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Illinois USSSA Hall of Fame

Class of 2012

Laurie Guinta - Female Player

As a Rockford native, Laurie 'Pizza' Guinta began playing softball in the late 70s at Rockford East High School, where she earned all-conference honors. This was only the beginning of a thirty-six year softball career, which has seen "Pizza" play for numerous state and national championship teams.
Guinta began playing after high school with the Girogi Girls in 1980, but soon moved to more competitive teams as Prairie Moon Saloon, Kinney Shoes, John Slack, Ace of Diamonds, Sandy's Amoco/Cubbys, Lithiuian/Blackhawk, and Add A Bath Demarini/Kaisers.
After thirty years of USSSA play, she reflects that she has been very fortunate to have played on so many great teams and with so many great teammates.
With a career batting average of .610 and a primary position as pitcher, Laurie Guinta earned numerous all-state and all-NIT honors. Highlighted by an MVP selection during the 1989 Class C State Tournament.
Guinta recognizes teammates, Wendy Fudge, Toodie Moss, Vicki Brown, and Meghan Murray as a few of the best players she has shared the field with over the years, while mentioning Al Dalhmier, Tim Gifford, and Dick Hahn among some the great coaches that she has had the privilege to play for over the years.
Guinta wants to thank the USSSA with providing her the opportunities to have met so many great people that have developed into so many great friendships that have lasted a lifetime. Guinta also thinks it is great that she has had the experience to have played with the second generation of some of her teammates.
Even though Laurie's funniest softball experience landed her on her butt, while pitching and falling backwards over the pitching rubber, she got back on her feet and dusted herself off to be honored as one of the newest members of the Illinois USSSA Hall of Fame.
Good friend and former teammate Kristyn King introduced Guinta by saying Laurie Guinta, 'Pizza' that's her nickname and it comes from her maiden name and that's all I ever knew." King went on to say, "she has built great friendship and that is the really key to this game and this organization." King went on to say, "When we played for the Lith. Club we had the opportunity to play at the USSSA A World Series and that was an assume experience. King closed her remarks by saying, "It has been a great run for Pizza and I am happy to be up here this evening but instead of just my words, I created a poem." The poem was a short slide show showing many team and individual photos from Guinta softball playing days. King closed by saying, "I am here to celebrate with Pizza and I am honored to introduce Laurie Guinta 'Pizza'."
Accepting her place into the hall of fame Guinta said thank you to her friend Brenda Paulson, the hall of fame committee and to everyone attending the banquet along with congratulating the evenings other inductee's. Guinta said, "Thank you again for this tremendous honor. I will never forget this night and I will never forget those who help me make this possible. Thank you.
Brenda Paulson said, "I remember when you came out of high school and started playing, holy smoke that was a long time ago. And I think you have made a lot of friends, that's a good thing. Welcome to the Hall of Fame."

Kristyn King



 

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