Friday, September 30, 2016


RailRiders to Host Fall Festival Oct. 15-16
Pumpkin Patch, Hayrides, Inflatables & More at PNC Field

Moosic, Pa. – PNC Field is “The Place to Be” all year long. The mantra gets an autumnal feel as the home of your SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) hosts a Fall Festival on Oct. 15 from 12 noon – 5 p.m. and Oct. 16 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

“What a great way to keep the good times rolling after a championship season,” said RailRiders COO Josh Olerud. “Affordable, family-friendly entertainment is what we are all about and the Fall Festival creates the perfect bridge for that from the trophy hoisting into the fall.”

The Horn of Plenty of activities include:
-          Pumpkin Patch
-          Pictures with the Triple-A National Championship Trophy & Governors’ Cup
-          Hayrides
-          Inflatables
-          Scavenger Hunt
-          Fall Crafts/Pumpkin Carving
-          Mascot Appearance
-          Photo Booth
-          Live Music
-          Fall-Themed Food & Beverage

Entrance costs $5/person. For $10/person guests receive the pumpkin of their choice and unlimited inflatable rides.

“We love to showcase PNC Field as often as possible,” said RailRiders GM Jeremy Ruby. “Our ballpark is the front porch to NEPA and we’d love everyone to come out and join us in celebrating the fall season.”

For tickets or more information, please call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit The 2016 Gildan Triple-A National Champion RailRiders open their 2017 home schedule on Monday, April 10 against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies).


     NYS Open Senior Championships

  The 38th New York State (NYS) Open Senior Championships will be held October 15-16, 22-23 at the Kingpin's Alley Family  Fun Center, 166 Saratoga Road, South Glens Falls.
  This event is certified by the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) and is open  to all members in good standing of the USBC, New York State USBC and any local NYS USBC association.
   The tournament  features six age divisions.
  This event has increased in popularity over the past few years with 159 doubles teams participating last year in Fulton.
  So far, entries are coming in at a steady pace, noted NYS USBC Manager Mike Pettinella.
  The divisions include Super Senior age 75 and up, Class A 70-74, Class B 65-69, Class C 60-64, Class D 55-59 and Class E 50-54.
  Bowlers may bowl with a senior from another age group for the Doubles event.
  Your age as of October 15, 2016 decides what division you bowl in.
  Entries close 1 hour prior to the last squad on October  23.....depending upon availability.
  Doubles, singles, and six-game combine entry fees if $50 for doubles ($25 per person), $25 for singles and $10 for the six-game combine.
  Entrants may bowl doubles only, singles only or both doubles and singles.
  One in five will cash and multiple entries are allowed.
  The handicap is 90% of 220.
  Squad times are October 15-16 and Oct. 22-23 at noon and 2:30 p.m. 
  Champions of the Six-Game Combine in each of the six age classifications will have a chance to represent NYS at the 2017 USBC Championships in Las Vegas, Nev.
  Entry forms are available at
  Complete the form and send it and the fees to NYS USBC, 55 Edgewood Drive, Batavia, NY 14020.
  If you need assistance or additional information call 585-343-3736.

   Ed's Outlook

  Tournament organizers are already pumping out information about their upcoming events.
  The 2ed Annual Orange Sullivan 1100 Tournament will be held Saturday, October 15 at 1 p.m. at Quinnz Pinz, (the former Middletown Lanes) 13 Railroad Ave., Middletown.
  This is a handicap doubles tournament open to sanctioned women bowlers (one OS 600
Club Bowler) and one (OS 500 Club Bowler) who resides in the areas governed by the Tri-County NY USBC Bowling Association.
  Individual handicap per person is 100% of 200. Entry Fee is $20 per bowler.
  Participants shall bowl three games and may participate only once and this tournament will be conducted with the rules of the USBC.
  All prize money will be returned 100% and entries close on October 8.
  Mail entries to Diane Kosteczko, Secretary 600 Club, 1580 Albany Post Road, Gardiner, NY 12528.
  Two of the area largest tournaments are the Idle Hour Lanes Doubles Event and the regions largest team and doubles No-Tap Tournament held at South Side Bowl.
  Both events are in the Scranton Pa. area but attract many local Sullivan County bowlers.
  The South Side Bowl No-Tap Tournament (where a nine pin count gives you a strike) is a team and doubles event open to women, mixed and men. The tournament paid out over $98,549 in prize money in 2015.
  Tournament 2017 dates announced are April 22, 23, 28, 29, May 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21.
  The Idel Hour Lanes 2017 Doubles Event dates announced are April 22, 23, 29, 30, May 6,7.
  We will update additional information about these two tournaments during this bowling season.
   Bowling Tip
   By Mike Luongo

  Bowlers: This week's tip is for any bowler who ends up out of balance at the foul line when delivering a bowling  ball.
  If you find yourself unable to finish your delivery is a strong balanced position, it may be a result of your follow through.
  It is important that when you follow through on your delivery, you do not reach OUT with your arm, but UP with your follow through.
  The reason?
  If your reach out, the weight of the ball will pull your upper body forward and may cause you to lose your balance. If you reach up, you can stay planted in a strong, solid position 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 Brip Bowling Ball Company. Have a question, call him at 434-720-7939 or via email at

  Local Scores
  Beechwood Lanes

  Monday Ladies

  Beth Schumacher 175, Tracy Puerschner 175, 152.

  Kiamesha Lanes

  Monday Men's

  Dean Shattuck 269, 247, 737, Pedro Agapito III a 245, 660, Vinny Collura 235, 246, 228, 709, Donny Durland 235, 235, 245, 694, Mike Mulligan 246, 611, Charlie Tuttle 642, Ryan Lepke 239, 603, Dave Graham 601, Keith Smith 256, 236, 715, Eddie Lake 609, Rick Lake 603, Gene Smith 255, 245, 713, Vinny Scuderi 236, 602, Walt Edwards 243, 616, Michael Scuderi 621, Tom Belgiovene 232, 617, Lloyd Bridges 277, 663, Ryan Feeney 634, Robert Feeney 226, George Baggatta 236, Larry Whipple 236, 664, Jody Farquhar 259, 654, John Hoffmann 226, James Durland 257, 668.

