1999-06-11 / Sports

Half Season Full Of Great Play

Rockaway Little League

Hard to believe how time flies… but we are halfway through the baseball season. And what a season it has been so far. I hope to have all the standings in here by next week. And again, thanks to everyone who has been so generous in volunteering their time.

Rockaway Little League-Pee wee Division-Rockaway Video Team on May 30, 1999 third baseman Ashley Power was struck in the eye by an errant throw from first base. Ashley suffered a instant black and blue and was rushed to the hospital for x-rays by her father-Coach Joe Power. Thankfully, Ashley suffered no breaks.

A big Get Well from all her teammates from Rockaway Video----especially her best buddy- Marissa Bernstein.

The Lichtenstein Lions continued their winning streak with two wins over the past week. In the first game, the Lion's had a home run derby with home runs hit by M. Reinhardt, K. Kelleher, T. Kentouris, C. Kelly and two grand slams by Jeremy Ehresman. In game two, both teams - the Lion's and Animal Clinic, took advantage of any and all stealing opportunities. M. Rivera, J. McCabe, V. Conti and T. Cotilletta took advantage of their high on base percentages by stealing throughout the game. On offense, J. Caraballo continued his hot hitting with some key timely hits; and G. McLoughlin pitched three strong innings. And defensively, catcher Eric Lichtenstein caught a tough but solid game behind the plate.

Plaza King improved its record to 6-3 winning 15-7 over ATP Insurance. The Pitching Duo of Charlie Gallegher and Tim Maher kept ATP's bats in check. Plaza's offense was on fire with three home runs by Anthony Petrone, George Russo, and Evan Bennigno. Just missing home runs were Mike Dunn and Jacob Stroke who both doubled on their shots to deep Center Field. In the field Mike Sica performed his catching duties while Johann Smiley patrolled the Outfield and John Petrone did his part in the infield. Now Plaza will try to move to 7-3 against Baskin Robbins on Wednesday, June 16.

In the loss to Van Zachary’s, the Beach Club jumped out to the early lead but the good hitting by the Van Zachary players was too much in the end. AJ Arasin continued his hot hitting going 2 –3, a double and an RBI. Mike Duemig and Andy Spyliopulos were each 1 for 2 and had 2 RBIs. James Owens was 1 for 3 and scored a run and drove in a run. Jordan Mirrer reached base twice on walks and scored 2 runs.

Animal Clinic Escapes with victory; Sixth Inning Rally Keeps Perfect Record intact.

Good teams never quit and Saturdays Animal Clinic v. 29 Deli was a great example. Just when it looked as though The Animal Clinic would drop its first game of the season, the offense exploded, posting 4 runs in the sixth inning to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. In the sixth, Ryan Roberts got the rally going with a one out walk. Jack Ogden followed with a hard grounder to second base. Roberts, running on the pitch, caught the defense back and beat the throw to second, keeping the inning alive. Kevin Roberts followed with a infield single to load the bases, bringing Justin Spolin to the plate with one out. Spolin, who had already accounted for the sole Clinic run with a rbi double in the third, rose to the occasion. On a 1-2 pitch Spolin tripled down the right field line, clearing the bases, tying the game at four and bringing Kevin Cashen to the plate with the winning run 60 feet away. Cashen, whose first inning defense had kept the Clinic close early, did not miss the opportunity to be a hero. With Spolin ready to dash home, Cashen took a 1-1 pitch the other way, driving a grounder hard between second and first, while Spolin crossed the plate with the winning run. "It ain't over till it's over!" Saturday was a classic example. Not to be overlooked was an exceptional outing by 29's Paul Hedderson, who pithed 5 strong innings and Ed Velten, who had 2 hits and scored a run.




The Beach Club split games against Two Nine Deli and Van Zachary’s and now have a record of 4 and 6. The Beach Club defeated Two Nine 14 – 13 in a very exciting game, as the lead changed a couple of times and the outcome was not decided until the bottom of the sixth. A. J. Arasin and Danny McGrisken were the offensive heroes as AJ was 3 – 3, a double and 2 triples and 6 RBIs while Danny reached base four times, a walk and 3 hits, scored four runs and drove in 2 runs. Brendan Smith pitched well for four innings and got a key hit in the last inning as the Beach Club scored three times to pull out the victory. In the sixth inning, Andy Spyliopulos started the inning with a walk and Brendan followed with a hit off the third basemen’s glove and good base running by Andy and Brendan resulted in runners at second and third. Danny McGrisken then followed with a line drive down the right field line and two runs scored as Danny went to third and then he also scored as the throw from the outfield went into the dugout. Keith VonWesternhagen had two hits and drove in two runs. Mike Duemig was 2 for 2 with a walk and scored 3 runs and drove in 2 runs.

The Beach Club lost a well played game 5 – 4 to Daly’s Dodgers. Brendan Smith pitched a strong 5 1/3 innings giving up 4 runs and striking out 10. Danny McGrisken had 2 hits and drove in a run while Keith VonWesternhagen was 1–1 with two walks and an RBI. On defense for the Beach Club James Owens and Michael Duemig made great catches.

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