Fundraiser for military veterans is right around the corner, plus updates on Victor golfers at international tournament and local baseball players in the pros
We’re less than a month away from the return of Shootout for Soldiers, the 24-hour lacrosse event at Canandaigua Academy that benefits U.S. military veterans.
So we’ll get the point: If you haven’t registered your team, or registered with a team, the time to register is now. Even if you don’t finish reading this sentence.
But if you did finish, and are still with it, you’re about to find out what’s going to make this year’s event even bigger and better than last year’s inaugural outing.
Of course, there is lacrosse. The event is 24 games at 1 hour each and features all different levels. Girls games, boys games, adult games and word is the parent game that was so much fun last summer is making a return. Registered teams and players have been doing fundraising all year long to meet the goal of $75,000 after last year’s event raised just more than $50,000.
Outside of the lacrosse, however, is plenty. Motorcycle groups and local politicians and officials are part of the opening ceremony on July 21. Part of the ceremony is the appearance of Gary Beikirch of Rochester, who received the U.S. military’s highest honor, the Medal of Honor, for his courage as a combat medic in Vietnam. Beikirch will lead the Pledge of Allegiance before the lacrosse starts.
For the kids who are not playing, there are water slides, lawn games, glow-in-the-dark volleyball, bounce houses and a dunk tank. Just who will be in the dunk tank remains unknown, but it always draws a crowd.
Entertainment includes the music of Mikey Powell, the former Syracuse University lacrosse star. Also scheduled to perform are the Ende Brothers of the Finger Lakes area, Myer and McGuire of Canandaigua and John Carter.
And once the hunger hits, food trucks from Nolan’s, Jack’s Kitchen, Bristol Hills Grill, Peaches and Smoothies Plus have it all covered.
As popular as lacrosse is in these parts, not everyone actually plays or played the game. That’s OK, though. If you’re over the age of 18, you can volunteer to help. Or, you can donate to the cause.
You can do it all by going to the Shootout for Soldiers web site at shootoutforsoldiers.com and clicking on the Canandaigua tab.
Jeremy Summerson, a rising senior at Victor High, advanced to the championship flight of the 66th annual International Masters Tournament at the East Aurora Country Club this week.
Summerson shot 145 in rounds on Tuesday and Wednesday to finish in the top 10. In Thursday’s Platinum Flight match play, though, Summerson dropped a 2-and-1 decision to Peter Blazevic of Ontario, Canada.
Also from Victor, Jack Berl advanced to the Sliver Flight matches and lost to Anthony Delisanti of Sanborn, N.Y., 5-and-3.
Baseball update time. By most standards, it was a good spring for local products when you consider we now have three former local kids in rookie ball this summer, and all three are pitchers.
Adam Scott of Canandaigua Academy and Wofford College was drafted this month by the Cleveland Indians and assigned to the Rookie League team in Arizona. So far, he’s pitched 4.1 innings over three games and has struck out three batters in each appearance for a total of nine. He hasn’t walked a batter and has not been charged with any runs allowed.
Cody Eckerson of Palmyra-Macedon wasn’t drafted, but signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Angels out of Niagara University. He was assigned to the team’s Rookie League in Arizona where he’s pitched 5 innings over two appearances. He was tagged for the loss in his June 21 debut after giving up five hits and five earned runs in three innings. But he recovered nicely in his next outing, Tuesday night, and worked two innings to give up just one hit. In his five innings, he’s struck out three and walked four.
Victor graduate Matt Portland, who pitched at Northwestern University and was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in 2015, was pitching this summer for the Normal Cornbelters of the independent Frontier League in Illinois.
But his contract was purchased just this week by the Chicago White Sox but there’s been no word of his activation or assignment as of yet.
Chavez is sports editor at The Daily Messenger. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow me @MPN_bchavez