  Tues. Mixed Firefighters

  Kevin Stackhouse 227, 225, 645, Pedro Agapito III a 268, 696, Trasey Barres 193, 201, 200, 594, Larry Whipple 228, 225, 656, Carena Collura 203, 196, 571, George Kelley 235, 241, 658, Charlie Tuttle 245, 228, 651, Kyle Giordana 243, 239, 706, Jon Wilhelm 238, 676, Niel Bell 225, 626, Ed "The Golfer" Guthrie  227, 234, 233, 694, John Hoffmann 236, Mary Lee Williams 202, 510, Joan Lake 182, 513, Rick Lake 226, 634, Dave Graham 235.

  Thursday Ladies

  Tricia Tuttle 191, Connie McKenley 194, Kristy Lopez 224, Loretta Van Aken 220, 516, Pat Gibson 190, Liz Stubits 181, 521, Sonya Robinson 182, Mari Jane Conklin 189, Joan Lake 190, Debbie Heins 192, Shirley Bowens 188, Audrey Woolard 206.

  Friday Mixed

  Cathy Carpenter 180, 525, John Hoffmann 609, Paul Berens 234, 226, 660, Anne Kaplan 202, 507, Mary Ann Drobysh-Berens 214, 205, 571, Joan Lake 192, 512, Larry Whipple 609, Eddie Lake 248, 618, Trasey Barres 208, 207, 588, Doris Castro 182, Angie Desmond 197, Ryan Lepke 245, 624, Keith Smith 233, 236, 647, James VanAken 233, 655.

  Kevin Stackhouse
  Scores 299-786

  A nice night of bowling for Kevin Stackhouse in the Friday Mixed league as he smashed a 786 series off single games of 278, 209, 299. In the 299 game a two pin with his ball coming in light in the pocket cost him a perfect 300 game. Kevin noted that in game one he had the first eight strikes, left the 10 pin in the 9th frame and also the 10 pin on the 12th ball. He changed balls in the beginning of the second game after leaving two big splits.

  Ed Townsend is a Public Relations Consultant for the sport of bowling and brings over 60 years of sports journalism experience in writing and compiling the information for this column. If you have league or tournament information, score a 300 game or 800 series or even score your age, let Ed know at 845-439-8177, email at or fax at 845-205-4474. View this column and Ed's photos at We are also on Facebook and Twitter.


South Korea’s Mi Jung Hur and Canada’s Brooke Henderson sit tied at the top of the leaderboard at 14-under par after two days of play at the Reignwood LPGA Classic.

Hur wowed the crowd by finishing her final four holes at -5, with a chip-in eagle on the 16th followed by another eagle at the last. Her 63 on Friday broke the tournament 18-hole scoring record set by three players in 2013 and also counts as a personal best career score to par for the 26-year-old.

“I just can say, ‘Oh, my gosh’ for my last round,” said Hur. “Everything is doing really good. Even I made one bogey on second. I miss my tee shot to right and had an unplayable; hit three on the green and made a two-putt. After that, I mean, everything was working really good for the day.”

It was the second 63 of Hur’s career (2015 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship) but the first time she has crossed the 10-under mark in a round.

Henderson birdied five of her first six holes on her way to a second consecutive 66 and will hold at least a share of the lead heading into the weekend for the sixth time in her LPGA career. The teenager walked away with the trophy in the last three tournaments that she was leading after two rounds.

“I felt like today could be a good day, which is always a good feeling to have,” Henderson said. “One bogey, which kind of set me back a little bit, but then some more birdies on the back nine to get to 7-under, and 14-under par, which is really nice, especially only two days into the championship and I know I have two more days left. Really looking forward to it. Hopefully have two more 7-under rounds.”

The co-leaders will be joined by fan-favorite and 2013 Reignwood LPGA Classic champion Shanshan Feng (-13) in the final group on Saturday. Feng, who holds the tournament scoring record at 26-under par, had nine birdies during her second round 65.

“I know that there will be a lot of the Chinese fans coming this time also,” said Feng. “I’m really excited to see them. Normally when I’m overseas I actually don’t get too many spectators, fans coming to watch me, cheering me, so it’s special. I really like it.”

A trio of South Koreans will follow in the group behind the leaders including In-Kyung Kim (-12), 2014 champion Mirim Lee (-10) and Amy Yang (-9). First round leader Ariya Jutanugarn (-6) fell back after shooting 75 on Friday.

Mi Jung Hur has a different caddie on the bag for this week only. After fellow South Korean So Yeon Ryu withdrew from the Reignwood LPGA Classic, Hur called her friend and asked if she could borrow her caddie for the week. Hur’s normal caddie got to stay at home and will meet her in Taiwan next week.

“I just called to So Yeon and said maybe I can work with Tom this week, her caddie,” Hur explained. “My caddie’s name is Jack. Tom was already on the plane; Jack wasn’t. So I just called to Jack and said, ‘We have this situation. What do you think?’ He said, ‘Maybe I can change my flight to Taiwan and you can work with Tom.’”

South Korea’s In-Kyung Kim has found her form of late and is in prime position for another strong finish this week. Kim roared to a five-shot victory at the ISPS Handa Ladies European Masters on the Ladies European Tour earlier this month, and followed that up with a season-best sixth place finish at The Evian Championship the following week.

Kim credited her driving accuracy and a few good breaks in helping her start strong in Beijing.

“You know what? Like if I can play like today I feel like I have a lot of opportunities out there. Yeah, I had a lot of good read as well and a little bit of luck maybe.”

The Red Bull Final Five Challenge returns at the Reignwood LPGA Classic this year. The 5-hole challenge awards the player with the lowest cumulative score in relation to par for tournament holes 14-18 throughout the week.

Mi Jung Hur and Mirim Lee are currently tied for the lead in the challenge at 6-under par on holes 14-18 through Friday.

