Materna Pitches No Hitter For Junior Boys Orioles
The only other base runner reached first base on an error, and was later caught in a double play. Materna knew he was throwing a no-hitter going into the last inning, but maintained his composure and finished the pitching gem. He received help from first baseman Mike Buckley who snared a line drive and turned it into the double play that ended the game.
The Orioles beat the Cross County Savings Bank Cubs 2-0 behind the diving catches and clutch hitting of Sean Rivera and RBI doubles by Rivera and Matt Piccione.
After two losses during the first four days of May, the girls of F.C. Gerlach & Co. Inc. Braves in the Major Girls Division were sparked to victory. A rainout make-up game was played on Friday, May 7, pitting the Braves against the Vintage Abstract Cubs. Morgan Mack made her pitching debut and proved herself as a girl with great potential for pitching and fielding.
Emma Knox proved herself a formidable adversary as a catcher garnering important outs at the plate. The Cubs started off with strong bats and running the bags for seven runs in the first, but lost some steam in the last five innings as the Braves held them to two additional runs as Meghan King and Cassie Moriarty did a splendid job at first and second.
Offensively, the Braves proved themselves smart at bat with good hits. Meredith Connelly, Mack, King, Haley Henry, Moriarty, and Madison LaLumia all had base hits, scored and drove in runs. Moriarty also hit a home run. Their teamwork and determination gave the Braves a 12-9 victory.
The second victory for the week came to the Braves on Monday, May 10, as they took on the Belle Harbor Bunkettes. King took the mound for the Braves and struck out four and made six fielding outs, while Julia Falcone recorded for four outs covering third. The Bunkettes had a good fourth inning at bat, picking up three runs.
Offensively the Braves had terrific first and fifth innings, picking up nine runs combined. Kyla Tacopina (mistakenly identified as Erin in a photo two weeks ago) had two walks, one hit, two runs and an R.B.I. Stephanie Zwirn, Connelly, Emma Knox, Henry, and King collectively picked up 8 runs in their at bats. Falcone smacked a solo homer to start the sixth.
Mack was forced to leave the game with a knee injury at the top of the second inning. The team wants her to know that their hopes and prayers are with her for a speedy recovery. Missing from both games was Lauren Guidarelli, which made it tougher on the rest of the team. The Braves took the game with a 12-10 win.
The Pee-Wee Senior Lynbrook Sterling Optical Braves continued their winning ways, beating the Gurearra Management Cardinals 18-9, behind the hitting of Billy Reyes, who went 3-3 with a walk and a bases clearing triple among his 5 RBIs.
Reyes shared “game ball” honors with Corey Schwach who had his first RBI of the season, and made two great fielding plays at second base. Other hitting stars included Conor Naus, Sean O’Keefe, Matthew Dyer, Jack Mullally and Jason Moore. Daniel Green pitched, hit and played great defense. He ended the game with a great fielding play with runners on base.