Tournament Action from Rochester

Kevin M. Neibauer
LaxPhilly– A Division of the Edge of Philly Sports Network.

This past Saturday night, April 9th, the Rochester Bats hosted the Newly formed Rochester Rovers of the NABLL league. Game was played at the Blue Cross Arena for the battle of the 585.

Bats got the first few on the board before the Rovers were able to sneak one past Troi Benedict.

Tempers began to flare early, Mike Cooper received a 2 minute for slashing for the Bats and then Kobe Whitcomb of the Bats and Ricky Simpson of the Rovers traded fisticuffs.

Bats went on to win the inagural Bats Invitational Game, 22 to 10.

Leading the way for the Bats were:
Bryce Tolmie
Zach Miller
Leroy Halftown
Rodney Hot Rod Redeye

This will be an annual game the Bats will host, at the Blue Cross Arena.

Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.

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