2006-07-28 / Sports

Sorrentino Plays Host To HealthPlus Queens Little League

Queens Division Based At O'Donohue Park
By Miriam Rosenberg Contributing Editor

By Miriam Rosenberg
Contributing Editor

Batter-up! It's the Royals against the Rays, of the 9 to 12 age group, at last Saturday's game.Batter-up! It's the Royals against the Rays, of the 9 to 12 age group, at last Saturday's game. Since June 24, boys and girls from all over the fives boroughs have been taking part in the Health Plus Citywide Youth Baseball League.

"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.

Youngsters from the 9 to 12 year old group, including the first place Nationals gather for a group photo.Youngsters from the 9 to 12 year old group, including the first place Nationals gather for a group photo. The free program, run by Health Plus, the Police Athletic League and the city's Parks and Recreation Department is for boys and girls ages 5 to 12, and boys only, ages 13-15.

"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.


The umpire and Brown join members of the four junior teams just before last week's afternoon games were rained out.The umpire and Brown join members of the four junior teams just before last week's afternoon games were rained out.

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