Friday, July 23, 2021

Buffalo uses seven-run eighth inning to top Syracuse, 10-4, on Thursday night Trenton, NJ - The Buffalo Bisons used a seven-run eighth inning to pull away from the Syracuse Mets and win, 10-4, in Trenton, NJ on Thursday night. Syracuse led, 4-3, going to the eighth before the Buffalo rally. Buffalo (41-25) used their hottest bat to get on the board. In the bottom of the first inning, Tyler White hit a solo home run to give the Bisons a 1-0 lead. The homer was White’s fourth home run in his last five games. The Bisons added another run in the third. Logan Warmoth hit a one-out single, and then Kevin Smith drew a walk. After White flew out, Christian Colón reached on an error by the third baseman Orlando Calixte, allowing Warmoth to score as the Bisons took a 2-0 lead. In the bottom of the fourth, Buffalo’s Riley Adams led off with a double and moved to third on a Richard Ureña groundout. Dilson Herrera followed with a single that scored Adams to increase the Bisons lead to 3-0. Syracuse (23-45) put together a big top of the fifth inning. Wilfredo Tovar hit a leadoff double, and Calixte followed with a single, advancing Tovar to third. With Martin Cervenka batting, Calixte stole second base. Later in his at-bat, Cervenka produced a sacrifice fly to score Tovar and make it 3-1 with Buffalo still in front. With Calixte still at second, Drew Jackson walked. After Albert Almora Jr, struck out, Calixte stole third and Jackson stole second. Cesár Puello then hit a one-run single to score Calixte to make it a one-run contest, 3-2. With two runners on and two-outs, Brandon Drury delivered with a two-run double to give Syracuse a 4-3 lead. Syracuse starting pitcher Akeem Bostick went five innings, allowing three runs, two of them earned, seven hits, with one walk and four strikeouts. Trey Cobb came out of the bullpen to pitch the sixth inning for the Mets. The Bisons loaded the bases with two-outs, but Cobb struck out Warmoth for the third out. Buffalo manager Casey Candaele was ejected by home plate umpire Dan Merzel while arguing the strike three call. However, in the bottom of the eighth, Buffalo took back the lead with a huge frame. Cullen Large led off with a single, and Riley Adams followed with a go-ahead, two-run home run to give Buffalo a 5-4 advantage. Ureña followed with a single, and then Herrera was hit by a pitch. Nash Knight then flew out for the first out, and then Warmoth walked. After Smith was walked, White connected on a two-run single to extend the Buffalo lead to three runs, 7-4. With Colón at the plate, White stole second base. Colón then proceeded to hit a two-run single to give Buffalo a 9-4 lead. After Large singled, Adams followed with a one-run single to score Colón and cap off the seven-run inning for a 10-4 Bisons advantage. Syracuse and Buffalo return to Trenton Thunder Ballpark on Friday for a 7:00 p.m. first pitch. Left-hander Josh Walker will make his first appearance for Syracuse in game four of the series. --

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Ponies Walk It Off To Win Pitcher’s Duel BINGHAMTON, NY – The Binghamton Rumble Ponies (25-40) walked it off on back to back hit-by-pitches in a 3-2 win in 10 innings over the Erie Seawolves (38-30) on Wednesday night at Mirabito Stadium. Ponies starter Jose Butto earned a no-decision during his Rumble Ponies debut going six innings allowing only two runs while striking out eight, outdueling Erie’s starter RHP Jesus Rodriguez who also earned a no-decision going six innings allowing one run while striking out four. The Seawolves took the lead in the third inning on a solo home-run from Dylan Rosa before the Ponies responded with a solo shot from Manny Rodriguez to tie the game in the home half of the third. In the sixth, the Seawolves would get a leadoff walk who would come around to score on a RBI single from Andre Lipcius. The Ponies would even the game up in the seventh inning using an RBI single from Carlos Cortes to score Matt Winaker. Binghamton RHP Yeizo Campos would keep the game tied with three scoreless innings and five strikeouts to send the game into extra innings. In the tenth inning, Ponies RHP Jared Robinson worked around the leadoff runner on second and a hit-by-pitch to keep the game tied 2-2. The Ponies would use a Wagner Lagrange single and a Hayden Senger hit-by-pitch to load the bases before Luis Carpio was hit by a pitch to drive in the winning run. The Rumble Ponies will continue their homestand as they face the Seawolves Thursday night with first pitch at 6:35 PM ET. POSTGAME NOTES: The Rumble Ponies are now 5-5 in extra inning games and 4-3 in walk-offs this season. Binghamton improved to 2-6 against Erie this season. ##RUMBLE PONIES##

