Dodgers And Orioles Battle To 10-10 Tie
On Sunday, May 20, the Walsh Properties Dodgers faced the Rockaway Properties Orioles. The game ended in a 10-10 tie, but hey a tie is the same as a win for both teams! Marie Elise Piccione played an excellent third base and also hit a double for the Dodgers.
She scored twice in the first inning. Margaret Murray also had a great game defensively, playing a solid first base.
Pitching for the Dodgers was Mary Haley, who did very well in getting to know the strike zone and got herself to first base three times on walks. Katherine Wrynn’s bat was on fire as she hit during all her at bats, including smacking a triple! Gianna Grillo joined the hit rally knocking out a solo homer! Bridget Rose had two bases loaded hits for the Orioles. All the players from both the Dodgers and Orioles put in a great effort, looking forward to see what the remainder of the season holds for them.
A few days earlier, the Major Girl Orioles – sponsored by VIP Fire Sprinklers – faced the Knights of Columbus Marlins.
The Marlins fielded a skeleton crew. Only seven players were able to make the game due to vacations and sickness. The Marlins were still as excited to play as usual, though.
Chrissy Diehm showed great team spirit by asking her coach if she would be willing to let her cover the entire outfield; and boy did she do it with style! She put herself in front of every ball that came to her, chased everything that went over her head and even caught a pop-up! The rest of the team came to Diehm’s aid each time the ball went deep taking all the cut-offs. Meghan Duffy got her first opportunity to play first base, and with the excellent job she did, it is safe to say this won’t be the last time.
Rowan Powers-Velasquez also got an opportunity to play a new position over at second base. She made a few plays at the bag and helped Chrissy Diehm with some cut-offs from right field. Shannon Mangan caught a line-drive hit to her at shortstop and helped her teammate Diehm shag down some grounders. Taylor Scaccia, who did well at third base, kept the whole team happy, and even had the umpire cracking a few smiles.
The Marlins debuted a new pitcher, Liliana Bartoli, who struck a few of the Orioles out with the help of catcher Carolyn Diehm who put up a great target. Despite the Marlins’ best efforts in the field, they couldn’t get their bats fired up against the very talented pitcher from the Orioles.
On Sunday, the Marlins tried to rebound against the Friends of Phil Goldfeder Cardinals, but again the Marlins were playing with a team of seven. The generous Cardinals offered up one of their players each inning to help man the outfield. The Marlins were still overpowered by the Redbirds offense and while they were ultimately beaten, the Marlins put forth their best efforts.
Chrissy Diehm was the only turquoise shirt in the outfield and just as in the prior game, she did an excellent job (and was probably very exhausted by the time she got home!!). Diehm also scored a run in the third inning. The Marlins were happy to welcome back a healthy Hannah Nicholson who immediately had her bat swinging. She rocked out a double and hit three singles. Meghan Duffy did a great job at second base. She also smacked a double in the fourth inning and scored twice during the game. Carolyn Diehm caught for the Marlins’ newest pitcher, Rowan Powers-Velasquez. Diehm caught a foul ball from behind the plate and is really proving herself a force to be reckoned with! Shannon Mangan hit a single and scored once along with Taylor Scaccia who got on base and scored in the sixth inning.
The Marlins left smiling as always; they are proving that what they may be lacking on the scoreboard at some points they make up in spirit and heart. Their coaches continue to be very proud of them and are looking forward to having all ten Marlins back together!
In boys baseball action, Bartoli Chiropractic Rockies finally got to play after weeks of rainouts, taking on the Casino Auto Body Dodgers in the Minor Boys division. Taking the mount for the Rockies was Luca Bartoli, who let up three runs. Closing the game out was Jack Bambury. Fine defense was played by Daniel Hazan, Willy Warnock, Pat O’Sullivan, Jessie Funtleyder, David Caspi and Ryan Duffy behind the plate. The Bartoli Chiropractic Rockies edged the Dodgers 7-5.
Diamond Dust: On Monday, May 28, Rockaway Little League will march in the Memorial Day parade. Please send your son or daughter in uniform shirt. Special caps will be provided by league president, Marty Andresen. Let’s get a good showing for our soldiers, past and present.