Rockaway Little League Update:
Rockaway Little League Update:
Kidz Playhouse Undefeated
By Jim O'Connor
On Sunday, May 27, Kidz Playhouse upped its record to 6-0 on the season against a determined Rockaway Little League West team. The leadoff combination of Kenny Fiorentino and Jim O'Connor (3-4) continues to pay dividends with Kenny leading off the game with a single and Jim ripping a ferocious triple down the third base line. Steve Calciano returned to the line up from the DL and went 2-4.
The Kidz base running was the key to their success in this game and the team was reminded by their coaches that much tougher games lie ahead for them. Pitching duties were shared by Kenny Fiorentino and Eddie Re with Lefty Tommy McElhattan coming on in the sixth inning to close it out. Joey Forcina, 2-4 at the plate including a double, did a great job behind the plate for the Kidz. Matt Harnisch played flawlessly in both left field and second base. Pat Brown, also 2-4, continues to flash his leather at any position he plays. Chris Cruz who played third base and moved to DH went 2-4 and scored three times for the Kidz. Travis Rivera didn't let his struggle at the plate get him down. Travis played both right field and first base and turned in a solid performance. Jimmy Lutz (Mr. Determination) played left center.
Missing from the game due to family obligations were Pat Kelly, Andrew Faircloth, Dominic Fiorentino and Jimmy Brown. Thanks again to Rockaway Little League West for accommodating a schedule change. Both teams exhibited sportsmanship and Ump Marty Andreson kept a keen eye on the ball game.
East Meets West In First
By John Sica
East Meets West was looking to avenge an early season loss to Harbor Light, and to break a first place tie. That they did as they crushed Harbor Light 16-3. Donald Kendall highlighted a seven run fourth when he hit a three run homerun over the left field fence. Another strong pitching performance by Chris LaRuffa held down the H.L. along with great defense by East Meets West. Joe Iavecchio made some sparkling plays at short, and Donald Kendall ran down some long fly balls. Tim Maher closed out the game with two solid innings. Benjamin DeLeon, Mike Dunn, and TJ Pulkoski had some key hits for RBI’s in the fourth, and George Russo continued to hit the ball well. East Meets West is now 5-1.
Girls In White Undefeated
By B. King
Cross County Federal Savings continues undefeated!
Cross County moved to 7-0 with a big win over Quadrozzi last Sunday.
Danielle Stathis started off the pitching for Cross County and held Quadrozzi to no runs after 2 innings.
The big bats of Quadrozzi exploded in the 1st with singles by Kerry King, Stathis, Norah Marley, Brianne Maroney and a home run by Michelle Kenel. Quadrozzi responded with 2 runs of their own in the 3rd and the 5 runs in the 4th. Cross County’s never-say-die girls in white answered back with one run in the 3rd on singles by Lauren Spadaro, King and a double by Stathis. They scored five more runs in the 4th on singles by Marley, Michelle Cashen, Patricia Scherpf, Brianne Carroll, Daisy Diehm and Roseanne Libretti. They added another run in the 5th with singles by King, Kenel and Marley, giving Cross County the 11-7 win.
Lauren Atwood, Norah Marley and Michelle Kenel played a great defensive game. The game ball went to Norah Marley, who, besides her great glove-work, had three hits on the day.