More Pitching, More Defense And More Rain
Mother Nature continued her rainy assault on the Rockaway Little League schedule last week but some stellar performances shined through the gloom, including a pitchers’ duel in Major Boys and a triple play in Pee Wee Seniors.
In Major Boys, the Brown’s Hardware Diamondbacks faced off against the Wave Publishing Orioles on Monday night in what was a tightly contested game. Starting pitchers James McManus and Jon Allcock were excellent for their respective teams. The Orioles took the lead in the second inning as Kieran Mills had a base hit and stole home.
The Orioles plated another run in the third as CJ Gallagher walked and came home to score on a fielder’s choice by Mills. Meanwhile, the D’Backs were held in check through the third inning, but their bats woke up in the fourth as they rallied for three runs to take a 3-2 lead. JJ Moran, Griffin Skammel, Matty Ostrander, Ryan Schwach and Patrick Watters all had base hits for the D’Backs in the inning. The Orioles tied it up in the fifth as Gallagher walked and scored on a base hit by Vincent Carruba. No more scoring was to be done by either team as Moran and Mills provided stellar relief pitching. The game ended in a 3-3 tie after seven innings.
The Henry Myers Plumbing & Heating Blue Jays, bolstered by a triple play in the second inning, breezed to an 8-2 victory over the Ram Title Orioles in Pee Wee Senior action. James Mangan and Colin Byrne pulled off the rare “triple killing” to snuff out an early Orioles rally. After that, the bats took over. Kevin Dougherty has a great day at the plate with two singles. Byrne also hit the ball well and Ryan O’Shea scored the go-ahead run. Matt Sweeney had a solid game at catcher.
In the Pee Wee Junior division, Dr. Schilling’s Padres played the Empire Surgical Products Marlins. It was a hitter’s slugfest. The stand-out sluggers leading the way for the Padres were Daniel Colon, Michael King and Tristan Guzman. Each had delivered two out singles knocking in two runs. They not only contributed with their bats, they also flashed good leather in the field.
Diamond Dust: Even the make-up Photo Day was rained out. Contact Sportography if your child did not get photographed.