2008-07-04 / Sports

Late Turnaround Sparks Flynn&Flynn To Little League Championship

The 2008 champion Flynn and Flynn team; Meredith Connelly, Julia Falcone, Jackie Gillen, Kimberly Keane, Catherine Muldoon, Catherine "Cat" Murphy, Becky O'Connor, Alexis O'Connor, Ashley Raaf, Maegen Reed, Kaelin Rivera, Felicia Saucedo, Judith Wanderer, Sophia Zweifler, Stephanie Zwirn, and coaches Bill Murphy and Jim Hurley. The 2008 champion Flynn and Flynn team; Meredith Connelly, Julia Falcone, Jackie Gillen, Kimberly Keane, Catherine Muldoon, Catherine "Cat" Murphy, Becky O'Connor, Alexis O'Connor, Ashley Raaf, Maegen Reed, Kaelin Rivera, Felicia Saucedo, Judith Wanderer, Sophia Zweifler, Stephanie Zwirn, and coaches Bill Murphy and Jim Hurley. The Girls of Flynn&Flynn enjoyed a rather tumultuous regular season, winning five of their ten games losing, at least once, to each of the other three teams in the Rockaway Little League Major Girls Softball Division.

Flynn&Flynn had mediocre attendance at practices and games, which played a large part in our .500 regular season, In only one regular season game did the team have a 100% attendance.

The post-season play-off and championship games sparked a renewed commitment toward practice and game responsibility as the girls heeded the coaches' instructions pep talks. It gave confidence to the girls and the results showed with positive results in the field and at the bat.

In the first playoff game against J and E Industries, Flynn&Flynn gave a 100% effort is they out-fielded and outscored J&E for a 13-4 win.

The next game was the start of a best of three series against #1 seed Seaway Marine Corp. on June 24. The series started with 14 girls of Flynn &Flynn hungry for a win. To the delight of her teammates, coaches and family, Kimberly Keane swung the bat and connected with two RBI's to shock Seaway.

Her effort spirited Flynn &Flynn to a 12-6 win.

The second game of the series was held on June 26 and to the delight of coaches Bill Murphy and Jim Hurley, the entire Flynn&Flynn team were present and itching to win the series.

Seaway held a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the third inning but they could not withstand the explosive bats of the opposition.

Flynn exploded for seven runs with Ashley Raaf, Becky O'Connor, Maegan Reed, Jackie Gillen, Cat Murphy just a few of the players providing the big offense.

By the top of the fifth inning, Flynn's 18-8 lead was enough to invoke the mercy rule, which then crowned the team the Major Girls Championship.

Family and friends was on hand, including former teammates Becky Resner, Kyra Meli and last year's sponsor Rich Resner to congratulate the team on their accomplishment.

Congratulations and best wishes go to our high school bound gals; Jackie Gillen (pitcher) Becky O'Connor (1B), Ashley Raaf (SS), Maegan Reed (3B), Felicia Saucedo (Catcher) and Judith Wanderer (LF). They are a great and zany bunch and the team will miss them.

Flynn&Flynn would like to thank the parents who helped out and showed support. For the sixth year in a row, the coaching duo of Bill Murphy and Jim Hurley continued their impressive run of winning another championship.

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