2011-04-29 / Sports

National Pitch, Hit And Run Contest At RLL This Weekend


Brittany Connelly wielded a big stick for the Braves in a 10-3 win over the Angels. Brittany Connelly wielded a big stick for the Braves in a 10-3 win over the Angels. Your son or daughter can pitch, hit and run his or her way to the Major League All-Star Game in Phoenix this summer by winning the National Pitch, Hit and Run Contest.

It begins this Saturday afternoon at 5 p.m. in Fort Tilden.

Players compete in four age groups: 7/8, 9/10, 11/12, and 13/14. Girls compete in a softball division and boys compete in a baseball division. To sign up, contact Tom Alcock of Rockaway Little League at sahmcock@veri zon.net or 718-309-8564 (c) or 718-945- 6680 (h). The competition is free. Your child does not need to be registered in Little League to compete in the Pitch, Hit and Run contest. Knox and Madison Efron also drove in a run apiece.

The Pee Wee Senior division played in foggy conditions Tuesday night. Despite the pea soup, pitchers for the A.O.H. Division 21 Athletics and the Denis S. O’Connor Rays had no trouble finding the strike zone. The teams battled to a 4-4 tie. Mikey McManus, Mike Light and Jack Ward chucked well in support of the Rays’ total team effort.

The competition measures players’ ability in three fundamental areas of the game. For the Pitch, each competitor receives six attempts to hit the designated strike zone. Each strike is worth 75 points. The Hit measures distance and accuracy. Each player gets three swings off a batting tee, hitting the ball as far to centerfield as possible. The Run measures each player’s speed from second base to home plate.

The top three players in each age group advance to the sectional competition. The national semi-finals are held in Major League ballparks, including Citi Field and Yankee Stadium. National finalists will receive an all-expense paid trip to the All-Star Game. Closer to home, a few of our team squeezed in regular season games between the holidays and the wet weather.

A chilly, windy evening last Thursday, the F.C. Gerlach Braves’ offense remained hot, scoring five runs in each of the third and fourth innings to defeat the Moriarty and Son Angels 10-3 and remain undefeated 3-0 in the Major Girls division. The Braves’ bats were lead by Lauren Durante, Annie Velluzzi and Britney Connolly who, combined, had 7 hits in 11 at bats, scoring four runs and driving in four runs.

Jenny Fahy picked up her first win of the season going four innings with Renee Simos going the last two for the save. The Braves were backed up with stellar defense by second baseman Samantha Rom who had two putouts and two assists. The Angels were led by Marina Cregan who threw a complete game and ripped an RBI double. Emma

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