USSSA Hall of Fame
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."
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