RLL Players Soar In Pitch, Hit And Run Contest
Every kid dreams of playing at Citi Field or Yankee Stadium. Ten Rockaway Little League players took a step in that direction by earning medals in the sectional Pitch, Hit and Run contest last week. Rockaway players took home five golds and five silvers. The medalists were Dylan Loconte (gold in Boys 7-8), Sean Hennessy (gold in Boys 9-10), James Resker (silver in Boys 9- 10), Brendan Gallagher (gold in Boys 11- 12), Billy Esposito (silver in Boys 11-12), Aiden Gallagher (gold in Boys 13-14), Kieran Mills (silver in Boys 13- 14), Carianne Sconzo (silver in Girls 9- 10), Meagan Duffy (gold in Girls 11-12) and Ana Nicole Rodriguez (silver in Girls 13- 14).
Based on their total score, medalists may advance to the MLB Team Championship level. That competition will take place at Citi Field in June.
Aiden Gallagher, who put up a huge score of 1216 this year, advanced to last year’s MLB level competition at Yankee Stadium.
Kieren Mills also put up an impressive tally (880) in securing his silver medal. Winners at the MLB level advance to the National Championships that will be held during Major League Baseball’s All-Star Week, July 9 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.
RLL honored those who made the ultimate sacrifice by playing no games during Memorial Day weekend and marching in the Rockaway Parade. Coach Fred Marino’s Pee Wee Junior Cardinals made a good showing.
During the week, a few games were played. In the Major Boys division, the Bartoli Chiropractic Rockies defeated Brown’s Hardware Diamondbacks. Lefty hurler Jag Guidorelli shut the door on the Diamondbacks, allowing one earned run. He got great support in the field from Jessie Funtleyder, Luca Bartoli, Jack Bambury and David Caspi. Luca Bartoli drove in two go-ahead runs and Pat O’Sullivan nailed a hit driving in another two runs in the bottom of the fifth to give the Bartoli Chiropractic Rockies a 5-1 lead and win.
In Pee Wee Girls, Robin Shapiro Realty A’s and Lichtenstein Lions Diamondbacks played an action packed game on Sunday. The sun was shining and the girls had the opportunity to pitch and catch and all the girls did a great job! For the A’s, CC Agoglia, Jenna Colleran, Bridget Leahy, Fiona Mullen and Kelsie Price chipped in to pitch three strong innings.
The bats came alive with Caitlin Mullen, Samantha Murray, Daisy O’Grady, Shannon Rose and Caroline and Charlotte Spaeth leading the way. Great plays on the field by Lauren Endall, Katelyn Mitterway, Maria Morley and Maggie Roness helped pave the way for the Big Green A’s Machine. The Diamondbacks rattled the A’s and kept up the pace with Katherine Celentano, Devon Conrath, Averi Dalton, and Courtney and Melissa Domenech leading the way.
The hits kept on coming for Hannah Hermance, Jenna Karr, Lily Leane, Kaitlyn Nestor and Sarah O’Shea. Spectacular fielding plays were made by Sofia Pesso, Keira Rodkin, Danielle Stamos, Grace Sullivan and Fiorela Vara. The two teams had fun and the game ended in a 15-15 tie.
Diamond Dust: Rockaway Little League’s All-Star Friday will be on June 15.