The winner of the challenge will receive $50,000 USD at the conclusion of the tournament. Players need to finish all 4 rounds, 72 holes (or the official number of rounds completed in this year’s Reignwood LPGA Classic if shortened due to weather) to be eligible.

Friday, September 23, 2016


  The 2016-17 Bowling Season Has Started

  Kiamesha Lanes bowling manager Eddie Lake  gave indications this week that although 2016-17 fall leagues have already started that some leagues still have openings available and bowlers interested are asked to call 845-794-5561.
  Leagues that are bowling at Kiamesha this season include the Monday Men's, Tuesday MIxed (four on a team),  Thursday Ladies and  Friday Mixed. There is no longer a Wednesday Men's league and no leagues on Saturday and Sunday.
  Starting in October will be the Saturday morning youth leagues.
  Lake noted that at the Liberty Bowl the only league presently scheduled is a two person doubles league that will be starting on Wednesday nights at 7:30 under the leadership of Dean Shattuck. Anyone interested can call Dean at 914-755-6643.
  A fun league called the ShopRite league will start in December. .
  Bowlers interested in starting a league in Liberty  are asked to call the above number.
  At Callicoon Kristal Bowl Kristal Whitmore reports that leagues are set for the  Monday Ladies  and Wednesday Men's and that she has openings for the Tuesday Men's league. Call her for information at 845-887-6887..
   The Monday Ladies league will once again bowl at the Villa Roma Beechwood Lanes.

  New League Shot
  & King Of The Hill
  At Kiamesha Lanes

  Kiamesha Lanes league bowlers are experiencing  a new bowling shot this season.
  Reports coming back to us was that the former league shot was too easy and produced too many high scores.
  The new league shot is said to be much tighter with more oil further down the lanes and will be pushing out the pattern to 42 feet. .
  It will be interesting to see what type of scores are produced on this shot.
  Manager Eddie Lake has also announced that there will be a new King Of  The Hill tournament each Wednesday night starting at 7 p.m.

  Mickey Luongo &
  Fiance Casey Wilson
  To Run Pro Shop

  Casey Wilson, Mickey Luongo's fiance, will be the new manager of the Pro Shop at Quinnz Pinz bowling center at 13 Railroad Ave. in Middletown (formerly called Middletown Lanes.)
  For many years the pro shop at Middletown Lanes was owned and managed by well known professional  Mike Luongo, Mickey's father.
  Mickey is also the regional sales manager for Storm bowling products which includes Roto Grip.
  The Quinnz Pinz pro shop hours are Monday-Friday from 5 to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8-12 and 5-7.
  In addition to the Pro Shop announcement Casey and Mickey also announced that their wedding date is September 23, 2017 in Otisville, NY.
  Their wedding Website tells this story....... "high school sweethearts finally tying the knot. We are pleased to invite you to have a great time as we celebrate the long awaited marriage between Mickey Luongo and Casey Wilson. What better way to share a first meal as husband and wife than to have their favorite pizza guy serve authentic New York style pizza out of his pizza truck. They couldn't let that guy steal the spotlight so there will also be an ice cream truck and a  mountain of cupcakes to satisfy that sweet tooth. Want to join the after party? Be sure to hop on the conga line to the bar after the park festivities."

  September 24
  Storm Demonstration                             
  At Tarsio Lanes

  Storm Products Regional Sales Manager Mickey Luongo will be holding a demonstration day at Tarsio Lanes in Newburgh on Saturday, September 24.
  Storm and Roto Grip bowling balls will be demonstrated by Mickey and a few local staff representatives.
  The event get underway at 1 p.m.                                                               
  Ed"s Outlook

  We had the opportunity to talk to some of the professional bowlers on the staff of the Brunswick team this past spring  who competed in the the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) league event in Maine which produced some rousing, raucous and outrageously fun competition which is not the case on the regular PBA Tour where silence and no fan  movement is mandatory.  
  The professionals liked this atmosphere so much that some of the same will be repeated this year as team competition returns to Bayside Bowl in Portland for Maine Event 2017.
  At Bayside Bowl last year there was more fan interaction with the pros and cheering and loud music blared even when the bowlers stepped on the lanes and delivered their throw.
  The PBA's return to Portland will include a day of practice and pro-am activity when Maine adult, youth and senior league bowlers will have a chance to bowl with the stars of the PBA.
  Once again bowling fans will have the opportunity to watch this competition and the dates will be announced later this season.
  The PBA Fall Swing began this past Wednesday night with the Wolf Open finals. The fall swing telecasts on CBS SN (Sports Network) continues with the Bear Open Sept. 28, Badger Open Oct. 5, Detroit Open Oct. 12 and the King of the Swing special event on Oct. 19. All shows air at 9 p.m. (ET).

  Bowling Tip
  By Mike Luongo

  Learning the five fundamentals of a good bowling shot.
  So very often we forget the most basic steps that are designed to help us have fun and score a good game.
  These steps include getting ready in the stance position by taking a deep breath, bringing in air into our nose and exhaling through your mouth.
  The next step is getting lined up, before the start of  your match practice a couple of shots to see what the lane conditions are and even take a look at other bowlers and see what they are doing. You should watch your ball reaction and don't force your ball to curve.  (Equipment selection is important here.)
  Want good balance then make sure your first step is a short one.....this adds greatly to ending up with good balance when your release your ball.
  Keeping a loose swing is also important, stay away from using too much muscle. When you are ready to bowl make sure your hand and arm are relaxed before you start your approach.
  As you start the ball moving in your approach, make sure that the ball moves in a straight line toward the target on the lane. This will prevent your swing from going off line.
  Let the rest of your swing be relaxed.
  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
  Local Scores                                                  

  Kiamesha Lanes

  Monday Men's

  Pedro Agapito III a 268, 721, Vinny Collura 625, Donny Durland 225, 264, 658, Charlie Tuttle 236, 639, David Graham 227, Keith Smith 640, Eddie Lake 248, 247, 698, Rick Lake 236, 653, Vincent DeGraw 242, Thomas Belgiovene 257, 227, 697, Arthur Stevens 248, Lloyd Bridges 243, 655, Jon Wilhelm 236, 618, Robert E. Feeney Sr. 225, 635, George Baggatta 230, 620, John Lopez 232, 236, 657, James VanAken 628, Dean Shattuck 231, 240, 684, Russell Bivins 247, 649, Jason Jones Jr. 248, 669.