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Carrasco makes rehab start with Syracuse, but Bisons beat Mets 14-1 in series opener Trenton, NJ - Carlos Carrasco made his first Major League rehab start with Syracuse on Tuesday night as the Syracuse Mets fell in the series opener to the Buffalo Bisons, 14-1, at Trenton Thunder Ballpark. Carrasco pitched one and two-thirds innings, allowing five runs, all via home runs, while walking three and striking out one. Buffalo (39-25) struck first with a Kevin Smith solo home run off Carrasco in the bottom of the first inning to give the Bisons the early 1-0 lead. Buffalo kept up the home run balls in the second. After Tyler White and Riley Adams walked to lead off the inning, Cullen Large hit a three-run home run to extend the Bisons lead to 4-0. Richard Ureña then stepped in and made it back-to-back home runs with a solo shot to make it 5-0. In the bottom of the fourth, Ureña and Dilson Herrera led off with walks. After Logan Warmoth and Kevin Smith were retired, Christian Colón walked to load the bases. Alejandro Kirk followed with a two-run single to increase the Buffalo lead to 7-0. In the bottom of the sixth, Warmoth led off with a walk. After Smith flew out and Colón struck out, Kirk singled, advancing Warmoth to second. White then stepped in and hit his third home run in as many games, a three-run shot to give Buffalo a 10-0 lead. Syracuse (23-43) finally picked up their first hit and first run in the top of the seventh. Buffalo starter Bowden Francis took a no-hit bid into the inning, but Albert Almora Jr. broke it up with a solo home run to lead off the frame. Francis completed the inning, not allowing another hit, and finished his night with seven innings pitched, allowing one run on one hit, two walks, and seven strikeouts. Buffalo added to their big lead into the bottom of the eighth. Syracuse infielder Drew Jackson came in to pitch and allowed a leadoff single to Smith and then a walk to Colón. Kirk followed and hit a three-run homer to make it a 13-1 Bisons advantage, giving Kirk five RBIs on the evening. Buffalo would add one last run with an Ureña sacrifice fly that scored Adams later in the inning to make it a 14-1 game. The Mets and Bisons return to Trenton Thunder Ballpark on Wednesday for a 7:00 p.m. first pitch where Vance Worley will take the ball for Syracuse in game two of the series.
Seawolves Early Offense Enough to Hold off Ponies Rally BINGHAMTON, NY – The Binghamton Rumble Ponies (24-40) fell to the Erie Seawolves 12-7 in the series opener Tuesday night at Mirabito Stadium. Erie (38-29) raced out to a 12-0 lead highlighted by an eight-run third inning and was able to hold off the Ponies rally in the later frames. The Seawolves were propelled by five home runs including a first inning homer from Spencer Torkelson. In the third, Erie hit two three-run homers courtesy of Ryan Kriedler and Drew Ward along with a solo homer from Josh Lester. Kerry Carpenter hit Erie’s third three-run home run of the night in the fourth inning. The Ponies bullpen though would not allow a hit over the last five innings. Binghamton got their first hit off Erie starter Elvin Rodriguez on a solo homer from Wagner Lagrange in the fifth. Carlos Cortes would hit a three-run homer as part of a five-run sixth that brought the Ponies to within six. Manny Rodriguez drove in a run in the eighth to make it 12-7. Ponies starter Luc Rennie (1-6) took the loss as he was charged with seven runs over two and two thirds innings. Rodriguez (3-2) earned the win allowing five runs over five and a third frames with one walk and six strikeouts. The two teams continue their series on Wednesday night with first pitch at 6:35 PM as RHP Jose Butto makes the start for the Ponies in his Double-A debut. POSTGAME NOTES: The two teams combined for seven home runs…Lagrange, Matt Winaker, and Rodriguez had multi-hit games…Tommy Wilson, Andrew Edwards, and Tom Hackimer combined for five scoreless and hitless innings of relief.
