2011-05-20 / Sports

RLL Plans All-Star Celebration; Four Teams Undefeated

A pitcher from Allstate Insurance Giants does his best Bob Gibson imitation. A pitcher from Allstate Insurance Giants does his best Bob Gibson imitation. This year, everyone is an All Star. The “mid-season classic,” which has been moved to June 4, will be a leaguewide festival that includes free food, charity softball games, carnival rides and the Dunk Tank Challenge.

DJ Teddy will be the master of ceremonies. In addition to traditional All Star games in the six competitive divisions, the charity softball games will feature a showdown between USMC and U.S. Army teams. Meanwhile, at the real midpoint to the regular season, four teams remain undefeated, led by the 7-0 Harbor Light Dodgers and the 6-0 DJ’s at Work Reds.

In a battle for first place in Minor Boys, the Dodgers (7-0) eked out a 6-5 win on Saturday against the Orlow Firm Marlins (4-2). The Marlins grabbed an early 3-0 lead behind the hitting of Jack Casey, who ripped a triple and a single to drive in 3 of the 5 Marlin runs. Terrell Gillings, Max Brown, John Resker and David Berman also contributed to the Marlins offense with hits.

The Marlins led 4-3 after five innings, but the Dodgers roared back in the bottom of the inning with three runs, led by Chris Koenig, who belted a two-run homer. Kevin Erhard and John Schilling also added singles to cap off the three-run rally.

Meanwhile, the F.C. Gerlach Jays (5- 2) moved into second place in the division after topping the Walsh Properties Twins. A tight pitching duel ensued as Joe Braskey threw two innings of shutout ball for the Jays and Timmy Connolly (9 K’s) followed with three innings of one-run ball. They were matched by the duo of Terence Strehl and Brian McDonald for the Twins.

The game was tied 2-2 entering the top of the sixth inning when the Jays broke it open scoring eight runs, highlighted by an RBI triple from Timmy Connolly, an RBI single from Danny Morales, and a grand slam from Timmy Moran, his second HR of the day to go along with 6 RBIs. Donato DiGiacomo took the hill in the bottom of the sixth and closed out the win for the Jays.

Rose’s Reds beat the All State Insurance Giants by a score of 9-5. The Big Red Machine jumped out to a 5-1 lead on clutch hitting by Robbie Rose and Tyler Strika. The Giants mounted a furious comeback on HRs by Liam Malsy and Brendan Gallagher to bring the Giants within one run but the Reds’ John Moran put the game away with a three-run homer in the sixth inning. For the Reds, Timmy Savastano pitched the last frame for the save and Jack Brandes called a great game from behind home plate. Dylan Abernathy pitched three strong innings for the Giants.

Last Saturday’s Friends of Weiner Marlins vs. Lynbrook Sterling Optical Jays Tee Ball game was a thriller from beginning to end, with the Jays scoring so often that the scoreboard (and parents) couldn’t keep up. The Jays were powered offensively by big strokes from Matthew Stack, Billy Benoit, Grace Carlin, Paul Burke, Lauren Schwach and James Youssef. On the defensive side, Dylan Travers, Dylan Tuhoey, Jared Garcia, Christopher Marrone, Finnian Sullivan and Maeve Carlin fielded their positions.

Harrison Rosenhaus fielded numerous ground balls all over the field, and Carnel Gutierrez showed himself to be the classic 2-way player, fielding his own batted ball! The Jays expect several players to get called up to Pee-Wee Juniors next year and are anxiously awaiting the playoffs.

The Pee Wee Senior Reds defeated the Pirates 10-6. The Reds attack was led by Tom Resker who went 3 for 3 with 2 doubles. James Resker tripled and had two hits, as did Colin Byrne and Ryan Gibson. Daniel Endall and Liam McIvor hit two-run home runs for the Pirates in a losing cause.

The Minor Girls Lichtenstein Athletics are progressing and gaining confidence as the season moves forward. Kate Wrynn, Kathleen Walker and Katie Hogg (the latter two having some fantastic victory dance moves), played very well fielding and at bat. Lizzy Meringolo continues to perform well at third base, while first time pitchers Mary Haley and Margaret Murray are performing well. The rest of the team continues to work hard and has a great attitude.

The Sportography Reds beat the A’s 14-13, but both teams had a great time and are learning more and more as the weeks go on. The Reds and Athletics played two more last week with the former picking up two more wins. Athletic Maggie Brady did very well covering left and third, making an out at third. Angela Rodriguez played it smart at bat, scoring twice on her walks. Marie- Elise Piccione picked up an RBI single in the third. The Reds were stronger at bat, though, and took the 14-9 victory.

On May 15 the Reds were even tougher for the short-handed A’s. Kathleen Walker stood out for the Lions with plays at first base and at bat. She had two hits and two RBIs. Gianna Grillo worked hard covering a deep shortstop and with a nice hit, pushing in Maggie Brady and Kate Wrynn to score. The bats for the Reds were fired up again giving them the 15-6 win. Many thanks to the great parents for helping out.

In Pee Wee Girls action, the Margaret Sorensen Trust Orioles experienced tripleheader action this past week. In game one against the F.C. Gerlach Rays, Jennifer Quagliariello dominated the infield at shortstop, letting nothing pass her by. Fiona Mullen was also a Golden Glove contender at first base. Jillian Schneider opened up the second inning with a power hit down the third base line, followed by a single from Caitlin Moran.

Game two continued with a line-up of strong bats from a full team on Saturday against the Sands Point Dodgers. Alexandra Conaboy and Alexa Giambra started off the game with two power singles and Keira Rodkin continued the streak with a line-drive past the pitcher. Maeve Murnan finished off the inning with an amazing hit to clear the bases. Game three proved just as exciting as the Orioles faced the Rays once again. Katey Celentano, batting cleanup, did just that.

With the bases loaded, Celentano had a hit to left field that kept the Rays running, but not before the grand slam was recorded in the books. Fiona Mullen and Sophia Keeler kept the bats alive, while Maria Morley secured the infield. The Rays met the challenge with power hitters Coleen Bambury and Megan Powderly. Lauren Tubridy and Sarah Haley did fantastic jobs in the infield.

DIAMOND DUST – RLL Night at the Cyclones is June 25. Contact Rich Mills (917-670-7181) for ticket info ... Find out how you can better support and teach your player. Check out www.responsiblesports.com ... For updates and standings go to www.rockawaylittleleagueny.com ... Will it ever stop raining?

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