  Tuesday Mixed Firefighters

  Mary Lee Willliams 195, 232, 210, 637, Kevin Stackhouse 225, 615, Pedro Agapito III a 614, Tracey Barres 216, 535, Leanne Mangabang 203, 537, Linda Schaefer 183, 511, Andrea Grossman 199, 504, Liz Stubits 202, 528, Harry Dennis 255, Steve Belgiovene 249, 657, Jon Wilhelm 252, 600, David Graham 228, 231, 655.

  Thursday Ladies

  Sherri Laird 194, Lisa Cartwright 184, Stella Schmahi 185, Connie McKenley 198, 511, Pat Gibson 180, 202, 540, Sonya Robinson 180, Monica Lane 181, 522, Shirley Bowens 182, Cynthia Short 180, 183, 533.

  Friday Mixed

  Paul Berens 243, 629, Joan Lake 186, 189, 539, Linda Schaefer 204, Eddie Lake 637, Lauren Blume 181, Trasey Barres 184, 507, Pete Nastasi 243, 623, Angie Desmond 221, 192, 563, Tito Santiago 235, Julie Chen 189, Ryan Lepke 258, 643, Katie Hacker 206, Keith Smith 246, 278, 691, David Graham 622, John Hoffmann 237, 605, Kevin Stackhouse 246, 644.

  Beechwood Lanes

  Monday Ladies

  Pam Wayne 150, Tracy Puerschner 159, Diane Staves 191, 152.

  Ed Townsend is a Public Relations Consultant to the sport of bowling and brings over 60-years of sports journalism experience in writing and compiling the information for this column. If you have league or tournament information, bowl a 300 game or 800 series or even bowl your age, let Ed know at 845-439-8177, email at or fax at 845-205-4474. View this column and Ed's photos at We are also on Facebook and Twitter.

Casey Wilson and Mickey Luongo have announced their wedding date and that Casey will be managing the Pro Shop at Quinnz Pinz bowling center in Middletown. The two were familiar faces in the pro shop formerly operated by Mickey's father, Mike Luongo.  Mickey is also the Regional Sales Manager for Storm bowling products.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016



What:   A welcome-home celebration for the Triple-A National Champion SWB RailRiders. Fans and media are welcome to attend.
When:  Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 3 p.m. (team will likely arrive between 3:15-3:45 p.m.)
Where: PNC Field (Entrance Plaza)
                235 Montage Mountain Rd.
                Moosic, PA 18507


RailRiders Claim Triple-A’s Top Prize
Parmelee & Pitching Pave Path to Prominence

Memphis, Tenn.Chris Parmelee blasted a first-inning homer and four pitchers took it from there as the SWB RailRiders (International League/New York Yankees) defeated the El Paso Chihuahuas (Pacific Coast League/San Diego Padres) for the 2016 Gildan Triple-A National Championship at AutoZone Park on Tuesday night. SWB’s first-ever overall Triple-A crown proved the first for the International League since the Columbus Clippers in 2011.

Three straight hits started the home first for the RailRiders, who enjoyed home field by virtue of the IL’s victory over the PCL in the Triple-A All-Star Game. Mark Payton singled, Clint Frazier followed with a single of his own and Parmelee sent them all home with a blast to right field off starter Walker Lockett (0-1).

SWB starter Jordan Montgomery fired a pair of perfect innings before a Jose Rondon double and a single by former RailRider Nick Noonan started the third. Montgomery retired the next three in order to quell the threat.

Montgomery (1-0) was lifted after three straight El Paso hits sparked the sixth, successive singles by Michael Margot, Carlos Asuaje and an RBI blow by Austin Hedges. Former San Diego prospect Johnny Barbato entered from the bullpen and started a string of 12 straight retired down the stretch by SWB relievers.

Phil Coke was perfect in the seventh and eighth while Giovanny Gallegos fired a 1-2-3 ninth to cement the hardware and record the save.

Season tickets for the 2017 season are now on sale. PNC Field in Moosic, home of the RailRiders, will be the place to be for the 2017 Gildan Triple-A National Championship Game on Sept. 19. The Mohegan Sun Pocono Hotel and Casino and PNC Field will serve as hosts of the two-day event. To purchase tickets or to find out more information, call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit

Friday, September 16, 2016


RailRiders Claim 2016 Governors’ Cup Championship
SWB Wins International League for Second Time in Franchise History

Lawrenceville, Ga. – The SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/ New York Yankees) earned their first Governors’ Cup title since 2008 by shutting out the Gwinnett Braves 3-0 to win the Championship Series 3-1 on Friday night at Coolray Field. The 2016 RailRiders held the G-Braves to just two runs over the final 35.1 innings of the series.

Dan Camarena (1-0) took home the win in the decisive game after firing 5.1 scoreless frames in his first Triple-A start. The left-hander held the G-Braves to five hits and a walk while striking out four. Giovanny Gallegos earned the save after tossing a perfect ninth. Rob Wooten (0-2) shouldered the loss despite matching a career high with eight strikeouts. He allowed two runs on five hits.
Mark Payton broke a scoreless tie in the fifth by driving home Jake Cave with a two-out single to right. Clint Frazier followed with a bloop single, scoring Cito Culver for a 2-0 lead.
Payton’s third hit of the night provided insurance for the RailRiders. With two away in the seventh, Payton drove a pitch to the wall in right field that glanced off the glove of a leaping Mel Rojas Jr. Culver raced home from first and Payton hustled to third for a triple and a 3-0 lead.
The RailRiders will face the champion of the Pacific Coast League in the 2016 Gildan Triple-A National Championship at Autozone Park in Memphis, Tenn. on Tuesday, September 20. First pitch is set for 8:05 p.m. eastern. Starting pitchers have not been announced.
The RailRiders staff will host a watch party at Revello's Café Pizza in Old Forge, Pa. on September 20 beginning at 8 p.m. There will be pizza and drink specials, raffles and prizes from the RailRiders. Season tickets for the 2017 season are now on sale. To purchase or to find out more information, call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit!
Jake Cave was named series Most Valuable Player. The outfielder finished 4-for-13 (.308), three walks and a three RBI.