HISTORIC 2021 USBC OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS CONCLUDES IN LAS VEGAS LAS VEGAS - The 2021 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships will be remembered for a lot of things, including its historical significance and noteworthy performances. The tournament was back in action after a pandemic-forced one-year hiatus, welcoming approximately 38,000 bowlers on more than 7,600 five-player teams to South Point for 79 days of competition from May 1-July 18. Redemption was a prevailing theme, both for the event itself and for some of the newest champions, and one of the sport's breakout stars turned in a near-record performance on the final day of competition. The 2021 edition was the 117th running of the USBC Open Championships and marked the first time in history competition was split across two venues. All team bowling was held at the 60-lane South Point Bowling Plaza, while the doubles and singles action took place at the 64-lane South Point Bowling Center. All scores from the 2021 Open Championships are unofficial and pending verification. Among this year's 32 expected champions is the red-hot Chris Via of Blacklick, Ohio, who bowled on the last team squad of the year July 17 and the final doubles and singles squad July 18. The 29-year-old two-hander became the third competitor in tournament history to surpass the 2,300 mark in all-events, and he missed the all-time mark by just 23 pins. Via, who won the 2021 U.S. Open in April, kicked off his seventh Open Championships appearance with an 825 series in team. It was the first 800 in team competition this year and the second 800 overall. He added 710 in doubles and 768 in singles for a 2,303 total. Sean Rash of Montgomery, Illinois, previously held the lead in Regular All-Events this year with 2,264. The first to break 2,300 was 2009 Regular All-Events winner Ron Vokes of Racine, Wisconsin, who shot 2,321. A year later, left-hander Matt McNiel of Minneapolis claimed the first of his four Eagles with a 2,326 performance. "This is a really, really hard tournament to win, especially when the scores are a little higher and there's a lot of strikes being thrown," said Via, a past Team USA member and two-time world champion who recently rolled two televised perfect games in Professional Bowlers Association Tour competition. "I did everything I could to stay focused and calm. I was fortunate to have a great look on both oil patterns and managed to take advantage of it. I'm incredibly proud and grateful for this experience and success." In the team event, three bowlers who saw the winner's circle within reach in 2019 got redemption in the same venue where their Eagle hopes fell short. The cancellation of the 2020 Open Championships due to COVID-19 may have given North Carolina's Chris Hans, Brian Locke and Kyle Troup an extra year to ponder the what-ifs surrounding their sixth-place team finish in 2019, but they were able to turn their disappointment into motivation. In that performance, Hans didn't deliver what he felt the team deserved, so he worked hard to make sure that didn't happen in 2021. Their return to the South Point Bowling Plaza on July 2 turned out much better, as the trio helped Before the 1st Frame 1 of Battleboro, North Carolina, to a 3,400 total and the Regular Team title on games of 1,063, 1,155 and 1,182. Troup, an eight-time PBA Tour champion and a member of Team USA, led the 2021 surge with a 757 series and was followed by Dylan Macon (697), Hans (676), Locke (652) and Dennis Killough (618). "I was eating dinner when I got the call that we'd held on, and I did all I could not to start crying in the restaurant," said Hans, a 47-year-old right-hander and 20-time Open Championships participant. "I trust the guys so much, and I know they trust me, even though I let them down a couple years ago. To have to wait two years for a chance to redeem myself was tough, but to have it all fall into place the way it did and end this way is amazing." The Regular Doubles title this year will go to a pair of repeat