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.
In sports, the Binghamton Senators will host the Syracuse Crunch tonight at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena. The B-Sens have just four home games left in the season, and tickets are available for $10 each tonight through Warehouse Carpets. Ottawa’s first-round pick from 2015 will make his debut in Binghamton tonight. Forward Colin White had 16 goals and 17 assists for Boston College this season, and led the US to a gold medal at the World Junior Championships. Tonight’s game begins at 7:05.
The Binghamton Rumble Ponies have narrowed down the list of possible names for their new mascot to five. They are Bing, Buster, Ross, Rowdy, and Rumbleton. Fans can vote for their favorite on the Rumble Ponies website through Monday. The team says the finalists were selected out of more than 1,000 submissions. The winner will be unveiled at the Meet the Ponies Dinner at the Holiday Inn in Binghamton on April 4, a week from today. Tickets are available for the dinner and the season at the NYSEG Stadium box office.