Rockaway Little League Finishes 50th Banner Season
By Marty Andresen
Rockaway Little League finished its 50th anniversary Season this year. We had a draft for the first time, which went very well. It will get better with the more experience we have with it. This year, we had 65 teams and over 1,000 boys and girls. The divisions with ages and teams were as follows: T-Ball (4-5) 7 teams, Pee Wee Junior, where coaches pitch (5-6) 13 teams, Pee Wee Senior, where players pitch (7-8) 10 teams, Minor Girls (8-9-10) 8 teams, Minor Boys (9-10) 10 teams, Major Boys (11-12) 8 teams, Major Girls (11-12-13) 6 teams, Junior Boys (13-14) 4 teams.
The playoffs were very competitive all around. George Leonard and Jimmy O’Connor coached the Junior Boys championship team. They led them to a second place finish in the regular season and brought them to win the championship in the playoffs. The Wave won the Major Boys division. They finished 4th place in the regular season. They went all the way to the championship and an in upset defeated Plaza King.
The Gift is Love coached by Barbara King defeated Papa’s Pizza to win the Major Girls division for Barbara’s first championship win. The Minor Girl’s champion were Papa’s Pizza who defeated runner up Flynn and Flynn. The Minor Boy’s undefeated Breezy Point Lumber won the championship defeating Apex Technical. The PeeWee Senior playoff games were all won by one run. The actual championship final score in this division was 3-1 with Rockaway Rugby taking the win to complete an undefeated season. The second place PeeWee Senior team was Trident Marine. The PeeWee Junior and T-Ball did not have playoffs but all had a great season. They are the future of our league and the teams exhibited great talent and sportsmanship.
Thanks to all the coaches and volunteers who helped out this season especially Rick Ehersman, Danny Stroke, Marlyn Miley, Christine Suslak, Karen and Billy Erhard and Regina Carey. I would also like to thank the umpires and the Umpire in Chief Ralph. Special thanks also goes to Gateway National Parks Recreation Area Fort Tilden personnel Justin and Rita.
We had special events on the field this year. It included the 11year old Girls State Championship, which was the first ever held in Little League history. The teams were Ridgewood-Glendale-Middle Village, Syracuse, East Meadow, and Pearl River. The winner was East Meadow.
We also had the 13-14 year old Girls State Championship. The teams were Buffalo, Ridgewood-Glendale-Middle Village, Pearl River, and Long Beach. Long Beach won the championship. I would like to thank all the umpires and people who helped with these events, especially Harold Weisman, Donna Martin, Chris Rivera, Debbie and Linda.
We are going to have a 50th Year celebration next year. We also had a great clinic-camp this year. The MetroCadets- Charlie, Melinda and staff ran it. Over 100 plus Boys ages 4-13 participated in this during the first two weeks of August. Next year this program will expand with the addition of Girls Softball. Have a great winter and see you in March for signups for the 2005 season.