winners, Chris Pierson of West Bend, Wisconsin, and David Labinski of Milwaukee, whose first victory together at the Open Championships came in Team All-Events in 2018. Both Open Championships veterans closed with three clutch strikes June 7 to steal the top spot by just four pins with a 1,466 total. Pierson, a 32-year-old right-hander making his 11th tournament appearance, led the way with games of 269, 232 and 246 for a 747 series. Labinski, a 33-year-old right-hander competing for the 15th time, started slowly with a 204 game, but he followed it with 246 and 269 for a 719 total. "We just went out there thinking it was another day of bowling and an opportunity to do what we know we can do, but for both of us to strike out the way we did to take the lead by just a few pins is something I'll always remember," said Pierson, a past member of Junior Team USA. "We kept a close eye on the scores, especially later in the tournament, and there definitely were some close calls. It's kind of hard to explain what it means to be an Eagle winner. The event has been a big part of my family's life, and it's pretty emotional, actually." Labinski echoed his partner's thoughts. "To get the phone call is something special, and it feels awesome after the long wait," Labinski said. "I was the one watching the scoreboards every night, and Chris just went with the flow. To be able to win again, and do it together, makes it even more special." The two bowlers Pierson and Labinski passed to get to the top spot were Kevin Bienko of Kenmore, New York, and Chad Mee of Hamburg, New York, but the two young standouts from the Empire State didn't go home empty-handed. Bienko (2,226) and Mee (2,042) teamed with their BowlU teammates Andrew Herbert (2,086), Ryan Reese (1,929) and Joseph DiNardo (1,675) to claim the 2021 Team All-Events title with a 9,958 total. Reese's performance included one of the 20 perfect games rolled at this year's Open Championships. "It's amazing, honestly," said Bienko, a 25-year-old right-hander and five-time tournament participant who finished third in Regular All-Events. "For my teammates and I, we don't bowl a lot of stuff nationally, and like everyone, we have the goal of winning an Eagle when we head out there. To win one is a dream come true. It's definitely surreal, and I don't think it has sunk in yet. Far and away, it's the No. 1 bowling accomplishment we've had." The 2021 Regular Singles front-runner, Andrew Anderson of Holly, Michigan, had the longest wait of all the Regular Division leaders. The 26-year-old right-hander and seven-time Open Championships participant filled his final frame May 25 to lock up the first 800 series of the tournament, and then the long wait began to see if his 802 series was enough for his second win on the tournament lanes. He had games of 269, 277 and 256. Anderson's first victory didn't come at the Open Championships, though. It was at the 2018 USBC Masters, which shared the Open Championships stage that year for the first time since 2011. Between wins, Anderson still managed to find the spotlight at The Big Show, rolling a perfect game in singles at the 2019 Open Championships. He's now one of 37 bowlers in tournament history with a 300 game and 800 series on the championship lanes. "I watched Kurt Pilon and Ronnie Sparks go through this process in the last few years, waiting and watching to see if they were going to win Eagles, but when you're looking at the scores for yourself, and you're wondering if the guy's ever going to miss, it's pretty stressful," said Anderson, who also left Las Vegas with the lead in Regular All-Events (2,203) but finished in fourth place. "There's so many times in the last couple months I wondered if that hit in the last frame would be the reason I didn't win an Eagle, and thankfully, that wasn't the case." In the Standard Division, which debuted at the South Point Bowling Plaza in 2017, it was a year for record performances, as new marks were reached in a handful of categories. Proformance Team 2 of Clermont, Florida, moved into the lead in Standard