2012-05-04 / Sports

Close Contests Highlight Rockaway Little League Action


The Dodgers’ Jim Durante turns for home and outruns the throw from right field for the go-ahead run. The Dodgers’ Jim Durante turns for home and outruns the throw from right field for the go-ahead run. Rockaway Little League’s competitive balance shined through the clouds last week with several one-run games and a couple of extra-inning affairs.

In Major Boys, the Brown’s Hardware Diamondbacks evened their season record at 2-2, defeating the Casino Auto Body Dodgers 6-5 in a well-played contest. JJ Moran and Brendan Gallagher were the respective starters for their squads, and both pitched well in a see-saw game.

The D’backs trailed 5-4 late in the game, but were able to plate single runs in the bottom of the 5th and 6th, as Danny Morales worked a two-out, 10-pitch walk, stole second, and came around with the winning run on Liam Malsy’s double. Robbie Rose was on base three times, Riley Seiderman had three hits, and Timmy Connolly contributed three innings of no hit, shutout relief for the D’backs. Billy Esposito smacked a home run and a double for the Dodgers.

The D’backs then played again on Saturday, facing off against the Camuto Group A’s. This was another tight, well-pitched contest, with the A’s eventually winning 3-2 on Tommy Collins’ RBI single in the bottom of the fourth inning. Starters James McManus and Tyler McLaughlin both pitched excellent games. Joe O’Connor picked up the win for the A’s with three innings of stellar relief. Ryan Schwach had two hits for the D’backs.

The Major Girls Marlins also played a couple of tough games this past week. The Knights of Columbus squad played exceptionally well in both. On April 26, the girls played against the Friends of Phil Goldfeder Cardinals and gave it their all. Christine Diehm covered first base well, getting two outs and got a sweet RBI double in the fifth and scored on Liliana Bartolli’s home run, which also drove in Meaghan Duffy.

Hannah Nicholson demonstrated how well pitchers can hit with two doubles, driving in four runs. Emily Frerks launched out a double and scored in the fourth, also hitting a single that drove in two runs in the sixth inning. Frerks also played great defensively at second base. Rowan Powers-Velasquez, got an RBI single in the first and scored on a walk in the sixth, in addition to two putouts while playing third base. The Cards scored seven runs in the fourth, knocking the threeinning lead the Marlins were carrying, giving the Cards a 14-12 victory.

Two days later, the Marlins met the VIP Fire Sprinklers Orioles, and the bats of both teams were red-hot! Liz Paperelli did a great job as catcher putting out one at home and smacking a double scoring two! Meg Duffy picked up 10 K’s as pitcher, got herself two doubles and a single, scoring three times and adding three RBIs for the Marlins. Carolyn Diehm got an RBI single while Hannah Nicholson, covering first base put out four runners, smacked out a homer and had two RBI singles, one of which broke the tie and won the game for the Marlins. All of the players did a fabulous job, bringing home their first win. The Marlins will gladly welcome a healthy Shannon Mangan this week.

In Minor Girls, the Walsh Properties Dodgers played a difficult game against the Rockaway Properties Orioles last Saturday. Maggie Brady’s smart at-bats gave her two singles and one walk where she scored twice on two triples hit by Gianna Grillo. Grillo also drove in Katie Hogg after Hogg hit a single. The only other run allowed by the Orioles was scored by Jackie Piccione who hit a single. Margaret Murray drove in Piccione, which proved to be the winning run. The offense was complemented by Katie Hogg, Kathleen Walker, Maggie Brady and Grillo. The Dodgers did well defensively holding the Orioles to three runs. The Dodgers pulled it out with a 4-3 win. Congrats to all the players on both sides for a great game.

The Harbor Light Pirates played in two high scoring Minor Boys affairs last week. First, the Graybeards Reds held off the Bucs 10-8. The Pirates jumped out to an early lead, scoring four in the top of the first on a two-run single by Brendan Vazquez and two-run double by Mike Light.

The Reds responded with a five post, sparked by Jack Brandes’ bases-loaded triple. James Resker (double) and Thomas Resker (triple) pushed across two more in the second frame but a great relay from leftfielder Ryan Clark to shortstop Ian Byrne to pitcher Daniel Green cut Thomas down at the plate. The Reds increased the lead to 10-4, but Ian Byrne hit a grand slam in the top of fifth to make it 10-8.

On Saturday, the Pirates bounced back to outslug the Ram Title Orioles 16-10. Pirates starter Daniel Green pitched three shutout innings, striking out seven. Mike Light and Corey Schwach each had two-run doubles for the Pirates. Schwach finished with four RBIs; Light and Green had three RBIs each. Corey Wade had a two-run double and Anthony Markle a two-run single for the Orioles.

In the Pee Wee Jr. division, Dr. Schilling’s Padres went up against the East Meets West Braves last Wednesday. It was a hard fought contest. Connor McElhinney made two outstanding fielding plays at third base resulting in unassisted putouts. Nikki Mortellaro had a hot bat driving in two runs with two singles up the middle. Last Saturday, the Padres faced the Slices and Ices Angels.

In the game Danny Schilling made two unbelievable plays in the infield, an unassisted double play at second and later in the game grabbed a high chopper at third resulting in an unassisted put out. The great fielding continued with Timmy O’Brien demonstrating a strong arm by throwing out two runners at first. Unfortunately, the Padres had to place Dylan Grosseto on the disabled list with a broken leg. Hopefully, Dylan will be able to return before the end of the season.

Diamond Dust: Picture Day will be held on Sunday and on 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.

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