2010-05-28 / Sports

Rockaway Little League Baseball Weekly News

The inaugural season of the Rockaway Little League’s Challenger Division has been very successful. Without the donations from many local charities and individuals, kids who have mental or physical challenges would not have been able to play little league. They have been given an athletic forum via the Challenger Division.

In last week’s game, Tommy Ryan launched one over the fence for the first ever Rockaway Little League Challenger grand slam home run, sending his teammates Kya Ghyll, Kirsten McMahon and Ed Gilmartin home.

Ryan’s teammates Joe Orban, Patrrick Carroll, Jeffrey Resnick, Emily Hutton, Patrick Tritschler and Salena Lanza cheered them on. Not to be outdone, the opposition also played well, with great hits and catches from Denise Kiernan, Terence Burke, Paul Fitzpatrick, Liz Sena, Heather Huber, Farrell Blum, Nicole Figueroa, Jennifer Romano, Niku Santiago, Danny Dory, Paul DeVicenzo, and Tyrei Duncan.

Roses’ Reds beat the Monavie Orioles by a score of 17-5 on Sunday. Alphonse Catanese was a hitting machine going 2 for 4 with 3 RBIs. Patrick Watters put the game away with a single that brought home 2 for the Big Red Machine.

The pitching combination of TJ Powderly, Robbie Rose and John Moran shut down the mighty Orioles. Timmy Connolly and Sal Lalumia continue to get the big hits when needed for the Reds. The Orioles attack was lead by Tommy Collins, Jake Murphy, Matt Meade and James Lunny.

Kevin Connelly and Dylan Abernathy made some great defensive plays on the infield. After the game, frazzled Orioles coach Matt Meade said he couldn’t wait for the coaches’ softball game on May 28.

The F.C. Gerlach Braves swept a home-and-home series from the Vintage Abstract Cubs. On Thursday, Braves’ ace Meghan King struck out five of the first 10 batters as her mates raced out to an 8-4 lead. Haley Henry had two hits and Emma Knox scored three times.

Cassie Moriarty had a triple to spark a third inning rally. Cubs pitcher Ginna Davan did an admirable job keeping her team in the game. A furious last-inning rally plated seven runs and forged the 14-11 final. Morgan Koenig had a bases-loaded double and Katie King a bases-loaded triple in the last at bat. Kelly Davan had four hits.

On Saturday, it was the Braves who put up a seven spot in their last at bat, breaking open a tie game to win 17-11. Moriah Ortiz, Julia Falcone and Meghan King had run-scoring hits to make a winning pitcher of Morgan Mack.

Melissa Piccone and Ginna Davan (3 runs scored) hit triples for the Cubs.

The PeeWee Girls Jr. Division T. Moriarty & Son Inc. Rays had a great game versus the Sorensen Trust Orioles this past Sunday. Flawless fielding by third basemen Catherine Lunny and Valentina Massoni, second basemen Mollie Abernathy and Jackie Piccione and first baseman Beth Dunn held the opposition from scoring.

The Kindergarten crew continues to improve with each game. Samantha Ostrander, Fiona Mullen, Katey Celentano and Charlotte and Caroline Spaeth each went 3 for 3 and kept the runs coming in.

The Pee Wee Senior Diamondbacks continue their hold on first place. They are 5-0-1, behind the shutout pitching of Jack Lindon, Daniel Schluger and Chris McElhinney. They have been bolstered offensively by Dean Hanrahan, Sean Sullivan and Jack Sullivan.

Friday, May 28 will see the first coaches’ softball game that is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. Coaches plan to square off on the field for bragging rights before moving on to a nearby facility to analyze the game pitch by pitch while arguing over several close calls and eventually digressing to a classic Mets vs. Yankees argument.

The Rockaway Jetty Giants have hit their stride as they have rolled off three straight wins and find themselves near the top of Minor Boys Division. First, the Giants swept the Harbor Light Dodgers, beating them 6-1 and 11-5 Wednesday and Friday last week with great pitching by Josh Zweifler, Joe Braskey, Luca Bartoli, Brendan Vazquez and Mike Mure. Noel Van Parys gave quality innings while playing catcher and laid down a perfect bunt in the second game against the Dodgers.

Tim Moran broke out with an inside the park grand slam, Brendan Vazquez delivered his most clutch hit of the season in a key early moment as he drove in two with a frozen rope to right field, and Ryan O’Reilly unloaded on a pitch that was the hardest hit ball of the season and his first extra base hit. Joe Braskey provided a scoreless final inning on the mound for the Giants topping off the Giants’ 18-2 victory.

Rockapulco Series Begins

The Rockapulco Summer Series will begin their annual run series on June 3 at 7 p.m. The 2010 Summer Series will consists of a quarter mile, mile and 5K runs on the boardwalk, which will begin at Beach 95 Street and is open to all people of all ages.

The Rockapulco Summer Series will continue on Thursday, June 17 and June 24 with the John McManus Run. On July 1, the Bert Robbins Run will take place. The Summer Series will resume on July 8 with the CHSAA Past, Present and Future Run. The Bob Davan Run will begin on July 15 and the grand finale of the series will be held on Friday evening, July 23, with the Pete Lovett-Rockapulco Run.

Runners will have finale will involve registration to win shirts, awards and following the completion of the run, a post race party will take place.For more information, call 917-287-7280.

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