Braves Lock Up Major Girls Division
After a wonderful All-Star Gala last Saturday, all Rockaway Little League teams will be jockeying for playoff position this week, except in the Major Girls division where the F.C. Gerlach Braves clinched first place.
It was actually a very competitive week in Major Girls. The Vintage Abstract Cubs rallied for five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to knock off the first place Braves and notch their first win of the season. With the bases loaded and one out the Braves placed their entire team on the infield in an attempt to stop the winning run from scoring. A clean single to right field won the game. Cubs shortstop Moriah Ortiz made two great plays ranging to her left to catch line drives robbing Braves hitters. For the Braves, Meagan McGinn ranged deep in the hole at shortstop and threw to second to Nicole Donnelly for a force play ending a Cubs threat in the fifth inning.
A few days later the Major Girls definitely demonstrated the League’s “Everyone is an All Star” theme as the T. Moriarty and Son Angels beat the Braves 15-11 in an exciting match. What made the game so enjoyable to watch was the emergence of new “stars.” Veterans Knox, Carey, Cregan, Peters, Moriarty, Simos, and Fey all had great games, however eyes were on new talent. The Angel’s Julianna De- Silvia was the lead-off batter. She got on base three times, stole, and rocked a double to bring in several RBIs. In addition she never let one ball get behind her in left field.
Each play was executed perfectly, including a double play in which she caught the ball and threw out a base runner, basically stopping what would usually have been several runs scored by the Braves. Erika Sorenson also had a great game for the Angels. She, too, got on base almost every time up at bat and was flying across the bases, stealing and scoring whenever possible. Two other notable Angels were Nora Meehan, who demonstrated smart at-bats, several times getting on base and running; and it was another nice game for second baseman Emily Frerks. Yet the Angels weren’t the only ones to have new talent. Catcher Nicole Donnally (Braves) pitched for the first time in Majors. She did a great job and you never would have thought that she hadn’t thrown before. Congratulations to all the young talent who are becoming “stars.”
On Sunday, the Braves righted their ship and clinched first place by sweeping a doubleheader against the Cubs, 17-6 and 12-1. Renee Simos struck out six in three innings to get the win in game 1. Jacqueline Banker had two singles, a run scored and an RBI. Annie Velluzzi ran down a would-be double in the gap to hold the runner to a single. Molly Breslin rapped out two hits for the Cubbies. In game 2, Nicole Donnelly got the win for the Braves. Britney Connolly had a double and three RBIs. Jenny Fahy hit a triple. Renee Simos had three assists at shortstop. For the Cubs, Kelly Davan ripped an RBI single and stole the base.
The Wave Publishing Pirates are putting on a late-season surge in Pee Wee Seniors. First the Pirates beat the Denis S. O’Connor Rays 13-7 in an exciting game. With Corey Schwach making his first pitching appearance of the season, the Rays jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead as Dillon Ostrander, Mikey Light and Mikey McManus each collected base hits and scored. With bases loaded and nobody out, Schwach settled down and struck out 3 batters to end the inning.
The Pirates stormed right back in their half of the inning as Daniel Green came to bat with two outs and the bases loaded and hit a screaming one-hopper through the shortstop hole that made it all the way to the fence resulting in a grand slam home run and 4-3 lead for the Pirates. Pitching then took over and the teams traded zeroes for the next several innings with Mikey McManus and Brendan Watters of the Rays and Daniel Green and Jason Moore of the Pirates controlling the batters.
In the bottom of the 4th, the Pirates took an 8-3 lead on walks and a hit batter. The Rays came right back the next inning to make it a one run game at 8-7 as Mikey Light hit a three-run double with the bases loaded followed by another run scoring double by Mikey Mc- Manus. The Pirate’s bats exploded for five runs in the bottom of the fifth to restore the lead as TJ Mahoney, Corey Schwach, Daniel Green, Jason Moore and Daniel Endall all collected big hits.
Daniel Endall then pitched a scoreless final inning to preserve the victory. Daniel Green led the Pirates attack with seven RBIs as Giovanni Caraballo scored three times and Aidan O’Sullivan, TJ Mahoney and Ronan Mullally scored twice each. Dillon Ostrander, Mikey Light and Mikey McManus each collected two hits for the Rays.
The Pirates then defeated the Pier 92 Cardinals, 11-8. Liam McIvor led the offense for the Pirates with two hits and three RBIs. Corey Schwach also added two hits and Aidan O’Sullivan and Giovanni Caraballo scored twice each. Ronan Mullally, Jason Moore, Liam McIvor and Corey Schwach each pitched an inning. The Cardinals were led by Mike Tuffy with two hits, two runs and three RBIs and Ryan Clark with a two-run double.
In Minor Boys action, the 7-2 second place F.C. Gerlach Jays faced off against the Dalton Sea Side Grill White Sox. The Sox jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but the Jays roared back with six runs in the third inning. Brian Keane, Griffin Skammel, Joe Braskey, Liam Howley and Andrew Erhard all had hits for the Jays in the big inning. The Sox were undeterred, however, and answered back with three runs of their own in the top of the fourth. Aidan Donohue, Chris Quagliarello, and Shawn Hennessy all had key ABs in the inning for the Sox. Joe Braskey smacked a two-run HR for the Jays in the fifth to widen their lead, and Timmy Connolly struck out all five batters he faced to get the save as the Jays took the contest by a final score of 8-5.
DIAMOND DUST – This weekend, Rockaway Little League is proud to cheer on Aiden Gallagher of the Major Boys Marlins in the MLB Team Championship round of the National Pitch, Hit and Run competition. Aiden competes Sunday at Yankee Stadium. Good luck Aiden...RLL Night at the Cyclones is June 25. Contact Rich Mills (917-670- 7181) for ticket info....For updates and standings go to www.rockawaylittlelea gueny.co