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Rockaway Little League Celebrates Great 50th Season

By Keith Andresen
Rockaway Little League Celebrates Great 50th Season By Keith Andresen

The players in the T-Ball had a great season and everyone improved. 
The players in this division are 4 and 5 years old.  Each player received a
uniform at the start of the season and also received a T-shirt and trophy at
season’s end.

Pee-Wee Junior is the largest division in Rockaway Little League with 12 teams. In this division the coach pitches the ball. The players in this
division are 5 and 6 years old. All players improved as the season progressed. At the end of the season all players in this division received a T- shirt and a trophy.

In the Pee-Wee Senior division the players, who are 7 and 8 years old,
pitch the ball themselves.  This division had 10 teams.  During the regular season Esposito Chiropractor defeated Trident Marine Surveyors.  In the championship, however, Trident Marine Surveyors defeated Esposito Chiropractor to win the Pee- Wee Senior division Championship. There was a tie for third between Apex Technical School and Kennedy’s Restaurant.

The Minor division had 10 teams.  The 2003 Minor League Champions were Papa’s Pizza who defeated Plaza King. Tied for third was Lawrence Pharmacy and Tagman. There was a special Minor 9 and 10-year-old traveling team that won 4 games in a row and made it to the Queens Championship. They lost two tough games to finish runner up. The team, which beat them, won 6 in a row to make it to the state championship.

The Major league had 8 teams and was the only division to have a 2 out
of 3 championship series. In extra innings Mocean became the 2003 champions over Knights of Columbus. There was a tie for third place between The Wave and Kidz Playhouse. There was also a Major traveling team that won three games
and finished in the final three of Queens. The Junior Boys had 6 teams. The winner of this division was J. Caiazzo Plumbing and Heating who had an undefeated season.  The runner-up was Rockaway Little League Mookie’s Men. The Junior Boys traveling team was put together very quickly. They won two games and finished in good style.

The Minor Girls Softball had 7 teams. The champions were Papa’s Pizza who had a great season. The runners up were Cross County Federal Savings. There was a tie for third- Flynn and Flynn and Rockaway Sunset Diner. The Major Girls Softball had 6 teams. The winner of this division was Rockaway Irish Boys C.H. - C.L. and the runner up Pickles ‘N Pies. We had 3 traveling girls all star teams- Minor 9 and 10 year old, Major 11 and 12 year old, and Junior 13 and 14. They are improving every year. 

Rockaway Little League was the proud host to the State Championship 11 and 12-year-old girls Softball. We had 4 teams in the final- Brewster NY, Cornwall NY, Bayshore LI, and Fredonia (Buffalo NY).  Bayshore came from behind to defeat Cornwall NY two games in a row.  We also hosted the City Championship on our fields- the 13 -14 Softball division and the 15-16 Softball division.

I would like to thank all the volunteers for making Rockaway Little
League the best baseball organization in the Tri-State area. We had over 70
teams ages 4 to 14. I would also like to thank our many sponsors and we encourage everyone to support and frequent them. I would also like to thank Vice-President Rick Ehersman, Field Mantenince manager Danny Stroke, Concession organizer Mike Cerrone, and Umpire in Chief Tommy Boggiano. There are countless volunteers who have helped and cannot all be named here, but know who you are and thank you all. We are looking forward to the 2004 Season, which will be Rockaway Little League’s 50th Anniversary. We wish everyone a great winter, and all the kids good luck in the upcoming school season.

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