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Battery Alum Throws a PERFECT game!


Battery alum Brittany Grage (Pittsford Mendon) threw a perfect game for the University of Rochester during the Liberty League playoffs on May 3rd. It was the first ever perfect game in the school's history. Nina Korn, another Battery alum, hit her 11th homerun of the season for the Yellow Jackets.


Battery Student Throws a PERFECT Game!


Battery student Leighann Pettis, a junior at Churchville Chili, threw her first perfect game of the 2014 season. There are many no hitters and shutouts in a season but seldom a perfect game.

A perfect game is the dream of every pitcher. Leighann threw her first perfect game when she was a 7th grader!

Leighann is a member of the Battery Lighting Gold team and trains year round.

Congratulations, Leighann!


Battery's Jake Welch Named Pitcher of the Week


Battery alum Jake Welch (Spencerport HS), a junior at Notre Dame College, was named Mountain East Conference Pitcher of the Week (March 30). Jake has four wins this season and tossed his second complete game shutout.

Keep up the good work, Jake!


Andy Parrino's Battery Xmas Baseball Camp


Oakland A's Andy Parrino, a Battery alum and instructor,  ran two all skills baseball camps on Thursday, December 26th, 2013  at The Battery for baseball players who wanted to improve their skills in the areas of hitting, fielding and throwing.

Attendees were delighted to have a major leaguer coaching them and enjoyed every minute of the Xmas camp experience. Andy also signed autographs and posed with the students.

Thanks Andy for providing such a wonderful Xmas break experience to the attendees!



All Greater Rochester Team


Congratulations to the 2013 All Greater Rochester Softball Team and most especially to the nine Battery students who were named to the 16-member team:

Sam Broking (Fairport), Courtney Case (Pittsford Mendon), Lacey Clark (Victor), Mackenzie Cleary (Fairport), Aidan Falk (Mercy), Katherine Ghyzel (Brighton), Desiree Gonzalez (Greece Arcadia), Anna Valentine (Pittsford Mendon) and Sierra Valentine (Greece Athena).


The following Battery students received honorable mention:


Hannah Anderson (Caledonia Mumford), Ashley Belles (Webster Christian), Morgan Boyce (Greece Arcadia), Kelsey Condidorio (Leroy), Adrianna Dilal (Webster Schroeder), Jill Khan (Dansville), Becky Knorr (Greece Arcadia), Paige Kuebler (Bishop Kearney), Kiera Lorenzo (Brighton), Grace Maxwell (Mercy), Anna Merante (Pittsford Mendon), Stephanie Mongelli (Irondequoit), Bonnie Parrotta (Webster Christian), Leighanne Pettis (Chruchville Chili), Lexi Stiewe (Greece Athena), Brooke Wolfe (Brighton) and Peyton Wyjad (Gananda).


The Battery is very proud of each one of you!


Battery Student NYS Class A Player of the Year


Congrats to Courtney Case being named NYS Class A Player of the Year. Courtney has trained year round at The Battery since 7th grade. She is a great student, player, and person. We are proud of all her hard work. Courtney will attend Le Moyne College this fall on a softball scholarship... More


Battery Pitching Instructor Inducted into Hall of Fame 


Battery pitching instructor  Courtney Fitzgerald Cardot was inducted on June 11 into the St. John University Athletics Hall of Fame.  She is the winningest pitcher in school history (59) and holds a program record for appearances (102). Congratulations!


Mrs. T is Featured in the Small Business Section of the D&C 


Under the title "Family takes over after owner dies', the Sunday April 29, 2013 edition includes an article about The Battery. To read the whole article, go to our facebook page.


Alum Featured in The Naples Record


The Naples Record, a weekly newspaper covering the Finger lakes region, featured an article about Line Drive Baseball School, owned and operated by Battery alum Nick Carrier (Bishop Kearney/Brockport) in the town of Hemlock.  Nick trained at the Battery tor many years under Coach T and also played in the Battery ABC team managed by Coach.

In the long and very detailed article, Nick credits Coach T and the influence he had on him.  "Coach T made me the man I am today. He taught me more than just baseball."

Battery's Courtney  Case Signs Letter of Intent 


Battery student Courtney Case, a senior shortstop at Pittsford Mendon HS,  signed a letter of intent to play softball at Le Moyne College.

Congratulations to the 2012 Player of the Year!


Battery Students Sign Letters of Intent


The following six Battery students are signing letters of intent to play softball at the collegiate level :

* Lacey Clark (Victor HS) is signing with Hofstra University of the Colonial Athletic Conference.

Mackenzie Cleary (Fairport HS) is signing with St. John University of the Big East Conference and joining Battery alum Courtney Budynas who is now a freshman.

*Sam Broking (Fairport HS) is signing with the University at Albany of the America East Conference.

Desiree Gonzalez (Greece Arcadia HS) is signing with St. Bonaventure of the Atlantic 10 Conference.