Team on July 6 with a performance that included games of 950 and 1,026, before a then-record 1,110 finale helped the team to the highest total in four years of Standard competition (3,086). The effort was led by Billy Standridge, who finished with a 713 series on the strength of a 278 final game. He was joined by Charles Piker (687), Duane Podgorski (618), Sal Trevino (569) and Deanne Walsh (499). The Standard Doubles standings are topped by William Matovina of Clearwater, Florida, and Christopher Davis of Winter Haven, Florida, with a 1,266 total. Matovina, 46, led the effort June 6 with a 635 series, while Davis, also 46, added a 631 set. Mark Wojtusiak, a 55-year-old right-hander from Chandler, Arizona, set the pace in Standard Singles with a 711 series June 15. He rolled games of 219, 216 and 276 for the best singles series of his 17 years at the Open Championships. Charles Adler of Madison, Indiana, a 57-year-old right-hander, got out to a fast start and led the Standard All-Events race with sets of 729 in team, 678 in doubles and 628 in singles for a 2,035 total. It was the best of his five Open Championships appearances by nearly 300 pins. The Standard Division includes bowlers with entering tournament averages of 156-175, doubles pairs with combined entering averages of 311-350 and teams with combined averages of 776-875. The top spot in Classified Team was claimed May 15, as Denver's Mile Hy Rollers, which used a clean final frame, including three strikes from anchor John Martinac, to sneak to the top of the standings with a 2,702 total. The experienced group put together games of 900, 884 and 918, led by Brian Stwalley with a 578 series. He was followed by Norman Roderick (544), Albert Flis (538), Kevin Fullmer (525) and Martinac (517). In Classified Doubles, the husband-and-wife duo of Thomas and Sonia Holguin of Northlake, Texas, posted a 1,211 total June 2 at the South Point Bowling Center and dedicated their performance to Thomas' mother, who died in August 2020 due to complications from COVID-19. Their inspired performance included a 667 series from Thomas, the best set of his six appearances at the Open Championships, while Sonia added a 544 set. Barry Mortimeyer of Roseville, California, made his run up the Classified Singles standings May 10, just a few days into the event. The 69-year-old right-hander rolled games of 213, 231 and 230 to claim the lead with a 674 total. Michael Martinez of Cicero, Illinois, had a much shorter wait, and the 1,800 total he posted June 23 never was beaten. The 32-year-old right hander posted sets of 646 in team, 610 in singles and 544 in doubles, and a late-falling 9 pin on his final shot netted him the first 1,800 total in the Classified Division since 2014. The Classified Division includes bowlers with entering tournament averages of 155 and below, doubles pairs with combined entering averages of 310 and below and teams with combined averages of 775 or below. During the run of the 2021 Open Championships, there were 20 perfect games, 12 299s and five 298s, while 25 additional bowlers rolled 11 consecutive strikes. Additional highlights included 22 bowlers entering the event's 50-Year Club and two new members of the 60-Year Club, while USBC Hall of Famer Bob Hart Sr. of Suwanee, Georgia, became the 15th bowler in history to compete 65 times. Just a few days before Hart's milestone appearance, Jamie Brooks of McKinney, became the 24th member of the 100,000-Pin Club. In 2022, the Open Championships will return to South Point, and all competition again will be held at the South Point Bowling Plaza. It will be the tournament's sixth trip to Las Vegas and fourth visit to South Point. It will be the third time in history the event has been held in the same host city in back-to-back years. For more information on the Open Championships, visit Visit us on Facebook at the official USBC Open Championships Facebook page. United States Bowling Congress The United States Bowling Congress serves as the national governing body of bowling as recognized by