The 2nd annual Rochester Hall of Fame Softball game was played on July 24th, and the fans at McAvoy Park were treated to a good, old-fashioned nail-biter, as the White team managed by Paul Krasnoff scored three runs in the bottom of the 12th to edge the Danny Guilfoyle-managed team, 11-10. With two outs Sammy Gallo, from the upcoming 2021 class, drove in the winning run.
Irondequoit Town Board member Kimie Romeo addressed the crowd before the game and Monroe County Legislature candidate Maria Vechio threw out the first pitch. Award winning author Scott Pitoniak and Skycoaster Mike Allen were the play by play announcers. Sam Kimble called balls and strikes, with Junior Twist umpiring the bases. Throw in a boisterous crowd, and it all added up to an incredible atmosphere to play a game. John Fitzgerald went 4-4, with Art Barrett, Dave Eike and Jim Billitier going 3-3 for the Burgundy team. Earl Blackmon was 3-3 for the White team and Kenny Snyder was the winning pitcher.
McAvoy has become the epicenter of senior softball in the area, with roughly 600 players competing in morning leagues on Monday through Friday, and two night leagues. The Hall of Fame game, along with the annual induction banquet, showcases the players, coaches, administrators, sponsors and umpires who have helped make the Rochester area a national softball hotbed.