Rockaway Little League:
Dodgers Capture World Series Title
Daly’s Dodgers ended their regular season on a high note and kept it going into the playoffs and World Series.
Playing Van Zachary the last game of the season was a defensive showcase. Since Van Zachary was undefeated at 10-0, the Dodgers had to play solid baseball the entire game to even have a chance at winning. And did they ever!
After taking a 6-0 lead the Dodgers defense kept it that way for five innings, turning two legitimate double plays -- a 5-4-3 and a 8-4. They just missed a 3-4-1 and 6-4-3 by a step. In the sixth inning Van Zachary rallied only to fall short by a couple of runs. Final score was Dodgers 6, Van Zach 4.
The Dodgers playoff game was against a young feisty Plaza Kings team. Although the Dodgers kept the lead throughout the game, Plaza would not quit and kept it close for six innings. Final score was Dodgers 8, Plaza 6.
Daly’s Dodgers were now headed to the big dance against District 27. Thursday night was the first game of a three game series. The game was exciting for both teams. With the score bouncing back and forth the entire game, the Dodgers would need every inning to prevail. Final score was Dodgers 8, District 27 6.
The second game was even more thrilling than the first. Again, the score bouncing back and forth for five innings until the sixth inning -- District 27 up 7-6. The Dodgers had the tying run on second with one out, hoping to push it across. But what happened next was totally unexpected. With the count 1-2 and the batter in a hole, the next pitch was drilled over the center field fence. Sean "Mack Attack" Mackey came through in a big way. The Dodgers had to now hold a one run lead in the bottom of the sixth. Now District 27 had the tying run on second with one out and the top of the batting order coming up. The batter laced a line drive to first, the first baseman caught the ball and quickly threw to second base for a bang-bang double play to end the game and the World Series.
Playing on Daly’s Dodgers this season were Sal DeMarco, Mary Caitlyn Cunneen, Brian Dushock, Patrick Horan, Zack Dunn, Kenny Kelly, Mary Ann Diehm, Michael Birnbaum, Sean Mackey, Spencer Daly, John Corning, Jordan Grosshandler, Sean Little, Jeffrey Goltz, and Vincent Conti.
The coaches of the Dodgers "thank each of the members of the team for their hard work and dedication. Watching you grow into a team, with the respect and unselfishness you showed towards one another, made this a truly great year!"
The coaches continued to thank the parents for their support and the parents returned the gratitude to the major league manager and coach for their "sportsmanship and gamesmanship" throughout the year.