Rockaway Little League Season Swings Into Full Gear
The Rockaway Little League got off to a blazing start last week, thanks to an incredible opening day schedule that included more than one thousand people participating in the league’s first annual parade and festivities.
Congressman Anthony Weiner, State Senator Malcom Smith, Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, and Councilman Eric Ulrich all attended the special day and promised to continue their support of the league.
One of the many highlights in a day full of highlights was the league’s first game ever in the new Challenger Division. Kids with physical challenges who might not be able to participate in the regular divisions of the league had a “league of their own” and were cheered on by hundreds of little leaguers and their parents.
Little leaguers also saw the dedication of the league’s new flagpole, and viewed many of the new amenities the league has worked on for this season. Prior to the start of the season, volunteers poured concrete for a new walkway, built brand new bathrooms, painted the clubhouse, installed new benches, and improved the five baseball fields. On opening day, fields were dressed in red, white and blue bunting.
Weiner, Pheffer and Ulrich took turns starting the day’s games by throwing out ceremonial first pitches to kids from different divisions. Witnesses said that Weiner’s and Pheffer’s pitches tended to curve to the left while Ulrich’s veered right, but they agreed that that was to be expected. Each of the elected officials took home specially designed commemorative baseballs. The Pee Wee Senior division Dodgers, sponsored by Orlow and Orlow, started their season with a 6-2 win. Stars of the game included David Berman (2 RBIs), Connor Bradwisch (2 for 2), and Cooper Nagle (double and RBI). Gerard McManus, Parker Starr and Bradwisch all pitched well, allowing only two runs.
The Pee Wee Senior Braves, sponsored by Lynbrook Sterling Optical, dropped their first game, but hitting stars included Billy Reyes, Daniel Green, Connor Naus and Jack Mullally. Naus started off the league’s first triple play of the season by catching a pop fly and starting the relay that ended with opponents being caught off both first and second base. Matthew Dyer did a great job catching and Shawn O’Keefe and Michael Light played well in the field.
As of press time, the following teams were undefeated: Pee Wee Senior F.C. Gerlach & Co. Reds, Pee-Wee Senior Orlow and Orlow Dodgers, Minor Girls U & I Mechanical Reds, Major Girls F.C. Gerlach & Co. Braves, Minor Boys Monavie Orioles, Major Boys Robin Shapiro Realty Braves, and the Junior Boys VIP Fire Sprinklers Mariners.
Coaches are reminded to hand in their news and game notes in the clubhouse for inclusion in the league’s weekly column here in The Wave.