the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC). USBC conducts championship events nationwide including the largest participation sporting events in the world - the USBC Open and Women's Championships - and professional events such as the USBC Masters and USBC Queens. Founded in 1895, today USBC and its 1,524 state and local associations proudly serve more than a million members. USBC is headquartered in Arlington, Texas, working toward a future for the sport. The online home for USBC is 2021 USBC OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS South Point Bowling Plaza and South Point Bowling Center Las Vegas (Division leaders with hometown and pinfall) As of July 19, 2021 NOTE: All standings are unofficial and pending final verification. REGULAR DIVISION Team (Combined averages of 876 and above) 1, Before the 1st Frame 1 (Chris Hans, Brian Locke, Dylan Macon, Dennis Killough, Kyle Troup), Battleboro, N.C., 3,400. 2, Bowlers Headquarters, Muskego, Wis., 3,368. 3, The Bowlers Shoppe 1, St. Louis, 3,352. 4, Bowlers Connection 1, Carpentersville, Ill., 3,348. 5, Ansara Restaurant Group 4, Clinton Township, Mich., 3,343. 6, K and J Finishing 1, Carpentersville, Ill., 3,321. 7, Nestle Crunch Bar, Las Vegas, 3,316. 8, They Say We're Built Different, Sanford, Mich., 3,301. 9, Turbo Grips 2, Chesterfield Township, Mich., 3,292. 10, Nicholas J's Pro Shop 2, La Crosse, Wis., 3,287. Doubles (Combined averages of 351 and above) 1, Chris Pierson, West Bend, Wis./David Labinski, Milwaukee, 1,466. 2, Kevin Bienko, Kenmore, N.Y./Chad Mee, Hamburg, N.Y., 1,462. 3, Perry Crowell IV, Hoquiam, Wash./Jeffrey Mastny, Arlington, Neb., 1,453. 4, Gregory Young, Rockledge, Fla./Aaron Ruiz, Nashville, Tenn., 1,447. 5, Chad Svendsen, Monroe, Wis./Jonathan Schalow, Beloit, Wis., 1,436. 6, Brian Burkhardt, St. Louis/Rick Gatlin, Eureka, Mo., 1,431. 7, Alex Aguiar, Dartmouth, Mass./Michael Fagan, Minneapolis, 1,430. 8, Andrew Cain, Phoenix/Daniel Bock, Albert Lea, Minn., 1,426. 9, Mark Heninger, Lee's Summit, Mo./Jeff Campbell II, Amarillo, Texas, 1,419. 10, Christopher Wiley, Freeport, Ill./Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 1,417. Singles (Averages of 176 and above) 1, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 802. 2, Rick Schafer, Arvada, Colo., 799. 3, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 793. 4, David Reaume, St. Clair Shores, Mich., 791. 5, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 786. 6, Aaron Lorincz, Center Line, Mich., 785. 7, Robert Harmon, Jackson, Calif., 784. 8, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 780. 9, Ronnie Sparks Jr., Redford, Mich., 779. 10, Justin Zwaschka, Kechi, Kan., 777. All-Events (Averages of 176 and above) 1, Chris Via, Blacklick, Ohio, 2,303. 2, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,264. 3, Kevin Bienko, Kenmore, N.Y., 2,226. 4, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 2,203. 5, Michael Martell, Brooklyn, N.Y., 2,194. 6, Marvin Hale, Newbury Park, Calif., 2,181. 7, E.J. Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 2,179. 8, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 2,168. 9, Perry Crowell IV, Hoquiam, Wash., 2,166. 10, Todd Fenske, Wausau, Wis., 2,161. Team All-Events (Combined all-events totals of all five team members) 1, Bowl U (Andrew Herbert, Joseph DiNardo, Ryan Reese, Kevin Bienko, Chad Mee), Kenmore, N.Y., 9,958. 2, K and J Finishing 1, Carpentersville, Ill., 9,927. 3, Crawford's Pro Shop, Redding, Calif., 9,897. 4, Bowlers Headquarters, Muskego, Wis., 9,887. 5, Care Bears, Melissa, Texas, 9,882. 6, They Say We're Built Different, Sanford, Mich., 9,834. 7, Striking Edge Pro Shop, Wausau, Wis., 9,831. 8, Mento Produce, Syracuse, N.Y., 9,802. 9, Bowers Bowling Tour Remix, Bel Aire, Kan., 9,775. 10, Nestle Crunch Bar, Las Vegas, 9,772. STANDARD DIVISION Team (Combined averages of 776-875) 1, Proformance Team 2 (Deanne Walsh, Sal Trevino, Billy Standridge, Duane Podgorski, Charles Piker), Clermont, Fla., 3,086. 2(tie), Steve Calyore Team 2, Naples, Fla. and Him Bowling Events 7, Chula Vista, Calif., 2,994. 