2005-09-02 / Sports

Rockaway Little League Completes 51st Banner Season

By Keith Andresen

Rockaway Little League has just completed its 51st season. We had 66 teams, with a thousand boys and girls ages 4-14.

In the T-Ball division (4-5 year olds) we had 7 teams: Total Builders Inc., Sunset Diner, Brown’s Hardware, Charlie Heeran-Chris Lawler Beach Boys, Papa’s Pizza, Peninsula Hospital, and Mirkin Vision Care. These young players are the future of the Rockaway Little. Each T-Ball player received an all-star shirt and trophy. There were 20 players to a team.

In PeeWee Jr. (5-6 year olds) the coaches pitch. The teams in this division were: Walsh Properties, Rockaway Chamber of Commerce, Busy Bee Learning Center, Lawrence Pharmacy, Chestnut Station Realty, Long Beach Surgical Supply, Papa’s Pizza, American Legion Post#272, Rockaway Rugby, Nickelson’s Nine, and The Wave. All of these players also received an all-star shirt and a trophy.

The PeeWee Sr. division (7-8 year olds) allows for the player to pitch for the first time. The teams in this division were: Boardwalk Bagel and Deli, East Meets West, Buckley’s, V&B Auto, Beach Club, and Harbor Optics. The two third place teams were Ridgewood Savings Bank and Trieber-Roberts. The runner up in the exciting championship game was Storage Place. The PeeWee Sr. Champions of 2005 was Trident Marine Surveyors.

The Minors Boys division (9-10 year old) consisted of 9 teams: Breezy Point Lumber, Pickles ‘n Pies, Cross County, Fenner & Gravitz, Kennedy’s. The two third place teams were Plum Tomatoes and Long Beach Surgical. The runner up was Animal Hospital of the Rockaways. The Minor League Champions were Harbor Light.

The Major Boys division (11-12 year olds) consisted of 8 teams: Esposito Chiropractor, Litchenstein Lions, Apex Technical School, Joe DeMarco and John Cuneen Sluggers. The two third place teams were Tracy Real Estate and Lawrence Pharmacy. The runner up was V.I.P. Fire Prevention, and the Major Boys champions were Harbor Optics.

Minor Girls (7,8,9 year olds) was made up of 5 teams: Shape Up Ladies Fitness, Lawrence Pump Corp., Kids Playhouse. The runner up in the exciting extra-inning game was Frank’s Carpentry. The champions for the Minor Girls were J & E Industrial.

The Major Girls (10, 11, 12 year olds) was made up of 6 teams: Caiazzo Plumbing, and Beach Club. The two third place teams were Flynn & Flynn and Walsh Properties. The runner up was DoorMax and the champions were Lawrence Pump Corp.

The Junior Girls division (13, 14, 15 year olds) consisted of 4 teams: Papa’s Pizza, ATP Insurance. The runner up was George’s Florist and the champions were The Gift is Love.

The Junior Boys (13, 14 year olds) division consisted of 4 teams: Knights of Columbus and Beach Bagels. The runner up was Mocean, and the champions were All-State Insurance.

Every division had an All-Star game in which every player received an all-star shirt. We also had traveling All-Stars. The 9 and 10 year old boys made it to the Queens Championship and finished runner up for District 27. The 11 year old Boys made it to the Queens Championship and lost game 1, won game 2 4-3 in 10 innings and lost the final game 2-1 in the bottom of the 6th inning.

The 12 year old Boys won two games and finished in the Final Four of Queens. The 13-14 year old Girls lost a few games to the Ridgewood Glendale-Middle Village. We had a very special 9-10 year old Girls team that won the Queens Championship. This is the first time the Girls captured the Queens Championship Flag.

The Little League fields are coming along in fine shape thanks to Marty Andresen, Rick Ehresman, Danny Stroke, and John Duggan. Marty Andresen, the president of the Rockaway Little League, would also like to thank all the parents, friends, and volunteers of the league but most importantly the thousand plus children of the league. He would also like to thank District 27 and Gateway National Recreation Area. Through his 32 years of being involved in Rockaway Little this has been one of the best years overall in all aspects of Little League baseball.

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