2012-04-20 / Sports

Rockaway Little League Announces Opening Day Extravaganza

Major Girls Kick Off 2012 With Extra-Inning Thriller

Eyes on the Prize: Beth Dunn of the Rockaway Properties Orioles lashes an RBI single Eyes on the Prize: Beth Dunn of the Rockaway Properties Orioles lashes an RBI single Last Sunday, the first game of the year in Rockaway Little League’s Major Girls division was a thriller, with the VIP Fire Sprinklers

Orioles edging the Friends of Phil Goldfeder Cardinals, 12-10, in seven innings.

TheMajor Girls Orioles could hardly wait for opening day and it showed as they jumped to a 10-2 lead by the fourth inning. Their

#1 starter, Emma Meade, led the team early with a home run, three runs scored and solid pitching.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Cardinals sent 12 girls to the plate and scored seven times to make this debut game a nailbiter. Rory Kirk had a bases-clearing double in the frame. It looked like the Redbirds might complete their incredible comeback, with second and third and only one out in the last half of the sixth inning. But the Orioles got out of the jam with a double play.

In extra innings the Orioles didn’t waste any time as Kelly Davan led off the seventh with her third hit of the game and then Molloy

Breslin stepped to the plate.

Breslin crushed the first pitch she saw deep over the left fielder’s head for a go-ahead two-run home run. Jenna Lonborg came on to record the save. The Orioles’ manager was very pleased with solid team effort – all 10 girls in the line-up had at least one hit – and their never-say-die attitude.

There was also a well-played game in Minor Girls last Sunday. The El Caribe Caterers White Sox held off the Rockaway Properties

Orioles, 5-3, behind the strong pitching of Corinne Connelly. After the Sox jumped out to a 4-0 lead, the O’s rallied to halve the lead and were threatening to do more damage with the bases loaded. Connelly escaped the jam. The teams traded runs to forge the final.

In Pee Wee Girls, where everyone is a winner, the Walsh Properties Reds were at the Lichtenstein Lions Diamondbacks to start off the Sunday morning games. Newcomers to the league, Devon Conrath, Averi Dalton and Kaitlyn Nestor all showed that they can handle themselves at the plate and in the field. Courtney Domenech, Melissa Domenech and Hannah Hermance showed the opponents their great throwing arms. Veterans Katey Celentano, Jenna Karr, Keira Rodkin and Danielle Stamos showed power at the plate and made all of their plays in the field. In addition, they all had a lot of fun running the bases.

Rockaway Little League’s annual Opening Day Extravaganza will be held tomorrow (Saturday, April 21). As always, there will be a parade, rides, food, contests and prizes. Senator Charles Schumer, Congressman Bob Turner, Senator Joe Addabbo and Councilman Eric Ulrich are among the politicians who have been invited.

And there will be some regular season baseball and softball, too. Seven games are scheduled on fields 1, 2 and 4.

Parents are asked to drop their children off near the firehouse on Beach 169 Street between 9:00 and 9:15. The Beach 169 Street entrance will be closed around 9:15 to prepare the parade route.

The children will march with their teams. The parade begins at 9:30. The ceremony starts with the National Anthem at 10:00. The Challenger-Celebrity game begins at 10:30. The food and rides open at 11:00 and will end around 2:00. The Half Moon ride arrives at noon.

This year’s “celebrity” players include “BlackJack” Ryan (Basketball Spinner), Steve Stathis (Graybeards), Jonathon O’Leary (Rockaway Jetty), Ryan Whelan (RIBS), Terence Mullin (Mullin Basketball Camp), Marty McManus (Jameson’s Owner), Kevin Coursey, Rob Kiley and Mikey Egan (Contestants on Expedition Adventure).

Diamond Dust: This is the 59th season for Rockaway Little League ... All games are played in Fort Tilden, Gateway NRA ... Tee Ball starts on April 28.

Picture Day will be held on April 29 and May 5. Check with your coach to find out when your child’s team will be photographed ...

Consult the RLL web site (www.rockawaylittleleagueny.com) for more information, updates, schedules and standings.

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