The RailRiders, a team that rewrote several team records throughout the season, became the first club in franchise history to lose the first game of a playoff series and come back to win the set.

SWB pitching has not allowed a run in postseason competition on the road, a span of 36 innings. The RailRiders held the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies) scoreless in both meetings at Coca-Cola Park and the Gwinnett Braves without a run at Coolray Field.


Double-A Mets Unveil 2017 Schedule & Announce B-Mets Garage Sale
BINGHAMTON, NY – With a new identify slated for reveal next month, the Double-A Mets are proud to unveil their 2017 schedule. The team also invites fans to come to NYSEG Stadium this Saturday for a garage sale of Binghamton Mets merchandise. A PDF of the 2017 season has been attached to this release.
From 11 AM to 5 PM on Saturday fans can get an early edition of the 2017 schedule and purchase stadium signs, clubhouse chairs, game-worn jerseys, and many other Binghamton Mets-specific items from the ballpark. Food and beverage will also be available during the sale.
The team kicks off their first season with a new name against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on the road on Thursday, April 6. The new era of professional baseball in the Southern Tier starts with the home opener against the Erie SeaWolves on Thursday, April 13.
The team will be home for five major summer holidays including Mother’s Day (May 14), Memorial Day (May 29), Father’s Day (June 18) and Labor Day (Sept 4). The club will also be home for the eve of Independence Day (July 3).
There will be eleven weekends of pro baseball in the Southern Tier, including eight from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Home games from Monday through Thursday will be scheduled to start at 6:35 PM throughout the season with the following exceptions: May 3 (Baseball in Education Day), May 29 (Memorial Day) and September 4 (Labor Day).
Friday games throughout the year will start at 7:05 PM and Saturday contests from May 27 onward will begin at 7:05 PM. The first three Saturday games are slated for 1:05 PM starts. Aside from 6:35 PM first pitches on May 28, July 5 and September 3, Sunday home games will commence at 1:05 PM.
Be sure to follow the team on Facebook, Twitter and at the team’s official website ( for more team information during the offseason.


ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The potent pitching of Brady Lail, Dietrich Enns and J.R. Graham combined on a five-hit shutout as the RailRiders blanked the Gwinnett Braves in a critical Game 3 of the Governors' Cup Championship Series on Thursday night, 3-0. SWB owns a 2-1 series lead and sits one win short of the franchise's second-ever Governors' Cup crown and first since 2008.

THIS AND THAT: The RailRiders led the minors with a franchise-record 24 shutouts in the regular season. Three of SWB's five playoff wins during this run have been shutouts...SWB's 47 road wins tied with Nashville for the most in Triple-A this season. The team has gone 3-0 on the road during these playoffs, all shutout wins...The RailRiders have gone 5-0 at Coolray Field this season between the regular campaign and playoffs combined. Since the Braves moved their top affiliate to suburban Atlanta in 2009, the SWB franchise has won 26 of 32 at Coolray Field including all three playoff meetings in Lawrenceville...Since Gwinnett scored six runs in Game 1's opening inning, the G-Braves have amassed just two runs over the last 26.1 innings...Pete Kozma enjoyed a 2-for-4 night with a lined single in addition to his homer. Kozma is 5-for-10 (.500) in the Championship Series...Brady Lail shutout the G-Braves over 6.1 innings and has allowed only one run over 10.1 frames in the postseason...Donovan Solano reached twice on HBP, matching his regular season total (131 games played).

PLAYOFF HISTORY: SWB is in the Governors' Cup Championship Series for the sixth time in franchise history (1992, 2000, 2001, 2008, 2009). SWB has claimed the IL North 11 times in its history including seven division titles in a decade as the Yankees' top affiliate. The SWB franchise's lone Governors' Cup championship came in 2008. The then-SWB Yankees beat Pawtucket in four games and bested Durham in four in the championship with a 20-2 win in clincher.

HOW SWEEP IT IS: The RailRiders continued rewriting the club's record book on Friday night at PNC Field as they rolled to an 11-3 Game 3 win over the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, cementing the franchise's first postseason sweep. The RailRiders never trailed in the Division Series and outscored the IronPigs, 20-3.

SWEET 16?: The New York Yankees' top affiliate has won the Governors' Cup 15 times, by far the most of any MLB organization. 

BEST VS. WORST: This series pits Triple-A's winningest team this season, the RailRiders, against a G-Braves team that set the record for worst winning percentage of any team to ever make the Governors' Cup playoffs.

YOUNG, FUN & DOMINANT: SWB ranked among the IL's best offenses in multiple categories: batting average (1st, .266); OBP (1st, .333); SLG (2nd, .399); OPS (1st, .732); runs/game (1st, 4.6); RBIs (1st, 611); BB (4th, 446). It did so with a group of position players that has a mean-average age of 26.3. Tied with Indianapolis for the youngest pitching staff at 25.6, Tommy Phelps' hurlers ranked among the circuit's best in: ERA (1st, 2.98); WHIP (2nd, 1.18); H/9 IP (1st, 7.8); K/9IP (2nd, 8.6); K:BB ratio (1st, 3.1:1); HR (2nd, 86); SV (T-1st, 45).

