Little League Crowns Six Champions
The Rockaway Little League season came to a fantastic finish last week as six teams won division championships. In the Major Girls and Major Boys divisions, the deciding games of the three-game sets were both one-run affairs.
The 2011 champions in each division are: Pee Wee Seniors – DJ’s at Work Reds; Minor Girls – Sportography Reds; Minor Boys – Harbor Light Pub Dodgers; Major Girls – F.C. Gerlach Braves; Major Boys – Bartoli Chiropractic A’s; Junior Boys – J&E Industries Orioles.
The Major divisions (11-, 12- and 13-year-old boys, 12-, 13- and 14-year-old-girls) had the most dramatic championships. Since there are fewer teams in the older divisions, the Majors are settled by three-game series.
In Major Boys, the last-place Bartoli Chiropractic A’s stormed into the finals by knocking off the topseeded Henry Myers Plumbing & Heating Rockies and then grabbed game one of the championship series, 8-6. The Coastal Real Estate Marlins evened the series with dominant pitching in game two. The 3- 0 victory set the stage for a winner-take-all finale last Sunday. The Marlins took the early advantage and looked like they would break the game open. Luca Bartoli came in for relief in the second inning with bases loaded and no outs and held the Marlins to two runs.
In the fourth inning the A’s grabbed the lead with a four-run rally. Jack Bambury, Joe O’Conner and Eric Potter had three consecutive singles. Potter drove Bambury in for an RBI. Bartoli hit into a fielder’s choice, but he brought O’Conner in for an RBI. Jack Schluger singled and drove in Potter. Kyle Calamia singled in Schluger. Charlie Bostwick also singled in the inning.
The A’s led 6-5 and padded their advantage in the fifth inning when O’Connor singled in Mike Mure. James Pisano singled home Bartoli for a run in the sixth inning.The Marlins, who had an outstanding regular season, would not go quietly however. In their last licks, the Fish plated two runs to pull to 8-7. With the bases loaded and two outs, A’s closer Jack Bambury fell behind the batter, 3-0. Jack came back with two called strikes. On the payoff pitch, the batter hit a grounder down the third base line. Pisano fielded the ball, stepped on third base for the final out for the champion A’s.
The Major Girls “world series” also went the distance. All three games were decided by one run with two of the games being decided in the victor’s final at bat.Offense was mainly on display throughout the epic battle, mixed in with a few top notch defensive plays. Game 1 was won by the F.C. Gerlach Braves, 15-14, with the T. Moriarty and Son Angels answering the bell in Game 2, winning 18-17. In Game 3 the Braves came from behind in their last at bat to take the Series with a 13-12 victory. Look for a full report on this classic series next week.
In both the Minor Girls and the Pee Wee Senior divisions, the Reds were too hot to handle. Both squads posted 9-0 wins in the title games. The Sportography Reds topped the Walsh Properties Orioles in the girls’ game. On the boys’ side, the DJ’s at Work Reds ran out to a 5-0 first inning lead before coasting to their own 9-0 win over the Sconzo & Sconzo Blue Jays.
The Reds were led by the pitching of James and Tom Resker, Colin Byrne and Ryan Gibson. Outstanding hitting was provided by Kiernan Smith, Danny Grillo, Brendan (B.B.) Byrne, Brendan Connolly, Michael Potter, Michael Caprio, Leon Levy and Matt Tubridy. Exceptional fielding was delivered by Ryan Murphy, Jacob Meyers and T.J. McElhinney.
In the non-competitive Pee Wee Junior action, Dr. Schilling’s Pods had a season-ending “doubleheader” against the NY Stars Ice Hockey Jays. In game one, the Padres and Jays faced off in what turned out to be a hitting exhibition. In the third inning, the Padres had a rally with hard line drives provided by Daniel Colon, Danny Schilling, Gianluca Tometti, and Ryan Hogg and Andre Cadet.
Stellar defensive plays were turned in by Nicholas Fiore, Patrick Kelly and Jack Conrath in the last game. The outcome was close with both sides having fun and exhibiting sportsmanship.
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RLL wishes, “Good luck to our 9-10 district team as they will play for the district championship on July 5 at Fort Tilden. Come root them on!”