4, Tug N Tap 2, Lorain, Ohio, 2,957. 5, RXRET AZ, Tucson, Ariz., 2,927. 6, Maximum Effort, Clarksville, Tenn., 2,915. 7, Seven Pin Pro Shop 3, Omaha, Neb., 2,904. 8, Plaza Lanes, St. Charles, Mo., 2,900. 9, North End Pub, Crawfordsville, Ind., 2,878. 10, Fanatics 2, Sarasota, Fla., 2,876. Doubles (Combined averages of 311-350) 1, William Matovina, Clearwater, Fla./Christopher Davis, Winter Haven, Fla., 1,266. 2, Scott Floyd Jr./Rick Carrigan Sr., Evanston, Wyo., 1,261. 3, Joseph Didion Sr., Greenwood, Ind./Brandon Didion, Indianapolis, 1,257. 4, Richard Mills, Palatine, Ill./Glenn Mills, Hoffman Estates, Ill., 1,240. 5, Richard La Crue, Morrison, Colo./Ernie Lloyd, Centennial, Colo., 1,229. 6, Richard Geiersbach/Bill Fish, Schaumburg, Ill., 1,227. 7(tie), Pare DeBoe, Huber Heights, Ohio/Tim Brown, New Carlisle, Ohio, Todd Montgomery, Woodland, Calif./Tina Bennett, Dunnigan, Calif., and Jeffrey Janssen, Duncan, Okla./Robert Dunaway, Decatur, Texas, 1,226. 10, Greg Clark/Samuel Clark, Maryville, Ill., 1,223. Singles (Averages of 156-175) 1, Mark Wojtusiak, Chandler, Ariz., 711. 2, Chris Lytle, Kearney, Neb., 706. 3, Travis Hicks, Riverside, Calif., 703. 4, Tutor Caldwell, Stockton, Mo., 696. 5, Erich Synstegard, Cottage Grove, Minn., 693. 6(tie), Adam Whitesel, Lewiston, Pa., and Bob Evans, Olmsted Falls, Ohio, 692. 8(tie), Ryan O'Leary, St. Paul, Minn., and Justin Alves, Springfield, Mass., 690. 10, Kurt Brockman, Penn Yan, N.Y., 688. All-Events (Averages of 156-175) 1, Charles Adler, Madison, Ind., 2,035. 2, Michael Hamilton, Davenport, Iowa, 1,942. 3, Tim Pounds, Shawnee, Kan., 1,924. 4, Chris Rodriguez, Kansas City, Kan., 1,922. 5, Erich Synstegard, Cottage Grove, Minn., 1,910. 6, Kerry Krizan, Fort Myers, Fla., 1,904. 7, Brent Oestreich, Conroe, Texas, 1,894. 8, Phillip Butzky, Michigan City, Ind., 1,884. 9, Rachel Schalow, Greenfield, Wis., 1,877. 10, Brian Trubiro, Las Vegas, 1,876. CLASSIFIED DIVISION Team (Combined averages of 775 and below) 1, Mile Hy Rollers (Albert Flis, Kevin Fullmer, Brian Stwalley, Norman Roderick, John Martinac), Denver, 2,702. 2, Bowling Friends, Ventura, Calif., 2,683. 3, Stars & Strikes 23, Conifer, Colo., 2,631. 4, High Five, Fort Lupton, Colo., 2,624. 5, The Rookies, Ogden, Utah, 2,593. 6, Depot, Alexandria, Minn., 2,589. 7, Zodiac Force Strikers, Sumter, S.C., 2,588. 8, Fred Hadd Team 1, Rapid City, S.D., 2,578. 9, Kulshan Brewery, Bellingham, Wash., 2,576. 10, Last Place, Idaho Falls, Idaho, 2,574. Doubles (Combined averages of 310 and below) 1, Sonia Holguin/Thomas Holguin, Northlake, Texas, 1,211. 2, Ron Terry/Dustin Terry, Nevada, Mo., 1,160. 3, Daniel Thoele, Arlington, Minn./James Lang, Courtland, Minn., 1,145. 4, Sandra Pizzini/Jean Maxwell, Boerne, Texas, 1,131. 5, Johnny Anderson/Blaine Pierce, Richfield, Utah, 1,125. 6, Jeffery Holland, Hanford, Calif./Adam Hunter, Fresno, Calif., 1,110. 7, David Lane/Kelli Lane, Sparta, Mich., 1,109. 8, Lauren Hull/Jeffrey Hull, Akron, Ohio, 1,104. 9(tie), Kent Traphagen, Laughlin, Nev./Tom Boronkas, Bullhead City, Ariz., and Glenda Andrews/Erik Hamilton, Chicago, 1,100. Singles (Averages of 155 and below) 1, Barry Mortimeyer, Roseville, Calif., 674. 2, Ryan Goeringer, Highland, Utah, 636. 3, Howard Sharp, Maytown, Pa., 635. 4, Ron Hawkins, Washougal, Wash., 619. 5, Tim Pierzchalski, Burlington, Conn., 615. 6, Isaac Ortolani, Clinton, Utah, 613. 7, Michael Martinez, Cicero, Ill., 610. 8(tie), David Niles, Florence, Ariz., and Matthew Larson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 607. 10, Elodous Chan, Diamond Bar, Calif., 606. All-Events (Averages of 155 and below) 1, Michael Martinez, Cicero, Ill., 1,800. 2, Austin Eastman, Sioux Falls, S.D., 1,758. 3, Bryce Libtow, Waterford, Mich., 1,735. 4, Clifton Grant, Jackson, Miss., 1,730. 5, Lindsey Anderson, Mabank, Texas, 1,721. 6, Robert Pentheny, Conyers, Ga., 1,720. 7, Ardie Moreland, Vallejo, Calif., 1,716. 8, Dennis Albani, El Mirage, Ariz., 1,710. 9, Chris Turner, Ottawa, Kan., 1,701. 10, Tim Pierzchalski, Burlington, Conn., 1,700.
