1999-05-22 / Sports

The Beach is Alive with Baseball

Rockaway Little League Season’s In Full Swing Now

With the sun shining brightly upon the little league field, teams got to play regular scheduled games, as well as make-up games. Family, friends and community members got to come out and enjoy the excitement, hustle-bustle, and sometimes nail-biting games, as well as enjoying the large variety of refreshments.

Kidz Playhouse vs. Rockaway Video

Rockaway Video played their hearts out but those KIDZ were just too much. The Kidz’ game ball was earned by John McGowan for his outstanding play at second base. Newcomer James McCool continues to get better with each game. Nicholas Stubits brings determination and enthusiasm along with his glove when he comes to play. The hard work of the infield consisting of Pat Kelly, Ed Mourino, Mike Scannell, Jim O'Connor, Matt Harnisch and Travis Rivera is beginning to pay off. Outfielders Billy Murgolo, Steve Miller and Alexi Girlando backed up the infield with flawless play. It’s nice to see Norah Marley back with the team and we all hope she can keep up the good work. It was a beautiful day for baseball and good sportsmanship was displayed by both teams.

The Lichtenstein Lions won both games over the weekend with outstanding pitching performances from K. Kelleher, T. Kentouris, and G. McLoughlin. The Lions, now with a record of 6-1, have had some timely hitting by T.Cotilletta, P.J. Mullen, J. Caraballo and J. McCabe, who hit a three run homer on Sunday. Complimenting their hitting, has been some outstanding base-running by K. Windels and V. Conti who always seem to be in scoring position. But as good as the offense has been, the Lion's defense has equally met the challenges. Catcher C. Kelly caught two tough games over the weekend, and the fielding of M. Reinhardt, J. Ehresman, and M. Rivera continued to round out the Lion's success.

McManus Plumbing had two solid outings this past week raising its record to 5-0 in the pee-wee division by beating Rockaway Rugby and Condor Pest Control. Solid defensive efforts were put in by Cody Gauvard, Joe McCabe and Danny Paskoff. McManus continued to get timely hitting from the entire team and saw Mike Dier get his first two hits of the season. Way to go, Mike.

Animal Clinic Sweeps Weekend Series, goes to 6-0.

The Animal Clinic continued to improve, posting two exciting victories over the weekend to move its record to a league best 6-0. Saturday they bested 29 Deli 7-1 behind the strong arm of Jason Rodriguez, who picked up his first career win. Offensively Mike Paskoff led the way with a solid 2-3 day, including 2 runs and an rbi. Justin Spolin added two hits and John Gallagher singled and scored. Steve Guardino was robbed of an RBI single in the second on a tremendous defensive play by 29's Ed Velten. Rob Gosler had the game winning rbi single in the second, chasing cousin Spolin home from third. Rodriguez stuck out 4 in 2 innings and was bolstered by some strong defensive help behind him. For 29 Deli Velten did a nice job on the mound and Paul Hedderson went 1-2 and did a nice job both behind the plate and on the mound.

Sunday morning the Clinic came out swinging, going 11-20 over 4 innings, in a 14-4 rule shortened contest against Van Zachery. Breaking on top 6-0 in the first behind the bats of Kevin Roberts (1-2, 2runs), Jack Ogden (2-2, 3runs, 2rbi), Ryan Roberts (3-3, 3 runs, 4rbi), Bill Becker (2-2, 3runs, rbi) and Kevin Cashen (2-3, 1 run, 3 rbi). John Gallagher upped his consecutive hitting streak to 2 games and later scored a run (thanks mom for letting me know he got home ok!). Ryan Roberts went all the way, posting his second victory (4IP, 9ks, 4runs, 2 ER), but is considering a non-support suit against his infield partners. Anthony Scordio showed some promise making a fine play in right center field and executing perfectly on the base path. Parent of the week goes to Mrs. Paskoff for being interested enough to learn the subtleties of the little league rule book.

The Beach Club defeated Baskin Robbins 12 to 7 with Ryan McGrisken and Brendan Smith combining on the mound for the win. Brendan and Ryan were also the offensive stars by collecting 2 hits each and driving in three runs each. The Beach Club won their next game in exciting fashion with two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to edge Plaza 8 to 7. Alan MacSaveny, Michael Duemig and Brendan Smith were able to keep the Plaza batters in check after the first couple of innings. Andy Spyliopulos was the team’s spark plug on offense getting e hits and scoring 4 runs. Andy started the last inning with a double and scored the tying run on a wild pitch. Ryan McGrisken brought Danny McGrisken home with a ground ball for the winning run. The Beach Club came out on the short end of the score against Daly’s Dodgers. Michael Duemig had four hits, scored 2 runs and had 2 RBIs to lead the Beach Club’s offense. James Owens made an excellent catch in the outfield and other good defensive plays were turned in by AJ Arasin and Alan MacSaveny.


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