Big Week Ahead For RLL ... If The Sun Ever Comes Out
For Rockaway Little League, the coming week will be bounded by American tradition: the Memorial Day parade on Monday and a league-wide All Star Gala on Saturday ... if Mother Nature will finally give us a break.
In between the rain drops, some great baseball games were played last week. In Major Boys, the first place Coastal Real Estate Marlins (7-1-1) edged the Bartoli Chiropractic A’s 5-4 in a walk off. James Corrigan doubled home Aiden Gallagher with the winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning. It was Corrigan’s third RBI and second double of the game.
Christopher Gallagher also swung a good bat for the Marlins, who also got good glove work from first baseman Ryan Dougherty and leftfielder Daniel Ojerant. Jon Allcock started for the Marlins and Aiden Gallagher closed. Their pitching was matched inning for inning by the mound work of Athletics Jack Bambury and Eric Potter. Peter Ebert and Jag Guidarelli swung the big bats for the A’s.
In earlier action, the second place Henry Myers Plumbing & Heating Rockies knocked the Marlins from the ranks of the undefeated with a 6-3 win. Gregory Follinger received the game ball for his two-out, two-RBI double. Keith Servello pitched five great innings only allowing 3 runs.
In Major Girls, the F.C. Gerlach Braves all but locked up first place by sweeping two very competitive games in a Sunday doubleheader against the second place T. Moriarty and Son Angels. The Braves won 13-8 in the opener. Each team showed a lot of heart in cold, chilly conditions.
The Angels jumped out to a 6-2 lead after an inning and a half, led by a bases loaded triple by Marina Cregan, scoring Emily Frerks, Cassie Moriarty and Julia Carey, all of whom got on base via walks.
At the end of three innings the Braves clung to a one run lead, 9-8. In the top half of the fourth inning the Braves loaded the bases on a single by Britney Connolly, and a pair of walks to Renee Simos and Annie Velluzzi. Melissa Piccione broke the game open with a grand slam home run. Jenny Fahy pitched the last two innings to pick up the win.
The second game was also close in the early going. The Braves led 4-3 after two innings. The Angels were sparked by Lauren Peters who had an RBI double and scored a run. Nora Meehan also had an RBI single for the Angels. The Braves got some breathing room scratching out four runs in the bottom of the third inning.
Simos, who picked up the win, had an RBI single, scoring Melissa Piccione who earlier singled to drive in Britney Connelly. Theresa O’Connor and Fahy each scored on a bases loaded walk. The Braves defensive stars of the doubleheader were shortstop Meagan McGinn and second baseman Annie Velluzzi as they combined for three put-outs and two assists.
In Minor Boys action, the second place F.C. Gerlach Jays raised their record to 6-2 on Saturday with an 11-10 victory over the Orion Consulting Orioles. The game was a drawn out affair, as both sides struggled to find the strike zone, issuing a combined 29 free passes in a time shortened four-inning game. Four times, the Orioles roared out to a lead, only to have the Jays mount a comeback each time. Griffin Skammel had a single, two steals and three runs scored for the Jays. Donato DiGiacomo also scored three times. Andrew Erhard won it for the Jays with a two-out walk-off double in the bottom of the fourth, bringing in Timmy Connolly from third with the winning run.
Once again, Rockaway Little League will march in the Rockaway Memorial Day parade to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Last year there was a great turnout. Players march in uniform. All meet near St. Francis de Sales school at 11:15 a.m. on Monday.
Slices ‘n Ices Pizzeria has been named the primary sponsor for the first annual All Star Gala.
The event is open to the entire Little League family. No tickets or reservations are required. In addition to the divisional all star games, there will be carnival rides, free food and charity softball games.
The highlight game will be between the Marines and the U.S. Army. There will also be a Dunk Tank Challenge event for the community. Local celebrities have volunteered to be dunked for charity. Bring your fastball!
DIAMOND DUST – RLL Night at the Cyclones is June 25. Contact Rich Mills (917-670-7181) for more ticket information.
For updates and standings go to www.rockawaylittleleagueny.com.