Rockaway Little League:
How quickly the season has gone. This week finds us into the playoffs heading for the championship games.
The DC 27 minor league team finished its season with tough losses to the best teams in the league as it geared up for the playoffs. The playoff games proved to be a Tale of Two Cities, reflecting both the best and worst of times for the team. In its first playoff game against a tenacious Cross County squad, Cody Gavaurd pitched an outstanding game holding off the Cross County sluggers for a 17-9 win. Brendan Hewson, Brian Cerrone, Nick Velez, and Justin Londono provided timely hitting. Patrick McMahon's ability to get on base and James Marquez key defense helped seal this victory.
In the second playoff game, DC 27 ran into a well-oiled Sammy's team that took advantage of every opportunity provided to them. Hoping to avenge their two regular season losses to the tough Sammy's crew, DC 27 had perhaps their worst game of the season. Only Nick Girlando and Tim Pastina reached base safely each at bat. And despite good fielding by Justin Londono and Jeremy Soto, and the pitching/catching combo of Dylan Smith and Peter Roberts, the ball seemed to take too many bad bounces for DC 27. The final score was 15-2 and ended the season on a sad note. But there was much to be proud of for this team, as they played hard all year and finished the season with an overall record of 5 and 8. As they say, it's time to wait till next year!
On Saturday, June 24, on a hot day, second place One Stop Photo played third place Quadrozzi. The first game in the best of three series. The winners will play the winners between JKS and Heartshare.
In the top of the first Quadrozzi scored first run. One Stop scored first run in the bottom of the second. It stayed tied 1-1 until the bottom of the fourth. One Stop exploded for seven runs on hits by Maggie Barbera, Genevieve Prigge, Kelley Carman, Megan Boyle, Milagros Clarke and Tracy Corsello, and walks to Julia Steinberg, Tifannie Carman and Clarissa McLeod for an 8-1 lead. In the bottom of the fifth, One Stop scored five more runs on hits by Shannon Battle, Julia Steinberg, Maggie Barbera and walks to Maria Sanz, Michelle Laren, Casey Hilla and Tiffanie Carman for a 13-1 lead. Quadrozzi scored one run in the bottom of the sixth for a final score of One Stop 13, Quadrozzi 2, giving One Stop a one game to none in the best of three series. Tiffanie Carman was the winning pitcher. Clarissa McLeod received the game ball for great plays at third base.
On Sunday, June 25, another hot day with a breeze, at 1:30 p.m., One Stop Photo and Quadrozzi squared off for game two, in a best of three series.
In the top of the first, One Stop scored two runs on hits by Julia Steinberg, Genevieve Prigge, and a double by Maggie Barbera. In the top of the second, One Stop scored another run on hits by Clarissa McLeod and Milagros Clarke, making the score 3-0. In the bottom of the second Quadrozzi scored one run, making it 3-1. Top of the third, One Stop scored three more runs on hits by Julia Steinberg, Tiffanie Carman, Genevieve Prigge, Megan Boyle and a big home run by Kelly Carman. Bottom of the fifth Quadrozzi scored one run, making it 9-2 One Stop. One Stop scored again in the top of the sixth, on hits by Clarrisa McLeod and Milagros Clarke. Final score 10-2 One Stop. The winning pitcher was Genevieve Prigge and the game ball went to Julia Steinberg for going 3-3 at bat, scoring twice, driving in two runs plus great plays at second. This win sends One Stop into the championship against the winners between JKS and Heartshare. One Stop Photo won the championship last year. Can they repeat?
As playoff fever fills the air, the Pee Wee Division had their first contest. Team McManus took on a superior Rockaway Video squad. Terrance Munns started the action with a run scoring single and team McManus never looked back. Sean Towey had another strong game with outstanding play at short stop and four hits including two doubles. Mike Hickey took home the game ball for his stellar show at third base. The outfield of Keith Yora, Thomas Ray, Anthony Allocco and cool dude Mahoney did not give team Video much of a chance. Brendan and Conor Meauley teamed up with Brian King to shut down a talented Video squad.