RECORD KEEPING: The RailRiders became the first IL team to finish with a sub-3.00 ERA since the 1980 Columbus Clippers (2.92). The 2001 SWB Red Barons had owned the franchise record for lowest team ERA at 3.19. Game 1 starter, Jordan Montgomery, set a new club record for consecutive scoreless innings at 29.2. En route to winning the IL North clincher at Buffalo on Aug. 31, he surpassed Tim Mauser's run of 29.1 from May 15 - June 1, 1991. The RailRiders became the first IL team to reach the 90-win mark since the 2002 SWB Red Barons finished 91-53. These RailRiders tied the 2002 unit for the franchise record in wins. By virtue of playing one less game, they set a new team record for best winning percentage (.636). SWB pitching picked up 1,198 strikeouts, obliterating the franchise record of 1,157 set by the 2013 unit. The RailRiders' 24 shutout wins paced the minors and shattered the single-season franchise record. The 2009 SWB Yankees previously held the franchise mark with 16 blankings. Only one IL team, the 2015 Rochester Red Wings (21), is believed to have recorded as many as 21 shutouts since the then-Tidewater Tides had 21 in 1975. The 2016 RailRiders finished their road schedule a franchise-record 47-25 (.653), breaking the mark of 45 wins set by the 2002 Red Barons. At 47-23 (.671), only the PCL's Nashville Sounds (Oakland Athletics) had a better road record in Triple-A.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016


SWB Scores Walk-Off to Even Championship Series
RailRiders Score Twice in Ninth Without a Hit

Moosic, Pa. – Held without a hit for much for the night, it was patience that allowed the SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/ New York Yankees) to even the Governors’ Cup Championship Series at 1-1 against the Gwinnett Braves (Atlanta Braves). The RailRiders used four walks and a hit batsmen to walk-off the G-Braves 2-1 and bring the curtain down on the 2016 season at PNC Field.

 Phil Coke kept the RailRiders in the game throughout the night by holding Gwinnett to a run on three hits over 7.1 innings. The southpaw fanned nine without walking a batter. Giovanny Gallegos (2-0) took home the win in relief after blanking the G-Braves over the final 1.2 innings. He struck out two.

Sean Kazmar Jr. produced the only run for Gwinnett in the fourth when a two-out, bloop double dropped in right field to score Ronnier Mustelier from first.

The combined efforts of starter Chris Ellis and reliever Madison Younginer held SWB without a hit through seven innings. Pinch hitter Cito Culver delivered the club’s only knock when he bounced a double fair of first with one away in the eighth inning.

The RailRiders seized the moment in the ninth, however as Donovan Solano and Chris Parmelee worked consecutive walks off Bradley Roney (0-1) to begin the ninth. An errant fastball went too far in and plunked Kyle Higashioka to load the bases.

Michael Cleto quickly relieved Roney, but could not escape the jam. With no one out, Jake Cave took a four-pitch walk to plate Solano for the tying score. Pete Kozma followed with a base-on-balls that forced home the winning run in Cesar Puello.

With the series even, the championship round shifts to Cool Ray Field in Lawrenceville, Ga., for Game Three. Right-hander Brady Lail (0-0, 2.25) gets the nod against right-hander Tyrell Jenkins (0-0, 3.60). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. The G-Braves will also host Game Four at 7:05 p.m. on Friday, September 16 and, if necessary Game Five on Saturday, September 17.
Season tickets for the 2017 season are now on sale. Should SWB advance to the Gildan Triple-A National Championship Game, the RailRiders staff will host a watch party at Revello’s Café Pizza in Old Forge, Pa. on September 20 beginning at 8 p.m. There will be pizza and drink specials, raffles and prizes from the RailRiders. To purchase tickets or to find out more information, call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit!
In the ninth inning, the G-Braves used two pitchers and fired 20 pitches. Only three were strikes (Roney 11-2 and Cleto (9-1).

SWB was held to one hit in a playoff game for the third time in club history. Rochester (9-9-06) in a 2-0 win and Columbus (9-10-10) in a 1-0 victory also held SWB to one hit.

The RailRiders posted 11 walk-off wins during the 2016 regular season, including the final two home games against the Syracuse Chiefs (Washington Nationals). Wednesday’s win marked the 12th and third in the final five games.

Donovan Solano earned three of the RailRiders’ nine walks on the night and tied the team record for most walks by a batter in a single playoff game (Doug Bernier vs. Gwinnett, 9-12-09).

The nine bases-on-balls fell one shy of their regular season high 10 versus the Durham Bulls on July 22 and one shy of the franchise record for walks in a single playoff game (10 at Durham, 9-12-08).

Tuesday, September 13, 2016


RailRiders’ Rally Falls Short Against G-Braves in Game One
Jake Cave Finishes Triple Shy of the Cycle

Moosic, Pa. – The SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/ New York Yankees) fell down six runs in the first inning and fell short in their comeback bid on Tuesday night at PNC Field. The Gwinnett Braves (Atlanta Braves) held on for a 7-4 win in Game One of the best-of-five Governors’ Cup Championship Series.  

Jordan Montgomery (1-1) retired only two batters in the first inning. He allowed six runs, three earned, on six hits. The RailRiders used five relievers the rest of the way to hold the G-Braves to a run on seven hits. Aaron Blair (1-0) took home the win. The right-hander allowed four runs on six hits across 7.1 innings. Michael Cleto worked around two runners in scoreless ninth for the save.
Sean Kazmar Jr.’s three-run homer to left-center highlighted the early onslaught for Gwinnett. Jake Cave got the RailRiders on the board in the second frame with a solo shot that clanged off the left-field foul pole.
In the eighth, the RailRiders loaded the bases with one out to chase Blair. Reliever Jason Hursh entered and managed to retire Chris Parmelee on a pop out to third. But Kyle Higashioka smashed a single to right that scored two and Cave followed with a single that plated Donovan Solano. Hursh induced a foul out by Cito Culver to preserve a 6-4 lead.
Tyler Moore doubled off Johnny Barbato in the top of the ninth to score Kazmar for the final margin. The RailRiders brought the tying run to the plate in the last of the ninth, but Solano struck out to end it.
Left-hander Phil Coke (1-0, 0.00) will face right-hander Chris Ellis (1-0, 0.00) in Game Two of the Governors’ Cup Championship Series on Wednesday, September 14 at PNC Field. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. It will be the last chance to catch your 2016 International League North Division champion SWB RailRiders at home! Fans can purchase lawn seat tickets for $1 and Bud Lights for $1! Purchase playoff tickets by calling 570-969-BALL (2255) or online at!
The seven runs scored by the Gwinnett Braves were the most allowed by the RailRiders since a 7-1 loss to the Rochester Red Wings at PNC Field on August 26.
Jake Cave finished 3-for-4 and a triple shy of the cycle. He is now 7-for-14 (.500) in four postseason games with two doubles, a home run and three RBI and three runs scored.
The six runs allowed by Jordan Montgomery were two more than he allowed in 37.0IP during six regular season starts. The home run was also the first he allowed at the Triple-A level.
In the Yankees era (2007-Present), SWB's playoff opener has told the tale. Every time it won the opening game of a playoff series it went on to win that series. Each time it lost a series opener, it lost that set. The franchise has gone 5-7 in playoff openers as the Yankees' top affiliate.

