2011-06-17 / Sports

Pee Wee Seniors Battle To The Wire, Playoffs Start This Weekend

Runner for the Orion Orioles slides under the tag in the O’s 10-9 win. Runner for the Orion Orioles slides under the tag in the O’s 10-9 win. With the second season beginning this weekend in all competitive divisions, three teams in the Pee Wee Senior division battled last week for the top spot.

The DJs at Work Reds (10-1) have led the Pee Wee Senior division wire-towire but the Sconzo & Sconzo Jays (9-2) have stayed on their heels with the American Legion Braves (8-4) within striking distance.

On Monday, the Reds bumped the Braves out of the pennant race with a 12-6 victory. The Jays meanwhile hung on to hopes of a first place tie by escaping with a 4-3 win over the Mak Mint Used Cars Dodgers. In a pitching duel between the Dodgers and the Jays, the Dodgers’ Billy Reyes looked like Orel Hershiser on the mound holding the Jays scoreless through two innings.

In the bottom of the third the Jays took a 1-0 lead on a key RBI single by third basemen Cory Davis. The score remained 1-0 due to outstanding fielding by the Jay’s Bobby Benoit, Carianne Sconzo and Jonathan Rodriguez. The Jays had outstanding pitching by Shawn O’Keefe and Joe Tammaro. The Dodgers came roaring back in the top of the fourth when Terence Marten hit a bases-loaded rope down the left field line for a double that scored two runs. The Dodgers added another run on a sacrifice grounder to make the score 3- 1. With game time running out, the Jays pulled out a victory in the bottom of the fourth scoring three runs. The Jays were able to overcome their biggest challenge of the year with key at-bats by Kyle Duffy, Kieran Conaghan and Giancarlo Conti who each reached base safely two times.

Shining Stars: Participants in the Minor Girls All-Star game. Shining Stars: Participants in the Minor Girls All-Star game. In another Pee Wee Seniors thriller, The Wave Publishing Pirates and Slices N Ices Orioles hooked up in an exciting game in which the Pirates prevailed with a walk-off, 9-8 victory. The Orioles jumped off to a quick 5-0 lead in the first inning. Christian Banker provided the big hit with a two-run single. The Pirates chipped away to make it 5-4 over the next two innings. The Orioles answered right back with another 3 runs to restore an 8-4 lead. Once again the Pirates responded to make it 8-7 entering the final inning. The Pirates loaded the bases with one out but Jason Sebastiano fought back to strike out the Pirates’ lead off hitter. Daniel Green then stroked a solid base hit to center to bring in the tying and winning runs. That gave him five RBIs for the game. James Mangan and Jason Moore scored three times each for the Pirates. Corey Schwach continued his fine pitching with a shutout inning and Daniel Green pitched the final 1 2/3 innings for the win. Josh Montero, Timmy Mills and Jason Sebastiano pitched well for the Orioles. Christian Banker paced the Orioles attack with three RBIs and Frankie Sebastiano scored twice. Timmy Mills had a key base hit in the first inning Oriole rally and Jason Sebastiano hit a long double leading off the fourth.

In Pee Wee Girls, the Margaret Sorensen Trust Orioles finished up their season with a week of exciting games. In game one against the F.C. Gerlach Dodgers, Maria Morley and Katey Celentano led off the line-up with two powerful singles down the third base line. Caitlin Moran and Fiona Mullen followed their lead, driving in the first couple of runs of the game. The infield trio of Keira Rodkin, Sophia Keeler and Jennifer Quagliariello let nothing by, making way for some quick innings.

With only a day to rest between games, the Orioles next faced the Animal Hospital of the Rockaways Pirates which proved to be another game of powerful bats. In the top of the second inning, Corinne Connelly and Jillian Schneider nailed their first pitches to left and right field, respectively, which made way for Alexa Giambra to get her first RBI of the season. Maeve Murnan made her pitching debut facing the heat of the Pirates line-up. In their final game of the season, the Orioles faced the Dodgers one last time and their powerful bats proved once again to be a force to be reckoned with. Second graders Sophia Keeler, Jennifer Quagliariello, Jillian Schneider and Maeve Murnan showed that they are ready to advance to the Minors. Alexandra Conaboy went 2-for-2 at the plate and made some nice plays at first base, wrapping up a great season for the Orioles.

Finally, in Pee Wee Juniors, an epic defensive battle was waged between Dr. Schilling’s Padres and the Robin Shapiro Realty Cardinals. George Hance made a great running catch to prevent the Cardinals from scoring and keeping the game close. Steven Colleta while playing third base made two outstanding plays stopping the ball from going down the line while forcing the lead runner at third. Danny Schilling playing second made a diving catch and threw the runner out at first base from his knees. Isaac Davis stopped a line drive up the middle and turned an unassisted double play, by tagging the runner and stepping on second base. Stellar defensive plays on both sides helped to keep the game close throughout the afternoon.

Sign up to kayak with RLL and Gateway. The park has a great paddling and surfing program. Ranger John Daskalakis is working with RLL to create events for Little League families. Contact Paul King (king148@verizon.net) for more information.

DIAMOND DUST – RLL Night at the Cyclones is June 25. Contact Rich Mills (917-670-7181) or your coach for ticket info ... For updates and standings go to www.rockawaylittleleagueny.com. Come enjoy playoff action in Gateway NRA all week.

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