Kiera Lorenzo (Brighton HS) will join Desiree by signing with St. Bonaventure.

Ali Van Geisen (Auburn HS) is signing with Niagara University of the MAAC Conference and  joining Battery alum Desirae Maldonado who is now a sophomore. Ali also took private pitching lessons with Battery coach Courtney Fitzgerald Cardot.

Kudos to all these ladies for their hard work and perseverance. The  Battery is very proud of each and every one!



 Battery's Andy Parrino Traded to the Oakland A's

It was announced today, November 16, that Andy was traded to the Oakland A's as part of a four-player  agreement.  Good luck to Andy and to the A's in 2013.

Andy is at The Battery this week working with the students in the softball and baseball academies and giving private lessons by appointment.


 Battery's Courtney  Case Named PLAYER OF THE YEAR!

Once again,a Battery softball student has been named Player of the Year for All Greater Rochester. Courtney Case, a junior shortstop at Pittsford Mendon, received the 2012 recognition because she dominates at the plate, on base and in the field. Courtney, who trains year round at The Battery, finished the season with a .720 batting average.

Check the whole article posted in facebook.


Battery Students Named to AGR Softball Team

Ten of the sixteen ladies named to the 2012 All Greater Rochester Softball team train at The Battery; Courtney Case (Pittsford Mendon); Courtney Budynas (Honeoye Falls -Lima); Courtney Clark (Webster Thomas); Mackenzie Cleary (Fairport); Alisssa Dixon (Webster Schroeder); Aidan Falk (Mercy); Lexi Haley (Aquinas); Riley Johnson (Greece Athena), Carly Pike (Batavia Notre Dame) and Jordan Sarat (Caledonia Mumford).  

Some thirty other Battery students received honorable mention.  Congratulations to all!

Check the posting on facebook to read the complete list of players honored.


Battery Student Receives Sportsmanship Award

Battery student Mikah McDonnell has received the Gary Spear Sportsmanship Award for the 9-10 Minor Little League in Webster.  Congratulations for being a good sport, and such a talented young player.


Lighting Elite 14U Reaches Keystone Cup Finals

Congratulations to this group of dedicated softball players for their performance this season.  Hard work surely pays off.  Good luck the rest of the summer!


Battery Students Named to Class A Tournament Team

Battery students Nicole Rivera (Mercy), Aidan Flak (Mercy), Katherine Ghyzel (Brighton), Anna Valentine (Mendon), Courtney Case (Mendon), Tess Newell (Mercy) and Katie Brennan (Mendon) were named to the All Tournament Team for Class A. Katie was named tournament Most Valuable Player.   Good job, ladies!


Battery Student 'Drives in' a Sectional Title!

Battery student Peyton Wyjad, a freshman at Gananda High School, drove in the winning run for her team, and by doing so, a sectional title for C1 division. Peyton had three hits and scored two runs. Congratulations, Peyton for a job well done!


Battery Student Throws a Perfect Game

Battery pitching student Lexi Haley, a senior at Aquinas, threw a perfect game with twelve strike outs at a sectional game on May 30. It was her second no-hitter this month.  Lexi took pitching lessons with Battery instructor Courtney Fitzgerald Cardot and had a wonderful high school career as a pitcher. Congratulations! 


Battery Student  Courtney Budynas Signs with Division 1 St. John

Battery student  Courtney Budynas, a senior infielder at Honeoye Falls Lima, signed her letter of intent to play softball for Division 1 St. John... more




Press Radio Club Honored two Battery Alum

The Rochester Press Radio Club honored two Battery alum at their dinner on May 23rd. Andy Parrino received  the Elliot Cushing Award for excelling at the national level, and  Brittany Grage (Pitttsford Mendon/U of Rochester) received the Knighthawks Female Ahtlete of the Year Award. 


Andy Parrino Makes Opening Day Roster for San Diego Padres

Battery instructor and alum Andy Parrino made the opening day roster for the San Diego Padres! For more information check the article in facebook. Way to go, Andy!.


Brad Potter featured in the Gates Chili Post

Battery alumn Brad Potter was featured on the Sports section of the Gates Chili Post , in the article "Gates Chili grad leads by example at Case Western".



Battery's Brad Potter Named UAA Pitcher of the Week

Battery alum Brad Potter, a senior at Case Western Reserve University (Gates Chili) started his senior season by pitching one of the finest games of his career shutting out the opponent over the first six innings to get the win. Brad hurled his second career complete game with... More


Battery's Des Maldonado named MAAC Freshman of the Week

Battery alum Desarae Maldonado, (Irondequoit), a freshman at Niagara University,  hit a pair of doubles and played short stop error free to start her collegiate career. Good job!


Andy Parrino's fans!

Not every little  leaguer has a major league player as one of his instructors during the Winter Baseball Academy sessions. 

Brett and Devin Abamonte love baseball and  have learnt a lot during the last two winters.