2021 PBA Summer Tour Begins Saturday with PBA Lubbock Sports Open First of five PBA Summer Tour titles to be awarded Sunday Lubbock, Texas—After a one-year hiatus, the PBA Summer Tour returns with five PBA Tour titles to be decided between now and the end of August. The PBA Lubbock Sports Open begins Saturday and concludes with the four-player stepladder finals Sunday at 5 p.m. ET. Every round of competition will be streamed live on FloBowling. Here are some of the top storylines heading into the 2021 PBA Lubbock Sports Open: Two Defending Champions? The last time the PBA Lubbock Sports Open was held was in January 2019, with Dick Allen defeating Sean Rash in the championship match. The last time a PBA Tour title was decided in South Plains Lanes was in June 2019, with Jakob Butturff defeating Stu Williams to win the Lubbock Sports Shootout as part of the PBA Summer Tour. For the sake of clarity, although both Allen and Butturff have a claim, Allen will officially enter as the defending champion. Butturff’s Success in Lubbock Butturff has bowled in four of the five Summer Tour events at South Plains Lanes and has never finished lower than third. He won in his first appearance in 2016, finished third in 2017, second in 2018 and won again in 2019. First-Time Champions The first time South Plains Lanes hosted a national title event in 2015, EJ Tackett earned his first career PBA Tour title. Likewise, Butturff’s win in 2016 was his first title. To date, Tackett and Butturff have combined to win 20 times (13 for Tackett and seven for Butturff), including three majors (two for Tackett and one for Butturff). Coincidence or not, any player who has not yet won a PBA Tour title might be extra motivated to make this event his first. Can Barnes Sweep Lubbock? PBA Hall of Famer Chris Barnes won his first career PBA50 title in the PBA50 Cup held June 30 in South Plains Lanes. Barnes, who won the PBA Lubbock Sports Open in 2018 as his 19th and most recent PBA Tour title, will be looking to repeat his success from three weeks ago to win for the 20th time on the PBA Tour. Troup Closing in on a Half Million Dollars So far this season, Kyle Troup has earned a single-season PBA record $489,200. If he can earn an additional $10,800 over the course of five PBA Summer Tour events, he’ll become the first player in PBA history to earn a half million dollars in a single season. A win in Lubbock would put him over the top. PBA Lubbock Sports Open Live Streaming Schedule South Plains Lanes – Lubbock, Texas Saturday, July 24 9:30 a.m. ET – Qualifying (A Squad) 4:30 p.m. ET – Qualifying (B Squad) Sunday, July 25 9:30 a.m. ET – Cashers Qualifying 1:15 p.m. ET – Match Play 5 p.m. ET – Stepladder Finals All rounds will be streamed live on FloBowling. To subscribe, visit PBA Lubbock Sports Open Winners Since 2015 2015 – EJ Tackett 2016 – Jakob Butturff 2017 – Marshall Kent 2018 – Chris Barnes 2019 (Lubbock Sports Open) – Dick Allen 2019 (Lubbock Sports Shootout) – Jakob Butturff 2020 – not held About the PBA The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated to the sport of bowling and its professional competition, with thousands of members and millions of fans throughout the world. The PBA plays host to bowling’s biggest tournaments from the PBA Tour, PBA Regional Tour, and PBA50 Tour. In 2020, the PBA launched PBA Jr., a club for elite youth bowlers under the age of 17 and the PBA Pinsiders, a membership for fans of the sport. For more information, please visit
THE WONDERLAND OF LIGHTS™ COMES TO DUTCHESS COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS IN RHINEBECK FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER RHINEBECK, NY (Tuesday, July 20, 2021) -- The Wonderland of Lights™ is excited to announce, for the first time ever, this family-friendly holiday drive-thru experience is coming to the Dutchess County Fairgrounds, 6636 U.S. 9, Rhinebeck, NY 12572. The Wonderland of Lights has been a part of thousands of families’ holiday tradition across the country for over two decades. Now Rhinebeck and surrounding communities will have a chance to start a new tradition November 25 through December 26, 2021! A picture containing text Description automatically generated Residents will enjoy a plethora of festive pageantry as they journey through more than a mile of spectacular lights and holiday wonder. From tunnel displays to towering structures and whimsical designs, The Wonderland of Lights will create a memorable experience for the entire family. Andrew K. Imperati, CEO/Fair Manager at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds commented, “We are thrilled to be hosting The Wonderland of Lights this coming Holiday Season. It will be another family friendly attraction added to our event schedule here at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds.” In recognition of the Rhinebeck debut, The Wonderland of Lights will offer a Christmas in July special of 40% off the regular ticket price of $25 July 25 – July 31, only. Visit for details or to purchase tickets. Introductory Video: