Sorrentino Plays Host To HealthPlus Queens Little League
By Miriam Rosenberg
"We have T-ballers up to age 15- 16," said Stan Brown the league's borough coordinator from the Sorrentino Recreation Center in Far Rockaway, the home for the league's Queens division.
Brown said there are 150 young people taking part in the Queens division this year. In addition, there are 24 coaches and assistants working with the children. "Most of the youngsters are from Rockaway," continued Brown. "Some are from Jamaica, Brooklyn and the Bronx."
The program consists of T-ballers (ages 5 to 8), sub-bantam and bantam (9 to 12) and junior (13 to 15).
"There are two T-ball teams, four on the 9 to 12 and four on the 13 to 15," explained Brown. "There are 15 on each team."
The Nationals, coached by Keith Bradford of the 9 to 12 age group, are currently in first place in the Queens division. The Braves, coached are in first place for the junior group.
"It gives them something to do on weekends and practice during week," said Al Moore, a coach for the Royals of the 9 to 12 age group.
The Queens championships will take place on August 12 and the winners in each division will move on to the citywide championships on August 19.
All games take place at O'Donohue Park in Far Rockaway, on Beach 17 Street on Saturday mornings.
Last year, over 1,400 young athletes participated on 98 teams in 13 parks throughout the city. The first pitch of the season was on June 24th.