Rockaway District 27 Little League Champions
On Saturday, July 17 the Rockaway Little League Junior Boys (13-14 years old) became the Champions of District 27. The Rockaway All Stars went undefeated in the tournament, beating the Ozone Park/Howard Beach team for the title.
The Rockaway All Stars had Mike Abrams on the mound to start the game and Ozone Park/Howard Beach jumped out to a two run lead. The Rockaway All Stars then rallied in the bottom of the inning with walks to Matthew Piccione and Dennis Dunne, followed by a home run by their team captain, Jake Erhard, to deep right center field (which hit the tractor) to give the team the lead 3-2.
In the top of the fifth with Rockaway leading the game 6-4, Abrams reached his limit of pitches and Chris Cole was called in to pitch. Cole finished the fifth and sixth innings with minimal pitches.
In the seventh inning Ozone Park/ Howard Beach loaded the bases and the Rockaway All Stars brought in Dennis Dunne to try to stop the rally. Ozone Park/Howard Beach‘s CJ Cooke struck out and then Richie Lebran doubled to clear the bases and tie the game. Dunne finished the inning with a strikeout.
Rockaway had their fourth, fifth, and sixth coming to the plate and they did not disappoint. With one out Mike Abrams hit a triple followed by a blast to straight away centerfield by Anthony Auletta which bounced over the fence, giving their team the win.
The Rockaway All Stars were the Champions of District 27. They were given the flag and they all did a lap around the field. “These boys play well together and are having fun,” said Coach Rob. “They worked hard to be where they are today,“ he continued.
“These kids are so much fun and very respectful, not just to the game but to others. They deserve everything they accomplished and each kid, whether he knows it or not, contributes in his own way to this team. This is baseball and they are having fun,” said Coach Matthew.
The president of Rockaway Little League, Martin Andresen, was so happy for these boys that he congratulated each one personally and then thanked the coaches for all their time and dedication to the Rockaway Little League. The road will get tougher as they go into Section 5 - New York Metro.
Their first game will be in Staten Island at New Springville Little League against Staten Island at 5:30 pm on Saturday, July 24