In sports, this is championship weekend in New York State. In baseball, Seton and Vestal will play semifinal games Friday, with the Saints playing at 3pm at Binghamton University and the Golden Bears playing at 4pm at Union-Endicott. The winners will play for the state title at NYSEG Stadium Saturday. In softball, defending champions Binghamton, Maine-Endwell, and Deposit will all play for repeat titles Saturday in South Glens Falls. Semifinals are scheduled for the morning with championship games in the afternoon. The Vestal girls lacrosse team will play a semifinal Friday at SUNY Cortland. Finally, the state’s track and field championships will be held all day Friday and Saturday at Union-Endicott’s Ty Cobb Stadium. An $8 admission fee will be charged for each event.
The Binghamton Devils will drop the puck for their first-ever home game at 7:05pm on Saturday, Oct. 7 in the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena. The rest of this season’s schedule will be announced later this summer. The Devils are still selling full and half-season ticket memberships, and are also offering a “Devils Dozen” ticket package which includes tickets to their home opener. Visit www.binghamtondevils.com or call the front office at 607-722-7367 for more information.
Binghamton Rumble Ponies General Manager Jim Weed has stepped down from the organization to pursue another career opportunity in the area. Weed has worked for the Binghamton baseball organization for the last 21 years and has been the GM since 2010. Team President John Hughes thanked Weed for his work and announced that the GM position will remain vacant for the remainder of the season. Assistant General Manager John Bayne will oversee business operations while Sports Turf Manager Tyler Jennings will head up baseball operations. The Rumble Ponies are hosting “Sock Out Cancer” night at NYSEG Stadium tonight, and special rainbow socks are available for purchase in the team store to benefit the organization that helps cancer patients pay for basic needs like bills and groceries.
In NASCAR, Jimmie Johnson conquered the “Monster Mile” at Dover Sunday to win the Cup Series race heard live on WEBO. It was the 83rd career victory for Johnson, which ties him with his childhood hero Cale Yarborough for sixth place on NASCAR’s all-time list. Johnson took the lead on the day’s final restart and held off Kyle Larson for the win. The race ended under caution after a nine-car wreck on the backstretch during the final lap. Larson won Saturday’s Xfinity race. Both series will race in Pocono next weekend.
In local sports, two baseball and softball teams are heading to the state semifinals. In baseball, Vestal and Seton both won on Saturday to advance to the state’s final weekend, while the softball teams of Binghamton and Maine-Endwell also advanced to the final four. The Patriots and Spartans both won state championships last year and will try to repeat this year in South Glens Falls. The baseball championships are in the Southern Tier, so Seton will play at Binghamton University Friday while Vestal will play at Union-Endicott. The winners will play Saturday at NYSEG Stadium. Both of Vestal’s lacrosse teams are also in the state semifinals. The boys play Wednesday while the girls will play Friday.
In NASCAR, the next stop is Dover International Speedway for both the Xfinity and Monster Energy Cup Series. Tomorrow is the final round of this year’s “Dash-4-Cash” promotion for Xfinity Series drivers, who have the chance to race for a $100,000 bonus. The Monster Energy Cup will begin the second half of the regular season Sunday in Delaware’s capital city with several drivers including Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, and Denny Hamlin still looking for their first victory. Both races will be heard live on WEBO, with coverage starting at 12:30pm tomorrow for the Xfinity Series and 12pm Sunday for the Cup Series.
The Binghamton Rumble Ponies will team up with local businesses and hospitals to “Sock Out Cancer” during Tuesday’s game against the Richmond Flying Squirrels. For $17, fans can purchase a ticket to the game and receive a pair of “Sock Out Cancer” socks for their donation to the program. It was created to ease the financial burden on families dealing with cancer by assisting with ordinary living expenses like rent, mortgage, utilities, and groceries. The Rumble Ponies are home this weekend, beginning with a 7:05pm game tonight against Portland. Tickets for all games can be purchased online at www.bingrp.com or by calling 722-FUNN.
Two Bradford County high school baseball teams won District 4 Championships yesterday at Penn State. In Class AAAA, Athens pitcher Cody Jennings allowed five hits over seven innings as the Wildcats edged Mifflingburg 3-2 to win their first District 4 title in 20 years. In Class A, Sayre junior Jordan Rockwell gave up only two hits as the Redskins dominated Cowanesque Valley to win 10-0 for their first District title since 2010.
In boys lacrosse, Vestal was the only local team to win in the quarterfinals yesterday, as the Golden Bears defeated East Syracuse Minoa 13-9.