2011-05-13 / Sports

Major Girls Swing Big Lumber In A Pair Of Comeback Wins

A’s All Around: The Minor Girls Athletics looked sharp in the field. A’s All Around: The Minor Girls Athletics looked sharp in the field. Pitchers beware! The weather warmed last week and the bats were smoking hot in the Rockaway Little League Major Girls division.

In a big comeback the Moriarty and Son Angels beat the Vintage Abstract Cubs last Tuesday night. Cubs’ pitcher Marina Cregan started the game with a lead off home run. The Cubs quickly fought back with a 10-1 lead after the bottom of the second inning. With strong batting from Lauren Peters (3 RBIs) and Marina Cregan and with Sam Matthews going 3-for-3 the Angels grabbed a one-run lead in the fifth inning.

Erika Sorrenson and Kalyn Marrero made key plays in the field, holding back the Cubs’ strong offense. Cassie Moriarity was solid overall at first base and at bat. Outstanding plays were made by Cubs pitcher Emma Meade and third baseman Mariah Ortiz to go with great hitting by Mollie Breslin. At the end of six, the Angels won 15-11 after a very exciting game.

Home Onto Your Hat: Rowan Powers-Velasquez scores for the Reds. Home Onto Your Hat: Rowan Powers-Velasquez scores for the Reds. Meanwhile the F. C. Gerlach Braves’ bats remained hot as they increased their record to 4-0 with an 18-12 win over the Cubs. The win featured excellent play by the Braves youngsters and veterans. Veteran Melissa Piccione belted two home runs, drove in four 4, including a three-run shot in the fourth inning.

Youngster Meagan McGinn picked up her first win of the season. Jackie Banker had a single and scored two runs. The offense also received support from Theresa O’Connor who ripped a double, single and scored twice. The defensive gem of the game was made by Nicole Donnelly, with a game ending double play. The Cubs loaded the bases with one out when Nicole caught a high pop up and alertly ran and tagged second base. The Cubs belted two home runs of their own – a solo shot by Kelly Davan and a tworun shot by Jalexia Dejesus. Moriah Ortiz contributed with two doubles, an RBI and two runs scored.

In Minor Boys, the Allstate Insurance Giants were also hitting the long ball. Brendan Gallagher (2), Liam Malsy and Gavin Rogers all went out of the yard as the Giants notched their first win of the season, 13- 5 against the Orion Orioles. Terrence Moriarty hit a triple for the Giants who batted around the fifth inning to break the game open. Dylan Abernathy and Brendan Gallagher pitched for the Giants. They received fine support in the field from John Mullen.

In earlier action, in an exciting back and forth game the Walsh Properties Twins and Orion Orioles finished in an 8-8 tie. The Orioles took a 1-0 lead in the first with a bases loaded walk. The Twins came back to load the bases in the bottom half of the inning with walks to Anthony Markle and Brian MacDonald sandwiched around a Jack Mullally single. Christian Appel then hit a two-run double down the third base line and Bryan Bostwich walked with the bases loaded after a walk to Danny Chavez to score the third run of the inning.

In the second inning, Kevin Newman was stranded on third after hitting a one-out triple. The O-Os had some timely hits and scored four runs in the top of the third to take a 5-3 lead. But the Twins quickly responded with a two-run homer by starting pitcher Terence Strehle (two innings of one-run ball) to tie the game, and a two-run homer by Jack McDade to take a 7-5 lead.

The Orioles bounced back with two runs in the fourth to tie the game. But Strehle came to bat with the based loaded and drove in the go ahead run with a knock to first base. In the final inning, the Orioles were able to get even and the game ended in an 8-8 tie.

At the top of the standings, the Harbor Light Pub Dodgers had a perfect 5-0 record going into Monday’s show-down with the F.C. Gerlach Jays. Check back next week for results.

In Major Boys, the Orioles Monavie Orioles gave the first place Marlins all they could handle in an 11-9 thriller. Tommy Collins went yard to lead off the fifth with the Orioles’ first home run of the season. In the end, the Orioles stayed undefeated. A few days later, the Henry Myers Plumbing and Heating Rockies gave the Marlins their first blemish, knotting them 3-3 in another thriller. Shawn Griffin scored three runs and pitched a scoreless sixth inning for the Rocks. Keith Servello pitched five great innings only giving up three runs. The Rockies played with only seven players. The rolling Rockies then dispensed with the Orioles 11-3. Griffin hit a grand slam over the centerfield fence and pitched 4 great innings.

In Pee Wee Seniors, the A.O.H. Division 21 A’s defeated the Wave Publishing Pirates, 10-7. The A’s scored 5 times in the second inning to open an 8-2 lead. The Pirates fought back with four the next inning but the A’s never relinquished the lead. James Tuohey had three hits for the Athletics. The Pirates’ attack was highlighted by Jason Moore’s two-run home run. In other action, the Quik Fund Mortgage Marlins knocked off the previously unbeaten American Legion Post 272 Braves, 7-1, who fell back into a virtual tie with the 4-0 DJ’s at Work Reds. The Reds beat the Sconzo Jays, 9-1.

Diamond Dust: Last Friday night, Rockaway Little League hosted the local edition of Major League Baseball’s Pitch, Hit and Run contest. The winners by division were Boys 7/8-Ian Byrne; Girls 7/8- Kaysea Jenkusky; Boys 9/10-James Resker; Boys 11/12- Aiden Gallagher; Boys 13/14-Frank Petrosino; and Girls 13/14-Kaitlin Courtney.

These six players advance to the sectional competition on May 22 in Garden City. If any of them finish in the top three at sectionals, they will advance to the Team Championship round at Citi Field or Yankee Stadium. For full results from last week, check out RLL’s monthly newsletter, The Score. Download it at www.rockawaylittle leagueny.com.

The second and final Picture Day is tomorrow May 14. Consult the RLL web site for the schedule and to register.

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