2001-06-23 / Sports

Rockaway Little League Update

Rockaway Little League Update

Tight Squeeze For Kidz

By Jim O'Connor

June 9th 2001 was a big day for little league baseball. Shame on you if you weren't there, because you missed one heck of a ballgame between the Knights of Columbus and Kidz Playhouse.  On a beautiful sunny day the Kidz eked out a 1-0 win over the K of C in what some say is the best Minor League game they have ever seen.

 Outstanding pitching and sparkling defense was the order of the day for both teams.  Danny Munday (K of C) had fourteen strikeouts while allowing only two walks and one hit. Tommy McElhattan (Kidz) had eight strikeouts while giving up just one hit and no walks. You can’t say enough about the way these two fellows pitched and the defense that backed them up.

K of C threatened in the sixth inning when they reached first base on an error. This was erased when second baseman Jim O'Connor handled one of the best shots of the day and started a 4-6-3 double play. Again in the bottom of the seventh Mike Knott (K of C) launched a shot to left and rounded the bases. Shortstop Cris Cruz who had to go and get an errant relay throw fired the ball home. The ball was destined to short hop in front of catcher Kenny Fiorentino when pitcher Pat Brown cut it off and tagged Mike out to end the inning. WHEW!

In the top of the eighth, Pat Brown singled and stole second.  Kidz first baseman Travis Rivera came up to the plate and after fouling off several pitches punched a single between first and second base. Pat had the green light all the way and slid under the tag on a close play at the plate to score the only run of the ballgame. Coaches, parents and relatives should be proud of the way the boys played this game and also the way they conducted themselves during and after the game. So be warned not to miss the next match up against these two fine teams in the future.

League Thanks Sponsors

By Stu Spolin

A very special thanks goes out to all our sponsors because without their commitment and yearly belief in our league our baseball season would never be enjoyed by so many of our youngsters. Each season begins with a dream and playoffs are upon us once more. We would like to invite the Rockaway community to come down and watch, for free, some of the most exciting games on the peninsula. Brooklyn may have the Cyclones but Rockaway has it’s own brand of playoff excitement. The following sponsors are listed with the divisions they helped to sustain and maintain.

Tee Ball (5, 6 year olds): McDonald’s, The Gift is Love, Sweet & Low, Brown’s Hardware, Two Brothers Construction, American Legion 272, Chris Corri 11, Knights of Columbus 2672, Rockaway Chamber of Commerce.

Pee Wee’s (6, 7, 8 year olds): McManus Mechanical’s, Condor Pest Control, Rockaway Rugby, Beach Beverage East, Beach Beverage West, Mirkin Vision, Esposito Chiropractor, Kennedy’s Restaurant, Ridgewood Savings Bank, One Stop Photo, O’Grady’s Plumbing, Lawrence Pharmacy, DRA Security Systems, Multiviez Medical.

Minor Boys (9, 10 year olds): Rockaway Little League East, Sammy’s Variety, Breezy Point Lumber, Knights of Columbus 2672, VIP Fire Protection, Animal Hospital of Rockaway, Kidz Playhouse, Rockaway Little League West, V&B Auto, Doormax.

Minors/Majors Girls (8, 9, 10, 11 year olds): Quadrozzi Concrete, Frank Carpentry, Flynn&Flynn at Law, Rockaway Little League East, Rockaway Little League West, Rockaway Little League Central.

Major Boys (11, 12 year olds): ATP Insurance, Plaza King (Brooklyn), Van Zachary Salon, Beach Club, Lichtenstein’s Lions, Harbor Light Restaurant, Baskin Robbins, Quigley’s Insurance Agency, The Wave.

Junior Softball (12, 13, 14, 15,16 year olds): Rockaway Rotary, Victor Hoo Realty, George’s Florist, Bon Apetite.

Junior Boys (13, 14, 15, 16 year olds): Daly’s Dodgers, Lawrence Pharmacy, East Meets West, Harbor Optics.

The Rockaway Little League would like to thank the 60 sponsors who give the breath of life to our baseball dreams. For the gifts they donate, from weed whackers to First Aid Kits, all is tremendously appreciated.


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