Andy Parrino featured on Channel 13 during visit to Rochester

Battery alum, instructor and San Diego Padres Andy Parrino was featured on Channel 13 during his last stay in Rochester. 

Also as he traditionally does when staying in town, Andy spent training time with The Battery students. More...



Battery's Riley Johnson Signs Letter of Intent with Syracuse

Battery student Riley Johnson, a senior infielder at Greece Athena High School,  signed a National Letter of Intent to play softball at Syracuse. The six-year varsity starter was recruited by several colleges and universities. Riley is a member of the Battery Lighting Gold Travel Team.

A scholar athlete, she plans to major in communications with a concentration in TV and radio broadcasting.


Visit us on Facebook to read and watch videos about Battery alum and instructor Andy Parrino of the San Diego Padres

Battery's Andy Parrino featured on an article published by the Democrat and Chronicle on October 16.

Visit The Battery Facebook Page to read the whole article and  to see a photo gallery of Andy. He is presently playing for the Gigantes del Cibao in the Dominican Republic fall pro league.


Battery trained Andy Parrino called to major league

Battery alum and instructor Andy Parrino received the call from the San Diego Padres late on Wednesday, August 24.

Andy becomes the first non-pitcher from the greater Rochester area  to make it to the big leagues in the last 65 years. 

Although several Battery trained players have made it to the minor leagues, Andy is the first one to make it to the majors.


Battery Lighting Elite U-16 Team Earns Trip to Nationals

The Battery Lighting Elite U-16 team competed in the New York State  "A" Championship held in Waterloo.

With an 8-2 record, the team earned an invitation to the national championship to be held in Chattanooga, Tennessee. More...




Battery Alum Andy Parrino Made Franchise History

Battery alum Andy Parrino, an infielder with the San Diego Padres organization, made franchise history on June 12 by belting the first grand slam in the team's history, and the first of his life.  Andy was featured in an article in the Democrat and Chronicle. More...



Battery's Grage Named Player of the Year

Battery student Brittany Grage has been named 2011 Player of the Year.  Brittany had an outstanding senior year and lead Pittford Mendon to its second Section V championship and to its first state title.  More...




Eleven Battery Students Made All Rochester Team

Eleven softball players who train at The Battery made the All Greater Rochester Softball team. The players were selected by the Democrat and Chronicle through voting from Section V coaches.  More...


Battery Student Made All Greater Rochester Baseball Team

Battery student Jimmy Wagner, a senior pitcher at Hilton High School, was named  to the All Greater Rochester Team. 


Battery's Grage Two No-Hitters Lead to State Title for Mendon

Battery student Brittany Grage had a remarkable performance on the mound and at the plate to lead her team to a state championship for the first time in school history. Brittany threw a no hitter with twelve strike outs at the semis against Elmira, and also scored  two runs. The championship game was against. More...


Battery Students Lead Pittsford Mendon to Reach Semis

Battery student Brittany Grage had a great day at the plate with three hits, she was also the winning pitcher. Battery student Courtney Case entered the tournament batting .712 . Mendon moves into the Class A semifinals on June 11 with a 21-1 record. More...



It is official: Battery Alum is NYS Record Holder!

Although it took a long time to make it into the record books, Battery student Karl Nielsen, then a  senior at Spencerport  High School, had five hits in one game against Penfield, on May 23, 1993. A wonderful record of a dedicated baseball player which is now part of the history of The Battery and its many students!


Another perfect game this season!

Betsy Clark, a Battery student who is a senior pitcher at Bishop kearney High School, threw a perfect game on May 5, striking out  twelve batters. She also did  extremely well at the plate, going 4 for 4, and driving in two runs.



Battery Alum Named Rookie of the Week

Battery alum Jen Consaul, a freshman pitcher at Canisius College, was named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week on April 26. This marks the first time that a rookie pitcher has receievd a weekly honor from the conference.

Consaul went 1-0 with a save and 0.00 ERA last week in her two appearances. She earned her third save of the season on April 19, and on April 22, she tossed a complete game shutout.



A perfect game!

Junior pitcher Callianne Robbins threw a perfect game for Geneva against Midlakes on April 9.   Callianne trains with Battery instructor Courtney Fitzgerald Cardot and is a member of the Battery Lighting Elite team.

As a small family owned and run business, we are proud to contribute to make reality the dreams of thousands of young people.

We are proud of The Battery students who through the years have signed with Division 1 colleges and universities; proud of those who signed professional contracts , and proud to have  a Battery-trained student in the major leagues.

We are proud of the lives we have touched and the friends we have made.

In Memoriam

John Tillinghast - 'Coach T'
1942 - 2012

John Tillinghast

Coach T's strong and steady presence has always guided the Battery family and thousands of young people. We are sustained by the strength and peace of knowing he is now in God's loving hands. You are forever in our hearts and by our side.

Rest in peace Coach.


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