2003-07-18 / Sports

Mocean Wins Little League Major Championship!

Mocean Wins Little League Major Championship!

Mocean Wins Little League Major Championship!

Danny Munday delivers a pitch to the plate against Knights of ColumbusDanny Munday delivers a pitch to the plate against Knights of Columbus

Despite the awful spring weather, the Rockaway Little League players and families turned in another successful baseball campaign. This year’s Major League Division had some of the best games in recent memory starting with the playoffs and moving into the championships. The perennial powerhouse Knights of Columbus and the upstart team from Mocean Footwear played in the Major League Championship. The two teams were as evenly matched as possible. Richie Knott did a masterful job coaching pulled out some of the best secrets in the league when he had Mathew Perone and J.P. Webber pitch for the Knights. Both players did a fantastic job with Perone pitching in games 1 and 2.

In game 1, he won a close, well played and in game 3 he succumbed in extra innings. Mathew, who is already knows as one of the better all around players in the league, just added to his resume with his pitching performances. The Knott twins were their usual selves in the series, banging the bal to all fields and hustling on every play with Michael Knott delivering the game winning hit in game one. The Mocean team also came to play with great efforts by Pat Brown, John Ameruso (grand slam in game 2), Matt Alessi, Ken Fiorentino, T-Mac McGovern, and Sean Cordes.

Nick Mastros, Rocco Mongelli, TJ Leonard Leonard, Josh Frankle, and Joe Forcina delivered timely hitting. Some real pitching gems were thrown by Danny Munday, Nick Mastros and Pat Brown for Mocean, and Tommy McElhatton, and the afore mentioned Webber and Perone for the Knights. With the series tied at one game a piece, the third game went into extra innings with Nick Mastros hitting the go ahead double in the top of the eighth to give Mocean a two run lead. Mocean scored an insurance run as Danny Mucae closed out the eighth, but not before the Knights would score one run, and have a man thrown out at home attempting to score another.

The games were so well played and the teams so evenly matched that it’s a shame someone had to win, and someone had to lose. The kids played well and it should also be noted that the Knights played with 3 outstanding 10 year olds in John Duggan, Mike Carnachio, and James McCool, who will definitely go on to bigger and better things and represent the Rockaway Traveling All-Stars very well! Congratulations to all involved and a special thanks to Rick and Marty for another fun season.

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