Sunday, September 11, 2016



  GRAHAMSVILLE--Jason Closs, one of the most successful and talented boys and girls basketball coaches in the Tri-County area is leaving the ranks of coaching and has been appointed the new Secondary School Dean of Students and Athletic Director at Tri-Valley Central High School.

  Closs replaces Derek Adams who left Tri-Valley to become the Athletic Director and Assistant Principal at the Wallkill Central School District.

  Before coming to the Tri-Valley school district in the fall of 2009, Jason was a physical education teacher and coach at the Chester Union Free School District and coached the Hambletonians boy's varsity basketball team to several division championships.

  At Tri-Valley Closs also taught physical education and coached boys junior varsity basketball, girls varsity basketball, soccer and golf.
  When asked about leaving the coaching ranks Jason noted "my duties as Dean of Students and Athletic Director will consume all of my time and energy."
  Closs in assuming his new job pointed out that  "we have great students and teachers here at Tri-Valley and I look forward to bringing the same passion and drive I had for teaching and coaching  to my new position as Dean of Students and Athletic Director."
  "I have had the opportunity to coach some amazing student athletes over the last several years here at Tri-Valley," and "we have had some success over that time, but the most rewarding thing is the relationships I have built with our athletes," Jason said.
  Two of the outstanding basketball seasons that Coach Closs will remember at Tri-Valley includes the 2013-14 varsity girls team that had the Lady Bears winning the Section IX Class C championship, 59-54 over Pine Plains. In this game the Bears were clinging to a two-point 54-52 lead with 1:21 left on the clock and thanks to clutch foul shooting in the final seconds of the game by Katlynn Greffrath , Sabrina Smith and Sara Dertinger the Bears clinched the championship.

  With that Section IX championship win Closs noted, "we responded to a strong defense with a scrappy hard fought offense and we held our ground and scored some big free throws at the end."
  Closs' thoughts on this win were "we put four months of hard work and efforts and ask the girls to give so much and I'm happy for then to get back here and win a section championship and move on."

  This win pushed their season record to 18-0 and was Tri-Valley's first girls' basketball Section IX championship since 2011.

  Another milestone the new Tri-Valley Athletic Director will always remember is the 2012-13 boys junior varsity season which saw the Closs coached team go undefeated with a perfect 16-0 season. Jason in comments made following that 16th win said, "this season we were a team in every aspect, we focused on being unselfish, doing the right things and putting the team above ourselves."
  Closs pointed out that this boys JV team "was committed to getting better everyday and the work ethic in practice and the willingness to do the little things well allowed us to improve each game and we finished the season a considerable better team as a whole."

  Closs's professional  background at Chester included being the districts Athletic Director, physical education teacher, boys varsity basketball coach, boys modified basketball coach and boys modified soccer coach. At Tri-Valley he has been a physical education teacher, girls varsity basketball coach, varsity golf coach, boys varsity soccer coach, JV boys basketball coach and girls modified soccer coach.

  His educational career includes being a graduate of Roscoe Central School, US Army from 1994-1997, a graduate of SUNY Brockport majoring in physical education and a graduate of the United State Sports Academy majoring in sports management.

  The new Athletic Director's hobbies include coaching, camping, hiking and spending time with his wife Kristy and children Mackenzie, Nathan and Paityn.

  In his new position Jason said he "looks forward to working with everyone to cultivate a positive environment within our school," which includes "helping create an atmosphere that makes our students want to come to school and be part of the many special we do here," and "I look forward to having the unique opportunity to work with many members of our school community to promote school pride and celebrate our many successes at Tri-Valley."

 No new girls varsity basketball coach has been named at this time.



The last official coaching photo for Jason Closs, on the left, was taken in February of this year as the Tri-Valley seniors gathered for a group photo prior to their last regular season home game. With coach Closs were, from the left, Kayla Butler, Autumn Bender, Katie Jester and Elizabeth Hannold. On the right is Assistant Coach Jerry Stevens.



Tri-Valley Central School District's new Secondary School Dean of Students and Athletic Director Jason Closs, right, remembers with great pride receiving the Section IX Class C championship trophy in February of 2014 from Section IX Women's Chairman Becky Ahart.




