Rockaway Little League News
By Shelley Plock
This had to be one of the most exciting weeks for little league so far. And a hot one too!
It was an exciting week in Pee Wee for Lawrence Pharmacy. On Sunday they lost a heartbreaker to Ridgewood 10 to 9. The offense was led by Sarah Vorsanger and John Evans with four hits each, Matthew Filippi, Amanda Zwirn and Tammie Schneider had three hits each and Joseph Fischman and Matthew Moers were stars with two hits each. The game was kept close with outstanding defense from Rebecca Moers at the mound, Matthew Filippi at second base and John Evans at third base.
On Tuesday, Lawrence Pharmacy lost to Kennedy's 15 to 6. They were kept in the game with the great offense of Alex Berger, TJ Leonard and Steven Ellis, who had three hits each, and Matthew Filippi, Matthew Moers and John Evans with two hits each. The defense shined with plays by John Evans, Matthew Filippi and TJ Leonard and great effort by Amanda Zwirn and Alex Berger.
Coaches Bob Filippi and Henry Moers are very proud of their all stars John Evans, Steven Ellis, TJ Leonard, Matthew Filippi and Sarah Vorsanger.
District 27 Minor League Team Comes Together…
DC27 minor league team has representatives from throughout the Rockaway peninsula and has done an outstanding job of molding themselves into a tight knit team. The team is now 4 wins and 3 losses, and is gearing up for the upcoming playoffs.
So far the team has had timely pitching contributions from Brian Cerrone, Cody Gavaurd, and Brendan Hewson. Clutch power hitting has been provided by Nick Velez, John McGowan, and Peter Roberts. Several players have been versatile, playing multiple positions extremely well, including Dylan Smith, James Marquez, and Tim Pastina. Pat McMahon, Jeremy Soto, Nick Girlando, and Justin Londono have all chipped in with key fielding plays and all around team hustle. Dylan Lipari was just rounding into shape before an injury forced him to sit out the last few games.
The group has great team spirit and is looking forward to making a run through the upcoming playoffs.
Mirkin Optics is now 7 wins and 2 losses. Lost to first place McDonalds in a heartbreaker 14-9 (we think coach Phil Livoti actually suited up for his team) then got back to winning ways in beating Lawrence 15-5. All-star game features Josh Steinberg, Michael McGuire, John Michaels, and John Reinhart.
June 11…In a game between One Stop Photo and Heartshare, with temperatures in the 90’s, in spite of Heartshare having only eight players, you’d have to admit their hearts were into their game. For the first three innings Heartshare held One Stop Photo to just one run by striking out six in three innings. The only run came on hits by Megan Boyle and Maria Sanz. One Stop Photo broke it open in the bottom of the fourth by pushing seven runs across the plate on hits by Genevieve Prigge, Kelly Carman, Clarissa McLeod, Megan Boyle and Milagros Clarke, Traci Corsello, Michele Murry and a triple by Maggie Barbera. Three more runs were added in the bottom of the fifth on hits by Jasmine Liss, Michelle Lavin, Shannon Battle and Julia Steinberg. Final score was 11-0. Tiffanie Carman had 10 strikeouts for One Stop. Tiffanie raised her record to 6-1 with 57 strikeouts.
NOTE: The One Stop Photo barbecue and mother-daughter game took place after the game, in a tough "we will whip you mom, and a "no I don’t think so" answer. A very brave umpire, Bill Corsello said "Let’s Playyyyyyy Balllll." Mom’s struck first for two runs. Daughters scored three in the second inning and five in the third, but the moms came back and scored six in the bottom of the third, ending the three inning game with an 8-8 tie. Everyone kept their pride and had great fun! Daughters pitched to their own moms. This was a game not to be missed.
Sunday morning, June 11, brought the league leading, undefeated Van Zachary to their season’s final against Daly’s Dodgers.
As the veteran teams clashed, the Dodgers kept Van Zachary scoreless for the first five innings while collecting six runs before squelching a last inning rally. A strong pitching performance and complete game from Sean Mackey, stalwart defense from the infield anchors, Sal DeMarco, and Pat Horan, four extra base hits between John Corning and Spencer Daly, and a solid team effort handed Van Zachary their first defeat of the season.
On to the playoffs…