Ten Little League Teams Enter May With Perfect Records
As the Rockaway Little League season hits full stride, 10 teams survived the April cold and remain undefeated, led by the 5-0 Sconzo & Sconzo Blue Jays in Pee Wee Seniors and the 5-0 Harbor Light Pub Dodgers in Minor Boys.
In the Pee Wee Seniors division, the Sconzo Jays stayed undefeated with a big win over the Slices and Ices Orioles. The frontrunners got outstanding pitching from Cory Davis, Joe Tammaro and Shawn O’Keefe. The Orioles bounced back for their first win last Saturday, topping the Mak Mint Used Cars Dodgers 9-6. It was a very exciting game! The O’s got a lot of hits and good defensive plays in the field.
Timmy Mills pitched great for the first two innings, only allowing one run. He also went 2-for-2 at bat. Aidan Harkins also pitched a great third inning, allowing no runs. Run support came with hits from Greg Tracy, Harry Star, T.J. David, and Josh Montero. The Dodgers rallied in the final inning, scoring five runs. Jason Sebastiano came into a one-out, bases loaded situation to pitch a lights-out final two outs to save the game!
The Wave Publishing Pirates got their first win of the season last Saturday. The short-handed Quik Fund Mortgage Marlins, playing courageously all game, jumped out to an early 4-0 lead behind the shutout pitching of Ian Byrne. The Pirates began their comeback in the fourth inning when TJ Mahoney stroked a two-run single to drive in Corey Schwach and Liam McIvor.
Going into the last inning down 5-2, Daniel Endall of the Pirates walked to start the winning rally. Daniel Green followed with a dash-around-the-bases home run to make it a one-run game.
The Pirates walked to load the bases and TJ Mahoney drove in his third run with another walk. Michael Colleta then came though big with a two-run single again scoring Corey Schwach and Liam McIvor. Daniel Green shut out the Marlins in the fifth and the sixth inning to seal the victory.
In other games, the Jays also topped the Denis S. O’Connor Rays, 11-4, and the DJ’s at Work Reds knocked off the A.O.H Athletics 8-1.
In Minor Boys action, the Orlow Firm Marlins also stayed undefeated at 3-0. The Fish doubled up the Dalton Sea Side Grill White Sox 12-6. Jack Casey, John Resker and Dean Hanrahan led the Marlins hitting attack, combining for five hits and nine RBIs last Saturday. Jacob Mackoff, Connor Bradwisch and David Berman also added one ribbie each. John Resker, David Berman and Jack Casey combined to hold the White Sox to six runs on four hits. The White Sox were led by Rich Hennessey who belted a two-run home run.
The Orion Consulting Orioles and the Walsh Properties Twins played a thriller last Sunday. The O-O’s rallied to tie the game at 7 when Patrick Ford tripled home a run and scored on a single a few seconds later. Jack Allen escaped a bases-loaded jam with only one nick, keeping the Twins within reach. The Orioles managed to knot the game 8-8 in their last at-bat but the Twins would not fall behind. The game ended in a tie.
Both the Cubs and the Orioles remained undefeated in Junior Boys play. The Storage Place Cubs knocked off the Empire Surgical Angels 9-3. Pat Cashin went the distance for the Cubs, scattering seven hits and four walks while yielding only two earned runs. He stuck out four. Jeff Lavin drove in three runs and Joe Savastano plated two with and inside-the-park home run. Cashin and George Clark also had two RBIs. The Angels also fell to the Orioles last weekend in a 17-12 slugfest.
After a two-week hiatus, the Margaret Sorensen Trust Orioles of the Pee Wee Girls division came back, ready to play against the Animal Hospital of the Rockaways Pirates.
Katey Celentano was the lead-off batter, with a single up the middle to start things off. Caitlin Moran followed up with a line drive and Fiona Mullen then loaded the bases. Powerhouse Jennifer Quagliariello drove in the first run of the game, followed by another single by Alexa Giambra to clear the bases. Alexandra Conaboy and Corinne Connelly kept the right side of the field intact with stellar defensive plays, while Jillian Schneider and Sophia Keeler both let nothing by them at shortstop and third base, respectively. Keira Rodkin, on the DL, exemplified great sportsmanship and support of her teammates throughout the game.
Last weekend was the kickoff for the Tee Ball division. The Friends of Weiner Marlins had a spectacular opening day. The offense was fueled by big hits from Matthew Schneider and Peyton Collins, while the defense was secured by big plays in the field by Michael Regan and Hunter Gilhuley.
Diamond Dust: Congressman Anthony Weiner acquired an American flag for Rockaway Little League that was flown over the U.S. Capitol. It will replace our weather-beaten Old Glory in a ceremony this month.
There will be no games this Sunday, in honor of Mother’s Day ... Saturday is the first of our two Picture Days ... All players who sign up in advance will be photographed. Go to www.rockawaylittleleagueny.com for information on Picture Day registration.