  4 Called To "Hammer" Tee Box

  At a recent "Ting" the Hammer decreed that the following "Past Friends of the Links" be called to the tee box, Louise Butler, David Cohen, Arthur "Ike" Friend and Arthur "Art" Tursi.
  This journey along with much tradition continues Saturday, September 17 when the 10th Annual Hammer outing takes place at the Liberty Sullivan County Golf & Country Club.
  This tradition will keep intact the late Keith Hamlin's expressed desire to hold an outing (now called the Hammer Outing) to share the many pleasant memories of past "Friends of the Links."
  The invitation only event in its printed invitation to golfers states that "the Journey Continues.....Keith "Hammer" Hamlin is in the Clubhouse at Asgard....with him are several "Past Friends of the Links" that were honored and inducted in the fabled links of Asgard in Valhalla at the Hammer Outings.
  Hammer tradition declares that the four noted in the first paragraph will now be playing on that beautiful course in heaven with the mystical name Valhalla Course in the land of Asgard (the highest heaven obtainable and reserved for only the most noble men and women.
  Family members and friends will attend
  The lore and traditions of the annual Hammer Outing brings tournament golf to what could easily be called a look at a mystical golf course in Heaven where there is reality and faith combined for past "Friends of the Links."
  A realization of the thoughts and words of the late Keith "Hammer" Hamlin this event takes place through the combined efforts of his family and many friends.
  Keith was a well known and highly respected contractor doing business as the Hamlin Construction Co. and loved the game of golf where he achieved the nick name of "Hammer" for the way he drove the ball down the fairway.
  The Hammer Outing is truly fulfilling Keith's desire as described in the Lore and Traditions of the Outing as an outing that takes place in the fields of play "that so many of us have walked, talked and played upon together," and "shall be an outing of joy, not remorse, an outing of brother and sisterhood, an outing to renew old friendships."
  The Lore and Traditions point out that it has been left to The Hammer" to find that beautiful course in Heaven an that the mystical course is called the Valhalla Course. 
  Keith, as would be expected, has a high seat on the governing board (Ting) at Valhalla and has let it be known that he has made arrangements for the past "Friends of the Links" to be admitted, as members, at this enchanted Links course.
  The use of the word "Ting" comes from the fact that leaders of the villages in ancient times in the Celtic lands, The Isles, and parts of Europe held meetings to resolve issues of the day and these meetings were called (Tings) or things.
  At each future Hammer Outing an additional foursome will be called to the Tee Box and honored as such and these players will be drawn from the roster of "Friends of the Links" that was established at the 1st Annual Hammer Outing held October 8, 2007.
  There are no pre-established teams in this outing and tournament directors make up the foursomes consisting of an A, B, C and D player based on current handicaps. Players are accepted in the order their RSVP's are received.
  Tournament information may be obtained by calling Susan Hamlin at 845-292-2420 or email at 

TVGC Cash 
Raffle Underway

  The annual Roscoe Twin Village Golf Club cash raffle  with a top prize of $1,000 is now underway.
  Tickets are $25 and only 150 tickets will be sold. .
  Second prize is $500 and the third prize is $250.
   The drawing will be held on Wednesday, September 28 at 7 p.m. at the Annual Meeting of Twin Village Golf Club shareholders.
  Need not  be present to win.
  Tickets are  available by calling Chuck Husson at 607-498-5557.

Ed's Outlook

  The Twin Village Golf Club Monday Night Men's league annual banquet was held August 29 at the Rockland House with league champions announced and special awards presented.
  League champions are the team of Kevin Green and Tyler "Rulebook" Schmidt. Second place resulted in a tie between Tim Clark and Lance Brookins and Frank McGreevy and Dan Baldo. Green and Schmidt won with a total of 228.50 points while the second place teams totaled 219.50. The three teams will receive embroidered shirts with the club logo and noted as league champions 2016.
  The third place team with 213 points was Ken Knudsen and Elton Harris.
  League president Chuck Husson announced that the league ended up the year with a financial surplus of $1,726 and the league approved a $1,000 donation to the golf club.
  Special awards made included most birdies and pars by Brian Thomas, Kevin Green for most individual points scored (105.50), and Kevin Green, Tyler Schmidt, Terry France and Dan Baldo for a scoring eagles.
  Twin Village board member Dan Baldo announced that head greens keeper Jim Rosiecki submitted his retirement this year and that the club would be looking for a replacement.
  Additional photos of league awards can be seen at


Golf Tip
By Robert Menges

  The Golf Grip
  One of the first things a golfer does is grip the golf club.
  Your grip should be in the fingers of both hands not the palms.
  Most of the grip pressure should be felt in the last three fingers of  your left hand (for right handed golfers). There is much less pressure in the right hand and there should be  no pressure at all in the thumb and forefingers of the right hand.
  Keep your overall grip pressure light and don't, as they say, squeeze the toothpaste out of the tube."
  Make sure your grip is strong enough, with both V's pointing over your right shoulder and remember that a strong left hand grip produces  solid shots.
  Additional help should include keeping hands close together and for low ball flight keep grip pressure firm throughout swing.
  Several additional tips with the grip include keeping the left grip firm and the right grip light to promote a fade.
  Robert Menges is the head golf professional at the Swan Lake Golf & Country Club on Mt. Hope Road in Swan Lake. He is available for private lessons and if you have a question or subject you would like covered, he can be reached at 845-292-0323 or via email at

Putting Tip
By Joe Bermel

  Push The Ball Forward
  Many players take the putter back too far and then decelerate through impact without even realizing it.
  Here is a drill to ensure you are accelerating through impact.
  Standing a few feet from the hole, set up to the ball as you would a regular putt.
  Instead of taking the putter back, limit your stroke to just the follow-through motion.
  You are basically just "pushing" or "rolling" the ball to the hole. This forces you to accelerate into your follow through.
  There are additional benefits to this drill as well. You will notice that the ball has more forward roll, which keeps it on line much better.
  This drill also encourages the left wrist to remain firm instead of breaking down.
  You will not only enjoy keeping the ball on line better, but improve distance control as well. 
  Joe Bermel is available for private lessons, group, corporate, organization and golf shows-tournaments. His two special edition DVD's "How To Putt Well" is available by calling 631-589-1384, at his web site or by email at

  Ed Townsend is a Public Relations Consultant to the sport of Golf and brings over 60-years of sports journalism experience in writing and compiling the information for this column. If you have league or tournament information, shoot a hold-in-one or even shoot your age, let Ed know at 845-439-8177, email at or fax at 845-205-4474. View this column and Ed's photos at We are also on Facebook and Twitter.                  
The famous "Hammer" trophy, kept on display in the pro-shop at the Sullivan County Golf & Country Club, will be awarded to a new foursome September 17.


Champions of the Monday Night Men's league at the Roscoe based Twin Village Golf Club are, from the left, first place Kevin Green and Tyler Schmidt, and tied for second place Lance Brookins (his partner Tim Clark was not available for this photo) and Frank McGreevy and Dan Baldo. 

     Additional Photos From Twin Village Monday Men's League Banquet