By Doug Halberstadt
Rockford’s women’s professional baseball team, the Rockford Starfires, are gearing up for the upcoming 2014 season. Prior to taking the field at Beyer Stadium, the ladies will be out and about in the Rockford area in the upcoming weeks.
Starting this Saturday night (March 22), Starfires’ player Okeyma Lundin will sing the National Anthem at the Rockford Ice Hogs game against the Chicago Wolves. Former members of the Rockford Peaches will be sitting alongside the Starfires at the game.
Saturday, April 5, the Starfires and original members of the Peaches will host a bowling fund-raiser for the upcoming season at Don Carter Lanes at 4007 E. State St. The afternoon of bowling is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. and continue until 4 p.m. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m.
The first pitch on the 2014 season will be thrown in May. Their home games are played at Beyer Stadium, 333 15th Ave., in Rockford. The Starfires are a non-profit organization. Fans can attend their games by donating a non-perishable food item, which is then donated to the Rock River Valley Food Pantry. The team also relies heavily on fund-raising and sponsorships, which helps to pay for team expenses and additional baseball programs for the local Boys and Girls Clubs and other at-risk youth programs.
For more about the Rockford Starfires and their upcoming events, or if you’re interested in becoming involved with the team, contact Lisa Chatfield at (815) 222-5686, Greg Schwanke at (815) 979-2899 or Steve McIntosh at (815) 222-4554.
Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at Dougster61@aol.com.
Posted March 18, 2014