The Rumble Ponies began their new era in Binghamton with a bang last night, plating seven runs in the first four innings to defeat the Erie Seawolves 7-5 in their home opener at the newly-renovated NYSEG Stadium. Before the game, Owner John Hughes cut the ribbon to welcome fans to “Rumbletown” along with Binghamton Mayor Rich David and State Senator Fred Akshar. The Rumble Ponies will be home all weekend, including tonight at 7:05 against Erie. Also yesterday, the team announced a season-long “Strike Out Hunger” partnership with Tioga State Bank that will benefit the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse. Tioga State will donate $20 to CHOW each time a Binghamton pitcher strikes out a batter at home.
The Binghamton Rumble Ponies will host their home opener at the newly-renovated NYSEG Stadium tonight. Fans will see the fruits of the $2.5 million renovation project, which included a picnic deck, an expanded kids zone, and a new entrance to the stadium right off the parking lot. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35pm against the Erie Seawolves. while gates will open at 5:30pm. The first 1,000 fans will receive a commemorative baseball. Tickets are still available by calling 722-FUNN, or you can purchase them at the box office before the game.
The Binghamton Senators won 3-2 in a shootout over Rochester last night. The B-Sens will play their last game as a franchise on Saturday in the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena. The first 3,000 fans will receive a team photo and a commemorative poster. Fans can also sign up on the team’s website for a chance to win a game-worn jersey. The B-Sens will host Lehigh Valley at 7:05pm Saturday. The Senators have played in Binghamton since 2002.
In NASCAR, Jimmie Johnson won his seventh career race at Texas Motor Speedway yesterday. As heard on WEBO, the seven-time series champion started in the back of the field, but methodically worked his way to the front. Ryan Blaney won the first two stages of the race but couldn’t recover after getting out of pit sequence. Erik Jones dominated Saturday’s Xfinity Series race, leading 112 laps en route to victory. Both series are off this weekend to celebrate Easter.
In other sports, the Binghamton Rumble Ponies swept a doubleheader on Saturday, but lost yesterday 8-3 at New Hampshire. They start a series in Portland tonight. The Binghamton Senators beat Syracuse Friday, but lost to St. John’s Saturday. They have three games left this season, at Rochester Wednesday, at Syracuse Friday, and home Saturday.
Both NASCAR Series are in Texas for races this weekend at the newly-repaved Texas Motor Speedway. The track also reconfigured turns 1 and 2 to help drainage. Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers with six Cup Series victories in the Lone Star State. Kyle Busch won both the Xfinity and Monster Energy Cup races at the track last spring. Performance Racing Network coverage of the Xfinity Series race will begin at 1pm tomorrow on WEBO, while you can hear the Cup Series beginning at 12:30pm Sunday.
The Binghamton Rumble Ponies had their season opener rained out yesterday, but will try again tonight in New Hampshire. The Double-A affiliate of the New York Mets boasts 12 returning players from last year and is highlighted by five all-stars, a first-round draft pick, and a league batting champion. One Rumble Pony, reliever Cory Burns, has 27 games of major league experience. Binghamton’s all-time winningest pitcher, Tyler Pill, returns this year and will be joined in the starting rotation by P.J. Conlon, last year’s Minor League Pitcher of the Year for the Mets organization. The Irish-born lefty posted a 12-2 record with a 1.65 ERA over 24 games in Class A. For hitters, the Rumble Ponies return Matt Oberste, LJ Mazzilli, and Champ Stuart. Newcomer Patrick Biondi has stolen 105 bases in four professional seasons.
Despite two goals from Nick Paul, the Binghamton Senators fell 5-2 in Rochester last night. They will be home for two games this weekend.
Friday is Zoo Night with the Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park, and also Hall of Fame Night as the B-Sens host Syracuse. Former goalie and fan favorite Ray Emery will be inducted into the Binghamton Hockey Hall of Fame along with longtime assistant coach Steve Stirling and former front office executive Patrick Snyder.
Saturday is the annual Faceoff Against Cancer Night as the B-Sens host St. John’s. The puck drops at 7:05pm both nights. A food drive will be held at the Arena during the last three home games to benefit Catholic Charities.
The NASCAR Monster Energy Cup is in Martinsville, Virginia to race the STP 500 on Sunday. The race will be heard live on WEBO. Kyle Busch is the defending champion of the short track race, as he led all but 12 of the final 260 laps last year. This is week seven for the Cup Series, and there have been six different winners so far this season. Motor Racing Network coverage of Sunday’s race will begin at 1pm.