The Rochester Ridgemen baseball team announced that they will play their 2018 home opener at 7 p.m. on June 1 at the Basket Road Field, 1610 Boulter Industrial Parkway, Webster.
Players and coaches come from all over the country to represent Rochester in the New York Collegiate Baseball League. The league, founded in 1978, is a summer wood bat development league for professional baseball. Major League Baseball funds a small portion of the league’s annual budget. It gives college players who have not yet signed a professional contract the opportunity to develop their skills at a higher level of play, gain experience with wood bats and be evaluated by scouts. NYCBL alumni include former Rochester Red Wings Darin Mastroianni, Saratoga/Oneonta, 2006; Ryan O’Rourke, Brockport, 2008; and Caleb Thielbar, Little Falls, 2007.
The “Ridgies,” as they have come to be known, are owned and operated by Athletes in Action. “Ridgemen games are fun, very affordable and offer a family friendly atmosphere” said General Manager Justin Dillard.
He added that even though the ball players are not from Rochester, they become part of the community and most past players felt that by the end of the season, Rochester became their summer home.
Visit bit.ly/2x4RhX7 for the team’s summer schedule.