on until the ball is holed.
  In some scramble tournaments the foursome are constructed with an A. B. C and D player with these players designated based on handicaps.
  Some scrambles might require the A and B players to tee off from the back tees and the C and D players from the middle tees.
  There are many variations on the basic scramble golf tournament but they are basically designed to to help all participants enjoy the game and obtain the lowest score they can.

  Ed Townsend is a PR Consultant to the sport of golf. Ed writes and compiles the information for this column. If you have league or tournament information, shoot a hole-in-one or even shoot your age, let Ed know at 845-439-8177, 845-866-0333, email at or fax at 845-205-4474. View this column and all of Ed's pictures at We are also on Facebook and Twitter.

The Golf Tip
By Robert Menges

  Getting Your Rhythm In Order
  Here's a real simple exercise you can do anytime on the course to regain your rhythm.
  Simply turn a driver or wood up the other way and swing.
  Doing this will make the club very light and it will change the feelings that you've been having with the club.
  Once you've had a number of swings like this, I suggest you grip the club normally and go back to swinging it the way you normally would.
  But, doing this drill will help you to feel the club head and that's critical in the golf swing.
  Have yoour heard the expression "swing the club head?" Well, if you have or your haven't....just do it.
  Swing the clubhead and not the club. Let the club head do the swinging and feel the power you get without forcing it. Keep turning the clubhead over so you can get the feeling of the club head more often.
  You'll soon regain your rhythm and with it will return your confidence.
  Robert Menges is the head golf professional at the Swan Lake Golf & Country Club, Mt. Hope Road, Swan Lake. He is available for private lessons and if you have a question or subject you would like covered, he can be reached by phone at 845-292-0323 or via email at

Putting Tip
By Joe Bermel

  Here is one of the best putting drills.
  A Quadrant Drill
 1. Take a golf ball.
 2. On practice green, establish on one hole at four four foot distance only.
 3. First putt straight uphill.
 4.Second putt straight downhill.
 5. Third putt right edge slight right to left.
 6. Fourth putt left edge slight left to right.
  Every golfer has these four putts many times every round. Do this drill again and again.
  Make yourself make three consecutive putts at each quadrant.
  This will make you a better 2-putt per hole average.
  Joe Bermel Jr. is available for private lessons, group, corporate, organization and golf shows-tournaments. His special edition DVD "How To Putt Well" and his Putting Tip Of The Month Calendar is available by calling 631-589-1384, at his Web site or by email at


Thursday, June 4, 2015


  Former Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3) second baseman Rodney Taylor Jester  has been selected to attend The Beach League Junior College Player Showcase league this summer in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
   The league has an affiliation with the Atlanta Braves and also selects showcase players to play in tournaments in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic.
   Rodney left for Myrtle Beach June 4 and league competition at Myrtle Beach runs through July 7 under the direction of league owner Marty Radford.
  One of the major events for Junior College players in this league takes place July 4 when the Beach League hosts a Junior College Player Showcase as part of the All-Star Day at Pelicans Field  where over 40 four-year schools from Division I, II, III and the NAIA will be at the stadium recruiting top unsigned players.
  Jester was selected to play in this league by TC3 assistant coach Billy Crowe who was formerly an all-star catcher in the Texas Independent League and also was a participant in the Beach league  several  years ago. Rodney was requested to attend this distinguished league as a result of his completed studies and outstanding offensive and defensive play at the Dryden, NY community college.
  During the past two years at TC3 Jester was named co-captain and also received the honor of having his picture placed on the college's website header, facebook and twitter account.
  When Jester was selected for the college website TC3 Sports Information Coordinator Peter Voorhees said "this is the most visible image we have in athletics and it stays up for a year honoring the best returning player on each team."
  Jester is his freshman year at TC3 batted .333 with an On Base Percentate (OBP) of .349 and a Slugging Average (SLG) of .405.
  During his sophomore year at TC3 he ended as one of the top three batters with a batting average of 339, OBP of .402 and SLG of 458. His fielding percentage playing mostly second base was .887 and he completed 20 double plays.
  At one point during the 2015 spring schedule Jester lit up the collegiate scoreboard at Broome County Community College April 14 by getting seven hits in eight at bats in a double header between TC3 and Broome as he ripped three doubles while going 4 for 5 with four RBIs in the first game. He continued with the hot bat by going 3-for-3 and scoring two runs in the second game.
  Not considered a long ball hitter and dishing out mostly  singles and doubles Rodney the week before the Broome double header went 2-for-3 with a single and his first career home run deep over the left field fence that proved to be the winning run for TC3 over Onondaga Community College.
  Jester graduated from Tri-Valley Central School in 2013 and was named MVP by high school varsity baseball coach John Rusin who said at that time that Rodney, "had the type of season most players dream of and most coaches pray for," and "I have to be honest with you, he's the best glove I have ever coached."
  Rodney joins the Beach League as a member of the Riptide team coached by Luis Reyes and expects to continue summer travel league baseball when he returns to New York with a collegiate team playing out of Saugerties which is an affiliate team of Beach League baseball.
Former Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3) second baseman Rodney Taylor Jester will be flashing his defensive and offensive skills during six weeks of play in the Player Showcase Beach League at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina starting June 5 and ending July 7.