2012-05-11 / Sports

Defense And Pitching Shine Through

Eva Powers-Valasquez watches her RBI single fly for the Orioles. The White Sox surged back to win 23-10. Eva Powers-Valasquez watches her RBI single fly for the Orioles. The White Sox surged back to win 23-10. April showers arrived late this year and made for a wet week in Fort Tilden but players squeezed some stellar glove and mound work between the raindrops.

While other games were getting washed out, the Harbor Light Pub Pirates posted a whitewash in Minor Boys. Pitching was the name of the game as they defeated the Denis S. O’Connor Cubs, 7-0. Pirates starting pitcher Ian Byrne threw three shutout innings, striking out eight and giving up just one hit.

Reliever Daniel Green matched Byrne by striking out seven with just one hit in his three shutout innings. Cubs starter Dylan Abernathy kept the game scoreless by working out of jams in the first and second inning but the Pirates finally broke through in the third as Corey Schwach walked with the bases loaded for the first run of the game. The Pirates then broke it open with five runs in the fourth, the big hit being a two run triple by Green. The Pirates improved to 3-3 with the victory.

The bats were a lot hotter in the Minor Girls matchup between the El Caribe Caterers White Sox and the Rockaway Properties Orioles. With the Sox’s Paige McDade and Brooke Leahy on base in the first inning, Morgan Connolly sent one over everyone’s head for a stand-up triple. The merry-go-round continued with Juliana Kelly and Olivia Stack swinging big bats for the Sox and Caitlin Mullin keeping pace for the Orioles. The girls in black prevailed, 23-10. Winning pitchers Corinne Connelly and Maeve Murnan got good support from catcher Erin Frerks. Kiera Prices had the play of the game with an unassisted double play.

In the Pee Wee Jr. division, Dr. Schilling’s Padres faced the Slices and Ices Angels on Sunday, April 29. Defense was the name of the game. The score was held close by great defensive plays by both teams. Jared Garcia of the Padres made two outstanding plays at second base, catching and then throwing out two speedy runners at first.

Another notable defensive gem was turned in by Eitan Hazan. He charged a slow roller past the mound and made a strong throw to narrowly get the runner at first for the third out, keeping the game close. The dead lock between the two teams was broken when Michael Nestor hit a line drive down the third base line driving in the goahead run.

Diamond Dust: Sunday is Mother’s Day. We celebrate Mom with an off day. Thanks Mom.... Consult the RLL web site (www.rockawaylittleleagueny.com) for more information, updates, schedules and standings.

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