Over 260 players representing squads from Fairport, Greece, Penfield, Pittsford, Westside, Webster, Victor and the Finger Lakes (Geneva) will compete.
The 21st Annual Challenger Baseball World Series will be conducted on Saturday at Frontier Field. Over 260 players representing squads from Fairport, Greece, Penfield, Pittsford, Westside, Webster, Victor and the Finger Lakes (Geneva) will compete.
Challenger Baseball, which began in the Rochester area in 1990 in conjunction with Fairport Baseball’s Little League program, brings together boys and girls ages 6-18 who are physically and/or mentally challenged. Each player is accompanied on the field by a “buddy” to assist in the execution of hitting, running the bases and fielding activities.
The quadruple-header schedule calls for Frontier’s gates to open at 8:30 a.m. with Fairport taking on Greece in the first game. Pittsford and Penfield will follow at 9:30, then Webster Minor League vs. Westside at 10:30. At 11:15 the Webster Major League will play combined squads from Victor and the Finger Lakes.
After all the players have had a time at bat and an inning in the field the teams will gather for a picnic lunch starting at 9:30. Admission to the Challenger Baseball World Series and picnic lunch is free of charge for all team members, volunteers and fans.
Rochester Red Wings manager Gene Glynn will serve as the Challenger Baseball World Series’ goodwill ambassador. He will be joined on the field by several of his Red Wings players and mascots Spikes and Mittsy, along with hundreds of volunteers from local schools, service groups, sports teams and businesses.
Red Wings general manager Dan Mason is in his 21st year as host of the Challenger Baseball World Series, which began in 1993 at Silver Stadium with 62 players from Fairport and Greece.
As a result of the Finger Lakes (1997), Webster (2001), Penfield and Pittsford (2010) and Westside and Victor (2011) joining the event the 21-year total number of players that will have participated in the Challenger Baseball World Series will clear the 3,600 mark on Saturday.
Besides the Red Wings, generous corporate support for the Challenger Baseball World Series is being provided by the Hot Stove League, Eddie Meath Penny Fund, Rochester Coca-Cola Refreshments, Zweigle’s, Spinergy, Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, Fairport Rotary Club, MassMutual Financial Architects, Rochester Press-Radio Club, The Last Man Standing Club, Xerox and the Tony Wells Agency.